Liberal opposition could thwart THAAD

by Hichem Karoui The impeachment of President Park Geun-hye by the National Assembly in December 2016 opened the Korean political scene to manifold uncertainties. The Constitutional Court will have to examine the impeachment motion, but the belief that Ms. Park will be legally removed, is prevailing. Meanwhile, the prime minister, […]

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The Fallout from the Iran Nuclear Deal

Will the United States recalibrate its policy toward Iran? By Hichem Karoui | Beijing Review- NO. 9 MARCH 2, 2017   While the former U.S. administration was perceived by its Arab allies in the Gulf as prioritizing an appeasement deal with Iran, the new administration is coming back to the old […]

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Shanghai Communique as relevant today as 45 years ago

by Hichem Karoui Why four sentences – just 75 words – make up one of the most important statements in international relations and helped lay the foundation for our modern world. “The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one […]

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France and China, a winning partnership

From: CGTN Hichem Karoui French media platforms commenting on the visit of Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to Beijing on February 21-23 emphasized the need for both countries to cooperate in fighting against the rise of “protectionism.” Some associated the visit of the French PM to an attempt at rallying China […]

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Michael T. Flynn — the man who did not adapt to changing US-Russia realities

by Hichem Karoui CGTN. Beijing. (Editor: Li Kun) While Democrats and liberals are now questioning the connections of Trump’s White House with Moscow, Lieutenant-General Michael T. Flynn seems to be the first scapegoat in this battle. A battle nurtured by a growing feud between different political groups in the US […]

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Chinese case key to deciding legality of Trump’s Muslim ban?

by Hichem Karoui CGTN- Beijing (Editor: Li Kun) ‍Although a US court has suspended the Trump Muslim ban, and an appeals court rejected a White House request to reinstate it, the case is not over. The president still has several means to overturn the suspension and on Tuesday the US […]

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Not all Arabs are against Trump

Hichem Karoui CGTN . Beijing   People around the world may reproach President Donald Trump for many things… but not keeping his campaign promises doesn’t seem to be one of them. Since his first days in office, he has been putting his words into action, outraging many of his critics. […]

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The ritual of firing ambassadors and appointing others

Hichem Karoui CGTN. Beijing On July 2, 1881, Charles Guiteau shot US President James Garfield as retribution for Garfield’s refusal to appoint him as ambassador to Vienna or consul general to Paris. Patronage excesses and scandals after the American Civil War had produced calls for reform to government bureaucracy, and […]

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Why is ISIL targeting Turkey?

By Hichem Karoui   CGTN: 2017-01-03   As shocking as it was, the Turkish security services should hardly have been surprised by the attack of the Reina club, aware as they are that their country has been a terrorist target for some time now. But the issue of Turkey being […]

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