The objective of Dìyuán Politika, a weekly column written by Jean Germano, is to analyze examples of geopolitical affairs and attempt to make them digestible for the average layperson while also providing a glimpse at some interesting instances in geopolitical affairs.
In 1975, at the tail end of the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, Zhou Enlai proclaimed before the National People’s Congress and Mao Zedong his “Four Modernizations” whose focuses on material development were a stark contrast to “revolutionary” policy that focused on upending society to create an idealized revolutionary state.
The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) aid to Africa, to the surprise of some casual observers, has roots that are as deep and old as those of the United States in the region.
Peacemaking requires everyone. The peace treaty that inspired this column has almost completely frayed over an agreement made by the United States to return 5,000 Taliban prisoners held by the central government.
Before the wall-to-wall coverage of COVID-19, didn’t the United States sign a peace deal with the Taliban? For that matter, wasn’t World War III about to happen at the start of this year? It’s simply overwhelming.