Publié le 07/06/2021

China is now an undeniable heavyweight on the international scene, wielding a remarkable range of political strategies. Studying its position in the surrounding area of Southeast Asia in relation to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, as well as Australia, gives us an understanding of both the strength and the limits of such a diverse range of actions.

Military aggression in the China Seas, seduction by way of vaccines, economic control, investments wielded as tools of influence, attempts at political takeover, the marginalization of outside (i.e., Western) players in favor of organizations based within the region . . . anything goes in China’s bid to reinforce the centrality of its power in the face of states that are torn between their interests in neighboring countries and their desire for independence. The balance of power in Southeast Asia could well be symbolic of the world to come.

COVID-19 has not upset the geopolitical rationales at work across the world: the geography of vaccine distribution clearly shows it. This distribution, which broadly corresponds with the assertiveness of global powers in their respective zones of influence, reveals a geopolitics of immunity. On the other hand, the general consensus of those who have relied upon globalization up to now has been called into question, in particular with regard to the sustainability of public debt. How will they close the floodgates that were opened during the public funding crisis? Will the debts that were created therein be paid back, and if so, how?

This issue is available in French only.




China/Japan: Redefining Coexistence [1], by Céline Pajon

China/South Korea: Mutual Frustration, by Antoine Bondaz

Beijing: Taiwan's Worst and Greatest Enemy [2], by Marc Julienne and John Seaman

China and South-East Asia: Has the Die Been Cast [3], by Sophie Boisseau du Rocher

Australian Resistance in response to China, by Nadège Rolland



Is Public Debt a Problem?, by François Geerolf and Pierre Jacquet

Public Debt Outlook, by François Ecalle


COVID-19: The Geopolitics of Herd Immunity [4], by Patrick Allard (In French only - COVID-19 : géopolitique de l'immunité collective [5])

How Can American Democracy Be Fixed? [6]by Laurence Nardon


Strait of Hormuz: The War of Nerves [7], by Morgan Paglia (In French only - Détroit d'Ormuz : la guerre des nerfs [8])

Dubai's Model Versus Abu Dhabi's Centralism, by Matthieu Etourneau

Are the two Koreas Perpetually Moving Towards Peace?, by Rémy Hémez


Europe: Power and Finance, by Sylvie Goulard


Toxic Politics: China’s Environmental Health Crisis and Its Challenge to the Chinese State, by Yanzhong Huang
China Goes Green : Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet, by Yifei Li et Judith Shapiro

By John Seaman