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Understanding the Arrest of Meng from a Chinese Perspective

After media broke the news that Canada had arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese government responded with initially a series of severe warnings. Since understanding China is the key to bringing the two Canadians home and repairing Sino-Canadian relations, we must examine this question in depth: why is China angry?

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Canada Legalized Marijuana and Trump’s America Does Not Like It—Let’s Hope We Can Still Be Friends

Since Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis, the border running along the 49th parallel has become thicker. American Customs and Border Protection officers fear they are ill-equipped to do their jobs in the face of more Canadians having easy access to the drug. Are we next in line for a border wall?

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The Dalai Lama Visits Mongolia: Who's Slapping Who with the Yellow Hat?

Two months ago, on November 18th, 2016 His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Mongolia. He had been invited to speak by the Gandantegchinlen Monastery on issues of materialism and faith in the twenty-first century. Normally this would not be a newsworthy event outside of Ulaanbaatar and yet it made many Western headlines. This visit was significant because the Dalai Lama’s confirmed the identity of the 10th Jebtsundampa Khatagt, which signalled the growing importance of Mongolia in future Tibetan-Chinese relations. This however, was completed missed by many Western news sources who spun this even as significant because of economic reasons.

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Iranian and Saudi Rivalries: Pouring Oil on Troubled Waters

The Iranian-Saudi hostility is one of the most vehement in the world; propelling the entire middle-eastern region into a series of proxy struggles and divvying world-super powers into allies and foes. This destructive legacy however is at a cross-road. Political pundits are divided in the current calamity; will amicable OPEC negotiations lead to a new Middle Eastern hegemony, bringing stability to the entire region or will hostile status quo challenges propel the Middle East down its present path of Machiavellian inferno?

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The Cold War and the Arctic OPEC

Numerous northern states have asserted sovereignty over parts of the Arctic, nevertheless they are often conflicting with other countries or the indigenous nations that reside on the lands. This also means that if any commercial ships were to pass through the waters and come into any danger, there is no sole jurisdiction’s whose responsibility it would be to conduct search and rescue operations.

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Rising Land and Rising Sea: Artificial Islands in the South China Sea

The South China Sea is the economic heartbeat of East Asia’s future.Approximately 50% of the world’s shipping flowing through its arteries — double that of the Suez Canal and Panama Canal combined. Its development is central to China’s Maritime Silk Road and is crucial to the economies of the region more generally. But amidst great opportunity lies danger in the form of unresolved territorial disputes.

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