Vietnam’s prime minister concluded a six-day visit to China last week, which focused on deepening economic ties that have been strained by spillover from China and Vietnam’s disputes in the South China Sea. But those ties do not come at the expense of Vietnam’s own territorial and maritime claims.
Over the past few years, Mongolia’s once vibrant economy, buoyed by mineral riches, has languished to the point that there are some legitimate concerns that the country is on its way to bankruptcy. The current situation has placed the new government in Ulaanbaatar in an extremely volatile situation.
In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and host Peter Dörrie discuss the resignation of Mexico’s finance minister, Gabon’s contested election, and the EU’s Ireland-Apple ruling. For the Report, Hugh White joins us to talk about the risk of war between the U.S. and China.