Across a diverse swath of the developing world, from Asia to Africa and beyond, anti-China sentiment is on the rise, but political leaders are still trying to deepen ties with Beijing. This is a dangerous game, for when governments reject their people’s wishes, violence can follow.
In an international system where justice is often patchy, dependent on treaty ratifications or the political will of the Security Council, universal jurisdiction may be an important tool for accountability. But is pursuing justice using this concept an idealistic fantasy?
Malaysia is reporting roughly 12,000 COVID-19 cases per day, the highest per capita average in Southeast Asia. And with Parliament suspended since January due to a controversial national emergency declaration, its response to the pandemic is being hampered by chaotic governance and persistent political infighting.