Trump has gaffed on Taiwan, but what actually is the point of the ‘One China’ policy?

Donald Trump’s call from Taiwan was nothing but a clueless gaffe. But what is the point of the ‘One China’ policy, and isn’t it time America endorsed Taiwanese legitimacy?

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Dumping the foreign ministries with Brexit undesirables does not bode well for Theresa May’s foreign policy

Dumping Brexiteers in all of Britain’s foreign policy ministries does not bode well for the amount of attention Theresa May will give to Britain’s relationship with the world. But as she will discover now more than even is not the time to check out from our international commitments. Instead, British diplomats need to be ensuring our international partners know we remain engaged, and Britain must dive headfirst into tackling the world’s international problems.

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Ignoring immigration has brought us to the brink of Brexit catastrophe. It’s time to stop burying our heads in the sand.

Remain or Leave, this referendum must serve as a dire warning that the status quo cannot continue. Vaguely making ‘the positive case for immigration’ is no longer enough. Concrete action must be taken in recognition that some have been affected negatively by immigration, and others need to be persuaded through actions, not just words, that immigration is positive and beneficial. A return to the hysteria of the last five years, while burying our heads in the sand, will only make the situation worse and worse.

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Aid conditionality will not prevent homophobia in Africa. So what are the policy alternatives?

The counter-movement against the Western gay rights revolution is showing no signs of abating in Africa, where legal recognition of LGBT rights in all but South Africa remains a distant dream. Yet for Western governments, interventions into this sensitive international arena can prove disastrously counter-productive. A policy focus on reactive aid conditionality and public condemnation by Western leaders has only served to fuel accusations of colonialism and further marginalise LGBT Africans. Thus far, it appears that the impact of the transnational LGBT rights movement has been overwhelmingly negative in Africa.

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