Speaking of Asia

Skies over Asia just get darker

Recent events underscore the playing out of geopolitical rivalries among the United States, China, Russia and India

Any which way you look at it, all these developments are worrisome to the extreme.PHOTO: REUTERS

How could a Xi Jinping surprise visit to Tibet be connected to an American go-ahead to Germany to proceed with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to bring more natural gas from Russia?

Or the arrival in South-east Asian waters of HMS Queen Elizabeth and its strike group, with US Marine Corp F-35 attack fighters on board and an American destroyer as part of its flotilla, have anything to do with Beijing's crackdown on Didi Chuxing just as the ride-hailing company sold shares in New York?

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