Vasilis Trigkas

Vasilis Trigkas

Vasilis Trigkas is an Onassis Scholar and research fellow in the Belt & Road Strategy Centre at Tsinghua University

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Opinion | How no-show Donald Trump allows China to advance its influence in the Asia-Pacific

Trump’s blunders in the region, including his continued absence from the East Asia Summit, damage US strategic credibility and make it harder for smaller states to resist China’s influence. All China has to do, basically, is show up.

2 Nov 2019 - 3:27AM

Trump’s blunders in the region, including his continued absence from the East Asia Summit, damage US strategic credibility and make it harder for smaller states to resist China’s influence. All China has to do, basically, is show up.

How no-show Donald Trump allows China to advance its influence in the Asia-Pacific
Opinion | China or America? Boris Johnson’s Brexit Britain seeks a new strategy as Sino-US rivalry deepens

Brexit Britain needs friends both old (Washington) and new (Beijing), but openly courting Chinese investment, especially in tech, will sever transatlantic relations, while hewing to US sanctions will lose Britain the massive Chinese market.

15 Aug 2019 - 2:59AM

Brexit Britain needs friends both old (Washington) and new (Beijing), but openly courting Chinese investment, especially in tech, will sever transatlantic relations, while hewing to US sanctions will lose Britain the massive Chinese market.

China or America? Boris Johnson’s Brexit Britain seeks a new strategy as Sino-US rivalry deepens
Opinion | How talk of a clash of civilisations with China serves America’s purpose

Civilisational fault lines are fluid and have been used throughout history to mobilise domestic support against a rising geopolitical rival. The US State Department’s appeal to an inevitable civilisational confrontation should be challenged.

13 May 2019 - 1:00AM

Civilisational fault lines are fluid and have been used throughout history to mobilise domestic support against a rising geopolitical rival. The US State Department’s appeal to an inevitable civilisational confrontation should be challenged.

How talk of a clash of civilisations with China serves America’s purpose
Opinion | How China took to made-in-America entrepreneurship and is re-exporting it around the world

Entrepreneurship is now part of China’s soft power push in Africa, Southeast Asia and beyond. The US president’s disparaging attitude to developing countries means America may miss the opportunity to spread an idea that had its roots in its soil.

13 Apr 2019 - 5:04AM

Entrepreneurship is now part of China’s soft power push in Africa, Southeast Asia and beyond. The US president’s disparaging attitude to developing countries means America may miss the opportunity to spread an idea that had its roots in its soil.

How China took to made-in-America entrepreneurship and is re-exporting it around the world
Opinion | Why Brexit may be the least of the EU’s worries

The blow of the UK leaving the union will be considerable, but it is only an exacerbating factor. In a European parliamentary election year, economic stagnation and a turn towards populist politics are far more worrisome.

25 Jan 2019 - 10:49AM

The blow of the UK leaving the union will be considerable, but it is only an exacerbating factor. In a European parliamentary election year, economic stagnation and a turn towards populist politics are far more worrisome.

Why Brexit may be the least of the EU’s worries
Opinion | America should worry about an existential threat, and it’s not China

China today is grappling with many complex problems it has yet to solve, and that will undercut any hegemonic aspirations, if it has any.

7 Jan 2019 - 6:32AM

China today is grappling with many complex problems it has yet to solve, and that will undercut any hegemonic aspirations, if it has any.

America should worry about an existential threat, and it’s not China
Opinion | By reaching out to Japan and reassuring India, China can stop the Quad before it even starts

The US has the determination and the military credibility to make the Quad into an Asian Nato. But the alliance won’t work unless all partners are on board, and China can sink it with some strategic outreach.

23 Nov 2018 - 6:00PM

The US has the determination and the military credibility to make the Quad into an Asian Nato. But the alliance won’t work unless all partners are on board, and China can sink it with some strategic outreach.

By reaching out to Japan and reassuring India, China can stop the Quad before it even starts
Opinion | Beijing is right to see an opportunity for China’s rise. So what’s gone wrong?

Xi Jinping and his strategists have not miscalculated the window of opportunity that American isolationism presents. However, China’s rise will require finesse with its neighbours and a more cosmopolitan attitude both at home and abroad.

8 Aug 2018 - 6:02AM

Xi Jinping and his strategists have not miscalculated the window of opportunity that American isolationism presents. However, China’s rise will require finesse with its neighbours and a more cosmopolitan attitude both at home and abroad.

Beijing is right to see an opportunity for China’s rise. So what’s gone wrong?
Opinion | Nato and China summits give Europe a chance to assert its interests and stabilise the global order

Back-to-back summits with the current and rising hegemon give the EU a chance to take the initiative in providing for its own security and securing a trade deal with Beijing, which may bolster a WTO-led order threatened by Trump

6 Jul 2018 - 6:01PM

Back-to-back summits with the current and rising hegemon give the EU a chance to take the initiative in providing for its own security and securing a trade deal with Beijing, which may bolster a WTO-led order threatened by Trump

Nato and China summits give Europe a chance to assert its interests and stabilise the global order
China turning its back on reform and opening up would be the real tragedy of a trade war

For all the talk of the impact on China’s economy, the biggest casualty of a prolonged economic conflict with America would be its attitude to the outside world, and thus the global order.

25 Apr 2018 - 6:45PM

For all the talk of the impact on China’s economy, the biggest casualty of a prolonged economic conflict with America would be its attitude to the outside world, and thus the global order.

China turning its back on reform and opening up would be the real tragedy of a trade war
‘America first’ shouldn’t stop the US from welcoming Chinese students and other global talent

US protectionism in the form of visa restrictions on Chinese seeking to study in American universities would only harm the country, which has long benefited from being able to attract top talent. 

28 Mar 2018 - 7:51PM

US protectionism in the form of visa restrictions on Chinese seeking to study in American universities would only harm the country, which has long benefited from being able to attract top talent. 

‘America first’ shouldn’t stop the US from welcoming Chinese students and other global talent