Articles by: Michael Lehmann

Soft Power: The Scramble for Popularity

Soft Power: The Scramble for Popularity

November 28, 2017 at 1:51 PM

China’s newest and most effective weapons are called Meng Meng (梦梦) and Jiao Qing (交情). They weight between 70-100 kilograms, are kept very safely in an space of almost 5000 square meters, yearly maintenance costs devour 920.000 Euro per year and they are – Panda Bears. Meng Meng and JiaoRead More

China and the New Silk Road

China and the New Silk Road

December 23, 2016 at 8:36 AM

This article could have been written totally differently. As soon as one starts to read about the Silk Road it becomes apparent that this topic inherits multiple layers of historical significance which all add up to a complexity that cannot be addressed in one article. Stating this, the article justRead More

South China Sea : What comes ahead?

South China Sea : What comes ahead?

June 26, 2016 at 4:37 PM

South China Sea Dispute: Mode of Encirclement vs Politics of Leeway Almost weekly, troubling news from the South and East China Sea deluge the channels of national and international news agencies: June 20 – China and Indonesia in maritime clash; June 8 – Pentagon Calls Chinese Intercept of U.S. SpyRead More

China and Taiwan: Between Friends and Foes

China and Taiwan: Between Friends and Foes

April 1, 2016 at 10:57 AM

  Lin Zhengyi was about to do something extraordinary: in May 1979, Zhengyi left his military post, took off his shoes and walked barefoot in the frosty strait between the Taiwanese Island Quemoy and the rocky coast of mainland China interspersed with landmines. Until this point, Captain Zhengyi was aRead More

Japan and War

Japan and War

February 12, 2016 at 2:28 PM

A “nightmare scenario” or Prime Minister “Shinzo Abe switches Japan to war mode” was the rhetoric the Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency broadcasted in July 2015, when Japan’s lower house approved the new security agenda. In September, this “scenario” was officially legislated and met with strong oppositional sentiments  not onlyRead More

Myanmar 2015 elections – A democracy for all?

Myanmar 2015 elections – A democracy for all?

December 22, 2015 at 6:59 AM

Where is the famous smile? Its November 8th, and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi walks cautiously, protected by members of her political party – the National League of Democracy (NDL) – through a chanting crowd of adherents and journalists, ready to put a yellow piece of paper into aRead More