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Peter Apps

Reuters global affairs columnist

Peter Apps is Reuters global affairs columnist.

Peter Apps
10 Jun 2019

Xi's favourite general trips up over Taiwan

As the head of Beijing's strategic nuclear forces and its fastest rising general, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe had a reputation for "doing more and saying less". It was a methodical, determined approach that made him a clear favourite of President Xi Jinping, placing him at the heart of China's remarkable military revolution and its efforts to dominate the region.

10 Jun 2019 5
Xi's favourite general trips up over Taiwan
8 Mar 2019

Drones of the Mideast

Drones are no longer for just the US, as Chinese pilotless aircraft, as well as Iranians, are arming forces in Lebanon, Syria and the Houthis in Yemen.

8 Mar 2019
Drones of the Mideast
17 Jan 2019

The AI arms race

Achieving mastery in AI comes down to having sufficient computer power, enough data to learn from, and the human talent to make those systems work.

17 Jan 2019
9 Jan 2019

The China-Taiwan question

China's communists regard Taiwan as a rogue province, with regaining control a matter of honour, so the vital question is how far they are willing to go.

9 Jan 2019
The China-Taiwan question
2 Jan 2019

Threats of 2019

Keep your eye out in several directions in coming months - the South China Sea, Ukraine and a possible Trump-Xi-Putin meeting for a 'grand bargain'.

2 Jan 2019 3
Threats of 2019
28 Nov 2018

Deadly Ukraine game

No side wants a conflict they cannot control but Ukraine and its Western allies must now decide how to respond to the Russian aggression.

28 Nov 2018
21 Nov 2018

Can relations be saved?

Many believe Washington and Beijing are locked in a likely worsening multi-decade face-off, a situation where nations in the middle must pick a side.

21 Nov 2018 5
Can relations be saved?
14 Nov 2018

Adapting to Trump

The US president's remains focused on domestic politics, underscores the fact that the rest of the world has to accept that he might be re-elected in 2020.

14 Nov 2018 6
Adapting to Trump
19 Oct 2018

Collapsing US clout

Across the Middle East, from Turkey to Iraq and beyond, the more Washington tries to inflict its will, autocratic governments turn elsewhere.

19 Oct 2018 1
4 Oct 2018

Brexit's process

If Britain genuinely wanted a good last-minute Brexit deal, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt probably should not have compared the European Union to the USSR.

4 Oct 2018 3