8 August 2023 interview on BBC News
Nicolas Firzli, EU ASEAN Center, assesses the situation in Rangoon in light of the recent findings of the United Nations Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.
The Burmese junta is "not likely to be overly affected by the report": Myanmar's military rulers are de facto shielded by the country's remarkable geo-economic position, as it were, right at the epicenter of the Sino-Indian power play... "Beijing, Delhi and Washington have bigger fish on their plate".
in this 20 June 2023 interview on BBC News, Nicolas Firzli, EU ASEAN Ctr., deciphers the Biden White House geo-economic plan: 1) refocus on ASEAN, Australia, India and Japan (to the detriment of Europe and the MENA area), and 2) encircle China, "sapping its tech and engineering mojo". Biden's calibrated insults — calling chairman Xi Jinping a "dictator" — are meant to signal the acceleration of Cold War 2 across economic sectors and geographies, incl. microchip foundries & infrastructure finance