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Weekly Trend Radar for May 24, 2023: Metageopolitical Megatrends

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Dear Executive Director,


Please find below the weekly geopolitical analysis report, grouped into PESTLE sections for your review:



Weekly Geopolitical Trend Radar, please access this radar at: http://www.geopolitics.io


The metageopolitical landscape of 2023 is an amalgamation of events and trends across the globe, which can be understood through the PESTLE framework. This framework encompasses Political, Economic, Sociocultural, Technological, Legal, and Environmental factors. Let's delve into the key events across these categories, while also drawing the necessary connections to provide a comprehensive view of the global geopolitical dynamics.


Political


1. China's centralizing power: As of 2023, China's central government is working towards further centralization of power within the Communist Party, with President Xi Jinping set to kick off his third term. The National People's Congress is expected to implement key policies laid out by the 20th Party Congress from the previous year. This centralization is largely a response to the complicated international environment and the difficult task of initiating reform while maintaining domestic stability. The Chinese Communist Party is likely to incorporate political slogans into the constitution, further consolidating President Xi Jinping's leadership and the Party's centralized authority. Loyalty to President Xi Jinping plays a key role in determining assignments to positions of greater importance within the Party​. [source]


2. Ukraine Diplomatic Expansion: Ukraine's diplomatic efforts are ramping up, especially amid recent conflict. This signifies the role of noopolitik elements, with Ukraine seeking to shape international perceptions and gain support.



Economic


1. China's GDP growth: Economically, experts predict that China's GDP growth target for 2023 will be between 5.5% and 6%, as the country's economy rebounds post-pandemic. The ongoing technology war with the United States is expected to motivate China to emphasize the importance of technological self-reliance.


2. Debt Ceiling Talks: Debates on the U.S. debt ceiling have been reignited. The economic consequences of this could be profound, as failure to raise the ceiling could lead to U.S. default with widespread global economic repercussions.


3. Chinese Graduate Labor: The focus here is on the economic struggles of Chinese graduates, pointing towards potential issues in the country's economic power base. An educated yet underemployed population can lead to sociopolitical instability.



Sociocultural


1. Generational lament in China: While data on the specifics of generational lament in China is lacking, it's evident that the sentiments of disillusionment among Generation Z could have far-reaching impacts on China's social and economic fabric.



Technological


1. Technology war between the United States and China: The technological competition between the United States and China is a significant aspect of the current geopolitical landscape. As previously mentioned, this conflict is expected to motivate China to emphasize the importance of technological self-reliance​.


2. AI Diversity Cultivation: The cultivation of diversity in Artificial Intelligence development could shape the future of tech industry norms, standards, and regulations, reflecting a shift towards a more inclusive technological environment.


3. Big Tech Recruiting: This indicates the ongoing influence of major tech companies and their role in the global economy.



Legal


1. DeSantis on Abortion: Florida Governor DeSantis's stance on abortion rights signifies a potential change in U.S. legal norms around reproductive rights. This could have wider implications for the sociocultural landscape in the U.S.


2. India Internet Rules: New internet regulations in India point to a more assertive government stance on controlling online spaces, which could impact free expression and digital businesses.



Environmental


1. California Desert Solar Farms: The development of solar farms in the California desert represents a shift toward renewable energy, potentially influencing the global energy market and contributing to climate change mitigation.


2. Climate Crisis in Europe: Europe's ongoing struggle with climate crises underscores the global need for environmental action, which could trigger shifts in international policies and economic investments.



These events reflect the dynamic interplay of hard power, economic influence, and noopolitik elements. State actors, such as China and the U.S., continue to be key influencers in global affairs, while non-state actors, like Generation Z and tech companies, are also shaping the international landscape. The metageopolitical approach offers a comprehensive understanding of these diverse factors, allowing for nuanced insights and decision-making.


In conclusion, the metageopolitical landscape of 2023 is characterized by China's increased centralization of power, economic recovery, and ongoing technology war with the United States. These events and trends present a unique set of challenges and opportunities for global executives. As such, understanding these dynamics and strategizing accordingly is key to navigating the global business environment.


Please let me know if you require further information or clarification on any of the points mentioned above.



Best regards,

Geopolitical Analysis Department


 

We have successfully deployed our Trend Monitoring Radar (TMR) on the Wednesday section. We deployed a Python script to scan weekly news and asked AI to prioritize and categorize it. Additionally, we instructed AI to generate a weekly summary report based on the scanning data in a reporting style for the executive director of the Geopolitical Analysis department. The report is far from perfect, so please do not share the contents publicly. We will strive to make the entire process 100% automated and find ways to improve relevance, consistency, and accuracy in the future. our TMR is inspired by opensource.zalando.com/tech-radar/.


Geopolitics.Asia will provide serious policy analysis on Mondays, trend monitoring on weekdays, and cultural and lifestyle issues on weekends. Please note that our weekday situation monitoring will not include a trend radar or scenario analysis for the time being, as we work to fully automate these processes with AI. You can, however, access to our previous experiments on trend radar and scenario planning generated by the AI, 1) Simple scenario planning at Jan 26, 2023, 2) Double iteration scenario planning technique at February 2, 2023, 3) Triple iteration scenario planning techniqueat February 9, 2023, and 4) Hyperdimensional scenario planning technique at February 17, 2023.


Stay tuned for updates on this exciting development!




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