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Towards a new colonial era: China and the US demands weaker countries take sides or face retaliation : The worry is that much as the colonial powers did centuries ago, both China and the US will demand that weaker countries in their path take sides or face retaliation.

May 15, 2019 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

A new colonial era is dawning as major powers limber up to wield influence and protect their interests in ways that could significantly impinge on the sovereignty of weaker, smaller states.

This won't be colonialism in the conventional sense: Subject countries will not immediately be threatened with invasion and occupation, or their sovereignty denied.

But we should be in no doubt of the return of big power machinations across the globe, after a long period of what might be termed ...