Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)

It is more than 21 years since Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China. Much has happened that is positive since 1997. At the same time there have been recurring political incidents and stand-offs. Could the HKSAR see a positive future within China?
Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal
Politics,Economy,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 05 Nov 2018

Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal

Abe’s China Sojourn: The Emerging New Calculus between China and Japan
Politics,Economy,East Asia

By Amrita Jash - 02 Nov 2018

Abe’s China Sojourn: The Emerging New Calculus between China and Japan

Will Trump Jilt Taiwan?
Politics,East Asia

Will Trump Jilt Taiwan?

In recent weeks, some top members of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s party have warned her that US President Donald Trump will likely terminate and may even reverse America’s recent pro-Taiwan actions and policies.
China, Japan and the Crisis Management Mechanism in the East China Sea
Politics,Security,East Asia

China, Japan and the Crisis Management Mechanism in the East China Sea

At Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 9, 2018, the “Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism between the defense authorities of China and Japan” was set up to prevent accidental clashes in the air and at sea.
By Amrita Jash - 15 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unprecedented four trips to North Korea in 2018. His mission for the fourth trip was quite clear — to sustain the momentum of the peace process started from the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Eastern Economic Forum and Russia’s Look East Policy
Economy,East Asia

The Eastern Economic Forum and Russia’s Look East Policy

The Eastern Economic Forum, Russia’s economic outreach to the world, attracted participants from 60 countries. The most notable ones were China and Japan. The EEF was held for three years continuously in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 Oct 2018 | 16 comments Read more...
US-China Trade War: Lessons from US Trade Retaliations against Japan
Politics,Economy,East Asia

US-China Trade War: Lessons from US Trade Retaliations against Japan

The recent US trade retaliation against China is similar to that against Japan in the 1970s and 1980s. Japan’s economy was badly hit after the large appreciation of the Japanese yen as part of the measures to resolve the bilateral trade imbalance
Issues Surrounding the China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism
Politics,Security,East Asia

Issues Surrounding the China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism

The China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism, activated on June 8, 2018, is a crisis management mechanism established by the defense departments of both countries to prevent friction or conflict in their frontline forces of the sea and air.
By Xiaobo Liu - 24 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations

An unfavorable outcome in the mid-term elections for Trump will likely be leveraged by the Kim regime to extract a maximum number of concessions from the US and stakeholders to pursue economic development and retain his strategic nuclear deterrent.
North Korea’s Economy in Retrospect and its Prospects
Economy,East Asia

North Korea’s Economy in Retrospect and its Prospects

North Korea’s economy suffered a negative growth of 3.5 percent in 2017, its worst setback in a decade. The disagreement with the US over its denuclearization process could delay the lifting of sanctions, while China-US competition in the Korean Peninsula may add additional uncertainty.
Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia

Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women

Both are daughters of former heads of state, and their political pedigrees befitted their status in history. The conspicuous resemblance of South Korea’s Park Geun-hye (2013-2017) and the Philippines’ Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2009) is eerily apparent.
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