Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership
Economy,China,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 May 2017

Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership

On May 15, 2017, Japan signaled its intention to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiated by Beijing. The condition is for the AIIB to address Japan’s concerns about the environmental impact of AIIB-funded projects and other matters.
South Korea’s Presidential Election and its Implications
Politics,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 18 May 2017

South Korea’s Presidential Election and its Implications

Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia
Politics,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 08 May 2017

Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia

Will Taiwanese Sacrifice Themselves for Their Country?
Politics,East Asia

Will Taiwanese Sacrifice Themselves for Their Country?

Cao Changqing is a commentator in Taiwan who often sides with the Democratic Progressive Party in criticizing China. Would he be willing to be the first martyr to die for the sake of creating the Republic of Taiwan? It is very, very doubtful.
The Threat of a Nuclear War Today
Security,East Asia

The Threat of a Nuclear War Today

With 14,900 nuclear weapons in the world, Global Zero reports that “even a minor nuclear conflict — one that uses only a fraction of the nuclear weapons currently in existence — could wreak havoc on the global climate and affect billions of people.”  
Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea

Taking into consideration brief moments of hopeful peace in the past in the Korean Peninsula, there is a chance for peace in the current crisis and a return to the earlier state of functionalist constructivist cooperation if all stakeholders show the political will to do so.
By Tai Wei Lim - 01 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
 India and Russia Resetting Ties after 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations
Politics,East Asia

India and Russia Resetting Ties after 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Bilateral relations between India and Russia had begun drifting with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. More recent developments have caused much skepticism in Indian strategic circles. Both countries seem to be resetting ties, keeping in mind larger strategic interests.
Treason and Resistance to Pension Reform in Taiwan
Society,East Asia

Treason and Resistance to Pension Reform in Taiwan

Reform to Taiwan’s military pension threatens to upend its national security and upset the US security calculus in the Asia-Pacific. Anxiety among Taiwan’s military has spilled over into opposition to President Tsai Ing-wen, resulting in a growing shift of support from Taiwan to mainland China.
The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula

Japan and South Korea are working with the US to ensure all preparatory defensive measures are up to par and have sharpened their coordination in all defensive matters. Both countries have also pledged support for peace and diplomatic solutions to the Korean Peninsula crisis.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Philippines' Relations with China and Japan: A Pragmatic Approach under Duterte
Economy,East Asia,Southeast Asia

Philippines' Relations with China and Japan: A Pragmatic Approach under Duterte

In October 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited China and Japan, two of the country’s important economic partners. His trips earned the Philippines millions of dollars’ worth of Chinese and Japanese loans and investments.
Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?

US President Donald Trump has been advocating striking North Korea’s nuclear facilities since taking office in January. However, he will be restrained from delivering such an order for both empirical and strategic reasons. And China knows too well that it won’t happen.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities
Politics,Security,East Asia

Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities

Taking advantage of the geopolitical opening created by fleeting US foreign policy and the drawdown of Western forces from Afghanistan in 2014, Moscow is trying to outflank Washington in Afghanistan.
By Abdul Basit - 12 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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