Japan’s Yield Curve Control: Revival of an Old Idea
Economy,East Asia
By Kwok Ping Tsang - 11 Oct 2016

Japan’s Yield Curve Control: Revival of an Old Idea

Although the Bank of Japan recently announced the plan of “yield curve control,” it has been buying longer government bonds to push their rates down since 2012. The BOJ is only changing the policy target from the quantity of bonds to the price of the bonds. In particular, it aims to keep the 10-year bond yield at around zero.
Hong Kong: Local Identity and Democratization
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Echo Li - 26 Sep 2016

Hong Kong: Local Identity and Democratization

Submarine Acquisitions in East Asia: A Reflection of Geopolitics
Security,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Sep 2016

Submarine Acquisitions in East Asia: A Reflection of Geopolitics

Confronting HK Localism with a Unified Social Citizenship
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Confronting HK Localism with a Unified Social Citizenship

Confronting localism and separatism, the Central and Hong Kong governments have to compete for the hearts and minds of Hong Kong residents who hold these “radical thoughts.”
By Zhuoyi Wen - 21 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus

North Korea knows that the world is unfair, as all the five permanent members on the United Nations Security Council have nuclear weapons, while the rest of the world cannot. Or wait a minute, a few others can also have nuclear weapons. So why can’t North Korea have nukes?
By Dingli Shen - 14 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Hong Kong’s 2016 LegCo Election: A Tectonic Shift in HK Politics?
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong’s 2016 LegCo Election: A Tectonic Shift in HK Politics?

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Election was held on September 4, 2016, and there were many new and important political features and implications, suggesting that Hong Kong people would like to change the status-quo by having new political forces and young persons to monitor the government.
By Hak Yin Li - 06 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Tsai’s 100th Day in Office: Cross-Strait Relations at Risk
Politics,East Asia

Tsai’s 100th Day in Office: Cross-Strait Relations at Risk

In cross-Strait relations, Tsai Ing-wen has vowed to implement a policy of “no provocation, zero surprises, and more communication.” However, by making some subtle yet significant changes, Tsai has planted a time bomb in cross-Strait relations.
By Xiaolin Duan - 01 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Pokémon Go and Cultural “Soft Power”
Society,Cyberspace,East Asia

Pokémon Go and Cultural “Soft Power”

The phenomenon of Pokémon Go was built on the foundations of the real-world physical Pokémon products of the 1990s and early 2000s which was a runaway hit with kids and its influence shaped an entire generation of American children through primetime TV.
By Tai Wei Lim - 31 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
No “Helicopter Money,” Abenomics Turns to Fiscal Stimulus
Economy,East Asia

No “Helicopter Money,” Abenomics Turns to Fiscal Stimulus

In July 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a JPY 28 trillion stimulus package, which includes spending on infrastructure, reconstruction of disaster zones, wage increases for child and elder care workers, and direct cash payments to low-income households.
By Yuqing Xing - 30 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: Divisions in the Political Landscape
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: Divisions in the Political Landscape

Hong Kong will hold its sixth Legislative Council Election on September 4. The behavior of some democrats, confrontations between the Executive Branch and the LegCo, the Umbrella Movement, violent mass demonstrations, and localism have contributed to increased divisions in Hong Kong politics.
By Hak Yin Li - 23 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Diplomatic Recognition of Taiwan
China,East Asia

The Diplomatic Recognition of Taiwan

Currently, 22 and 172 countries recognize Taipei and Beijing, respectively. Since Tsai Ing-wen assumed the presidency in Taiwan, many have wondered what would happen to Taiwan’s relations with its diplomatic allies.
By Shaohua Hu - 17 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations

South Korea is feeling the heat, not only from the heat waves of summer but also from the heated debates surrounding President Park Geun-hye’s July 8 announcement of the decision to deploy THAAD. The nation has been polarized between those saying “nay” and “aye.”
By Jaewoo Choo - 11 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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