Taiwan Suffers Further Diplomatic Isolation
Politics,East Asia
By John F. Copper - 01 Jun 2018

Taiwan Suffers Further Diplomatic Isolation

On May 24, 2018, the African country of Burkina Faso announced that it was breaking diplomatic relations with Taiwan. It was the second such setback for Taipei in one month. The Dominican Republic made the same move just over three weeks earlier.
US-North Korea Summit: A Bumpy Road to Peace
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 31 May 2018

US-North Korea Summit: A Bumpy Road to Peace

Growing Public Dissatisfaction with Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen
Politics,East Asia

By Xiaolin Duan - 28 May 2018

Growing Public Dissatisfaction with Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen

Is the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit the "Beginning of New Peace" ?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Is the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit the "Beginning of New Peace" ?

Kim Jung-un crossed the 38th Parallel line southward for the historic third inter-Korean summit on April 27, 2018. It was a 12 hour-long event that included a summit talk, a break, a stroll, the monumental event of planting a tree, and a banquet.
By Jaewoo Choo - 07 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism
Politics,Economy,East Asia

East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism

Major players in global trade will consider possible countermeasures and strategies to moderate the medium- and long-terms impacts of Donald Trump’s trade protectionism. Amid the trade war, China, Japan, and South Korea are reviving the delayed agenda of East Asia integration.
By Xiaolin Duan - 24 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Tug of War between Taiwan and the PRC
Politics,East Asia

The Tug of War between Taiwan and the PRC

After the Taiwan Travel Act is signed, Taiwan’s independence activists and supporters are elated. After decades of struggle, the tug of war has now become a contest between Taiwan and the PRC.
Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”

Kim Jong-un’s visit was very strategically calculated. It had two purposes. The first was to bring China-North Korea relations back on track. The second was to seek China’s insurance and confirm China’s patron-state status.
By Jaewoo Choo - 03 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Recent US Pro-Taiwan Policy Shift: How Serious?
Politics,East Asia

The Recent US Pro-Taiwan Policy Shift: How Serious?

US President Donald Trump recently signed the Taiwan Travel Act, appointed pro-Taiwan John Bolton as his national security advisor, and ordered a tariff on China’s imports. Has he really undergone a change of heart and mind about Taiwan and China?
Taiwan Travel Act: New Dynamics in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan Travel Act: New Dynamics in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle

On March 16, 2018, US President Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act, which will encourage and allow for official exchanges between Taipei and Washington at all levels. Beijing expressed its strong dissatisfaction with the Act but has not clarified its countermeasures so far.
By Xiaolin Duan - 20 Mar 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US May Enforce North Korea Sanctions Without UN Approval
Hotspots,East Asia

US May Enforce North Korea Sanctions Without UN Approval

The US is trying to organize a "coalition of the willing" to interdict US listed suspect ships carrying UN-banned cargo to or from North Korea. If it fails to win support to do this from Russia and China, the US may be willing to use necessary force without UNSC approval.
Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong

Largely unhindered filibustering results in notably more harm than good being visited on any serious legislative process. Full freedoms to filibuster will lead to regular abuses of process at the expense of making timely progress on significant, legislative proposals.
The Fall of Tsai’s Middle Way in Taiwan
Politics,East Asia

The Fall of Tsai’s Middle Way in Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen’s leadership of the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan has drawn much criticism for its inability to accommodate election promises, over-inclusivity of interest groups, and preserving the status quo of cross-Strait relations.
By Xiaolin Duan - 05 Mar 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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