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

On May 20, 2018, Tsai Ing-wen celebrated her two-year anniversary as President of Taiwan. Polls by political organizations and media agencies found greater public dissatisfaction with Tsai since she took office in 2016.
Is the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit the "Beginning of New Peace" ?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Jaewoo Choo - 07 May 2018

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

East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism
Politics,Economy,East Asia

By Xiaolin Duan - 24 Apr 2018

East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism

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...
Transnational Crime and the Isolation of Taiwan
Politics,East Asia

Transnational Crime and the Isolation of Taiwan

The Spanish 2017 extradition of 121 Taiwanese suspects to mainland China met with Taipei’s protests. However, it suggests a deep acceptance of Taiwan’s international isolation based on Beijing’s “One China Principle”.
Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options

Through re-examining survey data on political identities in Hong Kong since 1997, we refute the widespread assumption that national and local identities are in a zero-sum relationship and argues for a measurement of identities different from the standard approach.
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