Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: Divisions in the Political Landscape
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia
By Hak Yin Li - 23 Aug 2016

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.
The Diplomatic Recognition of Taiwan
China,East Asia

By Shaohua Hu - 17 Aug 2016

The Diplomatic Recognition of Taiwan

THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Jaewoo Choo - 11 Aug 2016

THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Strong Headwinds
Politics,Society,East Asia

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Strong Headwinds

To some observers, Tsai and her party were challenged by problems of such a scope and magnitude that the future did not look good. In other words, the headwinds seem almost insurmountable.
Prospects for Taiwan’s New Southeast Asia Policy
Politics,East Asia

Prospects for Taiwan’s New Southeast Asia Policy

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen planned to seek closer economic relations with the countries of Southeast Asia, so as to reduce Taiwan’s dependence on trade and other commercial relations with China. However, questions soon arose concerning how promising Tsai’s plan might be.
Developments in Hong Kong: Zhang Dejiang’s Visit and Lam Wing-kee’s Revelation
Politics,China,East Asia

Developments in Hong Kong: Zhang Dejiang’s Visit and Lam Wing-kee’s Revelation

Zhang Dejiang, a ranking politburo member of the Chinese Communist Party, visited Hong Kong in May 2016. The highlight of his trip turned out to be gatherings with selected pro-democracy politicians from the island who espouse a more moderate position.
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Peace Offerings by Beijing and Washington Won't Work for the Korean Peninsula
Security,East Asia

Peace Offerings by Beijing and Washington Won't Work for the Korean Peninsula

A significant cut in oil supplies to North Korea will not invite its collapse unlike what conventional views hold. Instead it will coerce the regime to come out of isolation and give up nuclear weapons in order to keep the regime alive.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
North Korean Nuclear Issue: Strong Leadership from China Needed
Security,China,East Asia

North Korean Nuclear Issue: Strong Leadership from China Needed

China has toughened its stance on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. I look to China for leadership in addressing the problem of potential nuclear proliferation. It can provide this first of all by getting North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
By Sun-Jin Lee - 06 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
East Asia and its Response to the “H” Test
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

East Asia and its Response to the “H” Test

Japan has common interests with China in stopping nuclear proliferation in Northeast Asia. The H-bomb test may then end up as a common rallying point that can bring Japan, China, and South Korea together facing a common threat.
By Tai Wei Lim - 26 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
China and Japan: Psycho-Historical Warfare and the Role of America
Politics,China,East Asia

China and Japan: Psycho-Historical Warfare and the Role of America

The rocky relations between China and Japan in recent years are symptomatic of a long and complicated historical rivalry that is adjusting to rather uncomfortable historical contingencies.
South Korean Legislative Elections: Park’s Government in Grave Position
Politics,East Asia

South Korean Legislative Elections: Park’s Government in Grave Position

The results of South Korea’s legislative elections on April 13 took many by surprise, as the ruling party was roundly defeated by two opposition parties. President Park’s government will be greatly challenged by the legislature on both domestic and foreign policy fronts.
By Jaewoo Choo - 24 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Japan’s Economic Woes: Is Helicopter Drop of Money the Cure?
Economy,East Asia

Japan’s Economic Woes: Is Helicopter Drop of Money the Cure?

What is the hype that helicopter drop of money is exactly the kind of policy that Japan should seriously consider for getting it out of the quagmire of low inflation and low growth? Will it work?
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