Hong Kong, the Chinese National Anthem and the Basic Law
Politics,China
By Richard Cullen - 13 Dec 2017

Hong Kong, the Chinese National Anthem and the Basic Law

The history of the creation and use of the Chinese National Anthem is remarkable. Those who choose to direct scorn at the National Anthem when it is played at certain events in Hong Kong likely have a limited understanding, at best, of its intriguing history.
Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Andrea Chloe Wong - 07 Dec 2017

Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations

Political Leadership in East Asia
Politics,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Dec 2017

Political Leadership in East Asia

Nepal’s Puzzling New Poltical Equation
Politics,South Asia

Nepal’s Puzzling New Poltical Equation

The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified, Marxist and Leninist, the Nepal Communist Party-Maoist, and the Naya Shakti Party, formed an alliance for an upcoming election. However, the Naya Shakti party exited shortly after and aligned instead with the Nepali Congress party.
By Rishi Gupta - 04 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Why is Pakistan Distancing Itself from the US?
Politics,South Asia

Why is Pakistan Distancing Itself from the US?

Pakistan hoped that allying with the US would strengthen its regional standing and position it comfortably against India. Pakistani expectations, however, have witnessed only partial success. The last few years have intensified the squeeze in bilateral engagements.
US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia

US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip

US President Donald Trump embarked on his first official trip to Asia in November 2017. The American mainstream or liberal media, almost in unison, put a negative spin on his trip. The Asian media’s account was largely positive and laudatory of the US president.
A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations

On November 9, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping published an article “For a New Vista in China-Vietnam Friendship” in the official Vietnamese newspaper Nhan Dan, reflecting Beijing’s burgeoning interest to strengthen its ties with Hanoi by mitigating their differences.
By Amrita Jash - 24 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Cross-Strait Relations: Chinese Perspectives after the 19th Party Congress
Politics,East Asia

Cross-Strait Relations: Chinese Perspectives after the 19th Party Congress

Chinese scholars argue that President Xi’s position on Taiwan appears unchanged, i.e., peaceful reunification based on “One Country, Two Systems” and the eight points drawn up by Jiang Zemin, and relying on the aspirations of Taiwanese to advocate for reunification.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s “Kill the Terrorists” Speech Shows Holes in US-Afghan Policy
Politics,South Asia

Trump’s “Kill the Terrorists” Speech Shows Holes in US-Afghan Policy

The US’ continuing occupation of Afghanistan has done little to resolve the War on Terror, nor does Trump’s “Rambo” rhetoric, which is met with much national and international criticism.
Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots

Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea

In the joint statement of the US President and the Vietnamese President, the longest paragraph was the one that addressed the South China Sea issues. The joint statement with the Philippine President essentially repeated phrases from the US-Vietnam’s joint statement.
Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China
Politics,China

Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China

As Beijing considers resolving the Taiwan issue via militarized means, Taiwanese opinion, both governmental and public, becomes more polarized among pro-independence, pro-unification, and other related parties.  
By Xiaolin Duan - 13 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?
Politics,Southeast Asia

How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?

US President Donald Trump’s attendance at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Da Nang, as well as a call in Hanoi, along with his appearance at the East Asia Summit in Manila, will show whether the US-Vietnam momentum will continue or slow down.
By Huong Le Thu - 10 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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