Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia
By Michael S. H. Heng - 11 May 2016

Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia

The results of applying the model of the nation-state in Asia have not been encouraging. There are recurring problems of ethnic conflict, religious polarization, and separatism, which erupt now and then in violence.
Is China a Neocolonial Power in Africa?
Politics,Economy,China

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 04 May 2016

Is China a Neocolonial Power in Africa?

Revisiting the Concept of Soft Power
Politics,Society

By Michael S. H. Heng - 01 May 2016

Revisiting the Concept of Soft Power

New Roles Played by Different PLA Departments after China’s Military Reform
Politics,Security,China

New Roles Played by Different PLA Departments after China’s Military Reform

The four general military headquarters, Staff, Politics, Logistics and Armament, constituted the superstructure of the PLA’s central command system. After the restructuring, these four departments now have to share this prestigious status with 11 newly-promoted agencies and commissions.  
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All These Talks about the Return of a Personality Cult
Politics,China

All These Talks about the Return of a Personality Cult

Into the fourth year of Xi Jinping’s first term as the Chinese Communist Party’s top leader, there are visible worries that the cult of personality that had made the Mao Zedong period a nightmare in Chinese politics is finding its way back.
By Zhengxu Wang - 21 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Tsai Ing-wen Administration: Will it Avoid Role Conflict Dilemma in Movement Government?
Politics,East Asia

The Tsai Ing-wen Administration: Will it Avoid Role Conflict Dilemma in Movement Government?

Although Tsai may be different from Chen in terms of leadership style, the movement government’s role conflict dilemma may compel her administration to adopt strategies similar to the Chen administration.
By Dongtao Qi - 20 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
China and India: Does the Largest Country Possess the Greatest Amount of Soft Power?
Politics,China,South Asia

China and India: Does the Largest Country Possess the Greatest Amount of Soft Power?

A large country may not necessarily generate more soft power if it emphasizes hard power and does not take advantage of its potential soft power resources. The different political systems between China and India lead to distinct outcomes in their use of soft power.
By Mengqi Qin - 18 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Vietnam’s New Leadership and Its Prospects for Relations with China
Politics,Southeast Asia

Vietnam’s New Leadership and Its Prospects for Relations with China

On April 7, 2016, Vietnam’s leadership transition was completed when the National Assembly elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the new Prime Minister, replacing Nguyen Tan Dung.  
Just the Facts, Ma’am: Why China Believes It Is Right about US Rebalancing
Politics,China

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Why China Believes It Is Right about US Rebalancing

China tends to see the US rebalancing strategy as the beginning of a Cold War-style containment. China may misunderstand it, but the US should introspect and review its China policies that formulate and reinforce such beliefs.
By Xiaolin Duan - 17 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Will the Beijing Consensus Follow the Washington Consensus to Oblivion?
Politics,Economy,China

Will the Beijing Consensus Follow the Washington Consensus to Oblivion?

The Beijing Consensus is simply three theorems about how to organize the place of a developing country in the world. Just like the Washington Consensus, it contains many ideas that are not all about economics, but also about politics and the global balance of power.
China and the United States: Two Outlooks of World Order and their Conflict
Politics,China

China and the United States: Two Outlooks of World Order and their Conflict

From a formal point of view, the UN system is the core of the contemporary world system. However, the United States and China have very different understanding and perception about the UN system.
What Would Plato Have Thought of Donald Trump?
Politics

What Would Plato Have Thought of Donald Trump?

Were Plato to have witnessed the surprising rise of Donald Trump from celebrity businessman to potential President, he would probably have seen this as yet another vindication of his suspicion of democracy.  
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