Behind Trump’s Popularity and the “Pivot to Asia”
Politics,Society
By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 07 Jun 2016

Behind Trump’s Popularity and the “Pivot to Asia”

The domestic conditions that Trump has addressed in this US presidential election include a yearning for a restored middle class, a sense of increasing economic insecurity, and anger over wage stagnation and widening inequality. This domestic-centric sour national mood will spill over into US foreign policy.
Tsai’s Inaugural Address: Bumpy Road Ahead for Taiwan
Politics,East Asia

By Dongtao Qi - 31 May 2016

Tsai’s Inaugural Address: Bumpy Road Ahead for Taiwan

Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Huong Le Thu - 27 May 2016

Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building

The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations

A key event in Sino-Philippine relations that Duterte will inherit from the outgoing Aquino administration is the upcoming verdict in the arbitration case on the Sino-Philippine maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
Xi Jinping’s Reform Leading Group: Two Years in Operation
Politics,China

Xi Jinping’s Reform Leading Group: Two Years in Operation

On December 30, 2013, the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms was established, representing the largest re-centralization of power in recent history, altering the power distribution at the top and changing way the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) operates. Three years have since lapsed and it is time to take a closer look at this powerful body.
Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

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

Is China a Neocolonial Power in Africa?

China has been very active with its various economic projects in Africa. Does this intense level of economic engagement count as neocolonialism?
Revisiting the Concept of Soft Power
Politics,Society

Revisiting the Concept of Soft Power

The concept of soft power is advocating a sophisticated way of using hard power, involving use of persuasion, drawing on a country’s cultural and intellectual resources where possible and appropriate. It does not rule out the use of pressure and force.
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.  
By Gang Chen - 22 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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...
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