Re-assessing Chen Shui-bian’s Term in Light of Taiwan’s DPP Government
Politics,East Asia
By Dean Karalekas - 16 Jun 2016

Re-assessing Chen Shui-bian’s Term in Light of Taiwan’s DPP Government

It is worth revisiting the Chen Shui-bian era to examine the cross-strait dynamics and the initial economic and trade conditions that existed at the outset of his presidency that, more than anything else, informed policy direction.
Propaganda Wars over the South China Sea
Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 09 Jun 2016

Propaganda Wars over the South China Sea

16+1 Platform: Extent and Limit of China’s Global Influence
Politics,Economy,China

By Dragan Pavlićević - 08 Jun 2016

16+1 Platform: Extent and Limit of China’s Global Influence

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

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

Tsai’s Inaugural Address: Bumpy Road Ahead for Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen talked about cross-strait relations in less than 400 words, only accounting for 6.7 percent of her almost 6000-word address. It is basically a reiteration of her “maintaining status-quo” China policy previously explained by her on several occasions in both Taiwan and the United States.
By Dongtao Qi - 31 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

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

It was in Hanoi that the US President Barack Obama announced a full annulment of the US arms embargo on Vietnam — a decision hailed as a symbolic milestone in the closure to the painful wartime past.  
By Huong Le Thu - 27 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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...
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