China’s 13th NPC and Xi Jinping’s Ambitions
Politics,China
By Tai Wei Lim - 28 Mar 2018

China’s 13th NPC and Xi Jinping’s Ambitions

China’s 13th NPC closed on March 20, 2018 with a speech given by President Xi Jinping and a press conference by Premier Li Keqiang. Macroeconomic announcements and formation of Xi’s new team were the two most eagerly watched items.
Will Cooperation Redefine the New World Order?
Politics,Economy

By In Sophal - 27 Mar 2018

Will Cooperation Redefine the New World Order?

Taiwan Travel Act: New Dynamics in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle
Politics,East Asia

By Xiaolin Duan - 20 Mar 2018

Taiwan Travel Act: New Dynamics in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle

US and Pakistan Mending Bilateral Ties
Politics,South Asia

US and Pakistan Mending Bilateral Ties

Both the US and Pakistan seem to be in damage control mode, and they have been making efforts to send a clear message: that while they have significant differences on important strategic issues, neither side can allow the relationship to drift any further.
Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong

Largely unhindered filibustering results in notably more harm than good being visited on any serious legislative process. Full freedoms to filibuster will lead to regular abuses of process at the expense of making timely progress on significant, legislative proposals.
The Kabul Peace Process: Can it Deliver the Final Push?
Politics,South Asia

The Kabul Peace Process: Can it Deliver the Final Push?

In a bid to secure reconciliation, the Afghan government continued the Kabul Peace Process with both international and regional involvement. It extended an olive branch to the Taliban by agreeing to hold talks with it “without preconditions.”
South Africa and the Global Indigenous Struggle for Land
Politics,Society

South Africa and the Global Indigenous Struggle for Land

On February 27, 2018, South Africa’s National Assembly voted to begin a process to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation, potentially redistributing the 72 percent of farmland currently owned by whites to black ownership.
India-Pakistan Ties: Domestic Politics and External Players
Politics,South Asia

India-Pakistan Ties: Domestic Politics and External Players

Bilateral ties between India and Pakistan have been on a consistent downward spiral since 2016. Some recent developments have been important, raising renewed hope that both countries are looking at a revival of engagement.
The Fall of Tsai’s Middle Way in Taiwan
Politics,East Asia

The Fall of Tsai’s Middle Way in Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen’s leadership of the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan has drawn much criticism for its inability to accommodate election promises, over-inclusivity of interest groups, and preserving the status quo of cross-Strait relations.
By Xiaolin Duan - 05 Mar 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US-China Trade Spat Unlikely to Worsen Despite Deficit
Politics,Economy,China

US-China Trade Spat Unlikely to Worsen Despite Deficit

Contrary to Trump’s comments at the World Economic Forum, a trade war remains unlikely despite the ongoing US-China trade deficit, as criticism of China is part of the campaign narrative and making China a scapegoat for things going wrong is old hat.
Transnational Crime and the Isolation of Taiwan
Politics,East Asia

Transnational Crime and the Isolation of Taiwan

The Spanish 2017 extradition of 121 Taiwanese suspects to mainland China met with Taipei’s protests. However, it suggests a deep acceptance of Taiwan’s international isolation based on Beijing’s “One China Principle”.
What is “Development” in the South Asian Context?
Politics,Economy,South Asia

What is “Development” in the South Asian Context?

Bhutan and Nepal, categorized as Least Developed Countries, rank second and third best among South Asian countries in the 2017 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report. This points to differences in the way “development” is defined.
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