The Two Sides of the Taiwan Strait: A Contrarian View
Politics,East Asia
By Michael S. H. Heng - 02 Aug 2019

The Two Sides of the Taiwan Strait: A Contrarian View

There are some thorny issues facing the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, namely the sales of weapon systems by the US, the calls for independence by DPP hardliners, the tendency of Beijing to “contain” Taiwan, and the need to exercise wisdom in running Hong Kong.
Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: What Could be the PLA’s Possible Strategies?
Politics,East Asia

By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 01 Aug 2019

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: What Could be the PLA’s Possible Strategies?

Cambodia’s Ties with China: What are the Challenges?
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

By Veasna Var - 31 Jul 2019

Cambodia’s Ties with China: What are the Challenges?

Japan-South Korea Feud: Economic and Geo-political Ramifications
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Japan-South Korea Feud: Economic and Geo-political Ramifications

Recently, Japan imposed protectionist measures as a retaliation against South Korean court rulings. Japan’s new trade protectionism measures seemed to threaten South Korea’s chip making industry and this had evoked strong reactions.
Protecting Shipping in the Hormuz Strait Will Be Politically Difficult
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Protecting Shipping in the Hormuz Strait Will Be Politically Difficult

The US is proposing Operation Sentinel to promote maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and de-escalate tensions in international waters throughout the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Oman.
Communication Is More Than Listening: Lessons from the HK Extradition Fiasco
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Communication Is More Than Listening: Lessons from the HK Extradition Fiasco

A proposed extradition law that is supposed to address the legal loopholes allowing fugitives to hide in Hong Kong boomeranged and triggered the worst political crisis in the city since the 1997 handover.
What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?

Being caught at the crossroad of great powers’ competition for sphere of influences, ASEAN has become a center of geo-political and geo-economic gravity of battleground. What is ASEAN’s outlook in the rising volatility and dynamism of the Indo-Pacific region?
Governance or Ideology: Will the 2020 Elections Redefine Taiwan Politics?
Politics,East Asia

Governance or Ideology: Will the 2020 Elections Redefine Taiwan Politics?

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu won decisively in the Taiwan Kuomintang presidential primary, with a strong possibility of claiming the presidency for KMT in the 2020 elections. His win may also be redefining Taiwan politics.
Time for a Reality Check on BRI-related Projects
Politics,Economy,China

Time for a Reality Check on BRI-related Projects

In the first six months of 2019, China moved on a number of fronts in the Belt and Road Initiative. Many of these projects aimed to create a win-win situation with the recipients of the funds. However, there were some issues that highlighted challenges of the BRI.
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Jul 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Sri Lanka and Japan Gearing Towards a New Era of Relations
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

Sri Lanka and Japan Gearing Towards a New Era of Relations

The visit by a senior Japanese official to Colombo, Sir Lanka marks the gradual expansion of new security cooperation in the increasingly important Indian Ocean region. This engagement is expected to gain greater momentum this year.
Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Why Is Tsai Ing-wen’s Popularity Rising?
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Why Is Tsai Ing-wen’s Popularity Rising?

After the 2018 local elections, popular support for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was consistently the lowest among the presidential candidates. Recently, however, many polls have shown a surprising turn: Tsai’s popularity has significantly risen to the leading position.
By Dongtao Qi - 12 Jul 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Confusion and Uncertainty Cloud US-China Trade Truce
Politics,Economy,China

Confusion and Uncertainty Cloud US-China Trade Truce

US President Donald Trump called a truce to the US-China trade and technology war at the G-20 summit. He said that the US would not impose new tariffs on about USD 300 billion worth of Chinese imports and would allow American firms to sell products and services to Huawei.
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