Sino-US Relationship from Obama to Trump
Politics,China
By Xiaolin Duan - 19 Dec 2017

Sino-US Relationship from Obama to Trump

Advocates of power transition theory forecast a systemic dilemma that China and the United States will be unlikely to coexist peacefully in the foreseeable future. This raises the question: is the China-US relationship in the darkness before dawn, or is a heavy storm yet to arrive?
US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View
Politics,Hotspots

By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Dec 2017

US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View

Hong Kong, the Chinese National Anthem and the Basic Law
Politics,China

By Richard Cullen - 13 Dec 2017

Hong Kong, the Chinese National Anthem and the Basic Law

Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations
Politics,Southeast Asia

Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations

Chinese-Filipino relations has reached a new warmth, as China funds Filipino infrastructure-building and its war on drugs while Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte downplays China’s activities on the South China Sea.
Political Leadership in East Asia
Politics,East Asia

Political Leadership in East Asia

Political succession in East Asia may be an outcome of factional compromises, such as the habatsu factional politics in Japan; or the pre-eminence of one leader, such as the “core leadership” in China; or the anti-nepotism, anti-corruption, and anti-cronyism of South Korea.
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Nepal’s Puzzling New Poltical Equation
Politics,South Asia

Nepal’s Puzzling New Poltical Equation

The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified, Marxist and Leninist, the Nepal Communist Party-Maoist, and the Naya Shakti Party, formed an alliance for an upcoming election. However, the Naya Shakti party exited shortly after and aligned instead with the Nepali Congress party.
By Rishi Gupta - 04 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Why is Pakistan Distancing Itself from the US?
Politics,South Asia

Why is Pakistan Distancing Itself from the US?

Pakistan hoped that allying with the US would strengthen its regional standing and position it comfortably against India. Pakistani expectations, however, have witnessed only partial success. The last few years have intensified the squeeze in bilateral engagements.
US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia

US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip

US President Donald Trump embarked on his first official trip to Asia in November 2017. The American mainstream or liberal media, almost in unison, put a negative spin on his trip. The Asian media’s account was largely positive and laudatory of the US president.
A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations

On November 9, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping published an article “For a New Vista in China-Vietnam Friendship” in the official Vietnamese newspaper Nhan Dan, reflecting Beijing’s burgeoning interest to strengthen its ties with Hanoi by mitigating their differences.
By Amrita Jash - 24 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Cross-Strait Relations: Chinese Perspectives after the 19th Party Congress
Politics,East Asia

Cross-Strait Relations: Chinese Perspectives after the 19th Party Congress

Chinese scholars argue that President Xi’s position on Taiwan appears unchanged, i.e., peaceful reunification based on “One Country, Two Systems” and the eight points drawn up by Jiang Zemin, and relying on the aspirations of Taiwanese to advocate for reunification.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s “Kill the Terrorists” Speech Shows Holes in US-Afghan Policy
Politics,South Asia

Trump’s “Kill the Terrorists” Speech Shows Holes in US-Afghan Policy

The US’ continuing occupation of Afghanistan has done little to resolve the War on Terror, nor does Trump’s “Rambo” rhetoric, which is met with much national and international criticism.
Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots

Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea

In the joint statement of the US President and the Vietnamese President, the longest paragraph was the one that addressed the South China Sea issues. The joint statement with the Philippine President essentially repeated phrases from the US-Vietnam’s joint statement.
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