The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes
Politics,Hotspots,China
By Hong Zhao - 12 Dec 2016

The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes

Southeast Asian countries have two serious concerns which might increase distrust between China and ASEAN, and this may become a bottleneck of the MSR construction. One is about China’s nine-dash line, and the other is whether China is undermining ASEAN’s unity.
Tsai’s Telephone Call to Trump: What’s the Big Deal?
Politics,East Asia

By John F. Copper - 11 Dec 2016

Tsai’s Telephone Call to Trump: What’s the Big Deal?

National Priority: From Ideology to Governance
Politics,Society

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 08 Dec 2016

National Priority: From Ideology to Governance

Get China to Negotiate with SCS Neighbors: A Message to Trump
Politics,Hotspots

Get China to Negotiate with SCS Neighbors: A Message to Trump

If China is not forced to the bargaining table, it is hard to see why it will pursue constructive solutions with its neighbors. Even though the South China Sea dispute is taking place many miles away, the outcome will have consequences for US global interests.  
Italy and the Snowball of Populism
Politics,Society

Italy and the Snowball of Populism

The result of the Italian referendum will have implications for the wave of anti-establishment populism that began with the Brexit vote earlier this year, and which will serve to accelerate the snowball effect of populism as Western Europe undertakes a series of major elections next year.
 Strains in South Korea-China Relations after Recent Events
Politics,China,East Asia

Strains in South Korea-China Relations after Recent Events

The relations between South Korea and China have experienced a sharp turn, which observers consider as the worst as South Korea edges towards its 2017 presidential elections. Recent events have exacerbated tensions between the two countries, leading to analysts believing that China may eventually lose South Korea as a reliable partner.  
Can Trump “Warm” to the One Belt One Road Initiative?
Politics,Economy

Can Trump “Warm” to the One Belt One Road Initiative?

There has been some indication that the Trump administration wishes to shift the US’ disposition toward Chinese initiatives such as the One Belt One Road initiative. Many negative American perceptions of Chinese economic leadership, particularly of the OBOR, must first be addressed.
By Alek Chance - 02 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Asian Democracy
Politics,Society

Asian Democracy

Many Asians do not accept that Western liberal democracy is the best form of democracy. This does not mean that they disparage the core ideas of democracy: sovereignty of the people; rule of law; guarantee of human rights; majority rule with guarantee of minority rights; checks and balances.
Southeast Asian Foreign and Economic Policies in the Trump Era
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian Foreign and Economic Policies in the Trump Era

Both Malaysia and the Philippines along with others in the original ASEAN-5 are already comfortable in terms of their partnerships with Japan, and they will find working with China to be a productive and possibly value-added new infrastructure construction partnership experience.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s Victory and Future of US-Pakistan Relations
Politics,Hotspots

Trump’s Victory and Future of US-Pakistan Relations

What does Trump’s victory mean for Pakistan? Will the coldness in US-Pakistan ties increase further or will they remain at their current level? More importantly, what are the benchmarks to evaluate Trump’s future policies?
By Abdul Basit - 28 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
What is Hong Kong’s Status?
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

What is Hong Kong’s Status?

During the swearing-in ceremony of new lawmakers at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, two lawmakers referred to the former British colony as the “Hong Kong nation.” A pro-Beijing publication translated the word “nation” as “guo” in Chinese. “Guo” or “guojia” can be understood as nation, country, or state.
Xi Heralds Age of China-led Globalization at APEC Summit
Politics,Economy,China

Xi Heralds Age of China-led Globalization at APEC Summit

While the US and its allies were reeling from the recent election of Donald Trump as US president and his pledge to scrap the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership once he comes into office, Chinese President Xi Jinping pushed APEC members to accelerate their negotiations towards the completion of two alternative regional trade agreements.
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