São Tomé and Príncipe Establishes Ties with China: Why is this Important?
Politics,China
By John F. Copper - 30 Dec 2016

São Tomé and Príncipe Establishes Ties with China: Why is this Important?

In mid to late December 2016, the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe established diplomatic relations with China and broke with Taiwan. The event attracted considerable media attention and evoked speculation as to its significance.
2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism
Politics,Economy,Society

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim and Wen-Xin Lim - 28 Dec 2016

2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism

The 1992 Consensus: Where do China and Taiwan Go From Here?
Politics,East Asia

By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 20 Dec 2016

The 1992 Consensus: Where do China and Taiwan Go From Here?

Trumpism: Shifting the Spotlight Away Might Help
Politics,Society

Trumpism: Shifting the Spotlight Away Might Help

Trumpism is now shaping events around the world, like the One China policy and the Russian intervention of the presidential election. The best approach is to devalue Trumpism and treat US President-elect Donald Trump as an ordinary US president.
By Nong Hong - 19 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Rising Specter of a Security Dilemma in Asia
Politics,Security,East Asia

The Rising Specter of a Security Dilemma in Asia

Asia is ripe for rivalry after Donald J. Trump became US President-elect in November 2016, and the root of the ensuing conflict is the uncertainty of US commitment toward its Asian allies, which will lead to a security dilemma of two different directions.
The Trump Challenge in US-China Relations
Politics,China,East Asia

The Trump Challenge in US-China Relations

Trump’s unexpected phone call with Taiwan’s leader, his ensuing tweets swiping at China’s currency policy and military buildup in the South China Sea and his interview on December 11 suggesting he might tear up the “one China” policy hit some of the most sensitive issues in US-China relations.
By Zhiqun Zhu - 14 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes
Politics,Hotspots,China

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.
By Hong Zhao - 12 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Tsai’s Telephone Call to Trump: What’s the Big Deal?
Politics,East Asia

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

On December 2, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen made a telephone call to US President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election victory. The US media attacked Trump for everything from breaking diplomatic protocol to wanting to start a war with China.
National Priority: From Ideology to Governance
Politics,Society

National Priority: From Ideology to Governance

The campaign rhetoric of Trump and the shift of Duterte to “pivot to China” seem to indicate a new sense of realism in their thinking. People now want good governance that can deliver a good and stable life for themselves rather than lofty ideas of taking care of thy neighbors.
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.  
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