Pakistan’s Middle East Predicament
Politics,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 13 Jul 2017

Pakistan’s Middle East Predicament

In recent years, the downward spiral in Saudi-Iran relations, the worsening Syrian conflict, the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and the rise of new diplomatic rivalries between the Sunni Arab states have created new complications for Pakistan.
American Tianxia: A Chinese Term for American Power
Politics,East Asia

By Salvatore Babones - 10 Jul 2017

American Tianxia: A Chinese Term for American Power

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A
Politics,Hotspots

By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Jun 2017

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A

Modi’s Visit to Israel and Indian-Israeli Relations
Politics,South Asia

Modi’s Visit to Israel and Indian-Israeli Relations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in July 2017, in a year which marks the 25th anniversary of Indian-Israeli ties, is probably amongst his most important so far. The India-Israel FTA may move forward during Modi’s visit.
The US’ China Policy: A Perspective from Asia
Politics,China

The US’ China Policy: A Perspective from Asia

This essay examines the apparent “failure” of the US’ China policy through the lens of moral relativism, and argues that if looked through China’s historical and cultural identity, the West has been successfully in engaging China economically, though not necessarily politically.
Can Taiwan Officials and Politicians Play a Role in the Chinese Mainland?
Politics,China,East Asia

Can Taiwan Officials and Politicians Play a Role in the Chinese Mainland?

In September 1981, Ye Jianying of the CPC laid down the famous nine-point proposal. The fifth point states that “The Taiwan authorities and representatives from all walks of life may serve as leadership positions in the national political institutions and participate in state administration.”
Trump’s Emerging Policy Towards China and the South China Sea
Politics,China

Trump’s Emerging Policy Towards China and the South China Sea

The outlines of the Trump administration’s policy toward China and the South China Sea are emerging from a fog of confusing and contradictory statements and actions. It is beginning to look more or less like a continuation of that of the Obama administration, with some new twists.
The UK 2017 Election: A Call for Exit from Brexit?
Politics

The UK 2017 Election: A Call for Exit from Brexit?

The unexpected election result that saw the Conservative Party losing its parliamentary majority plunged the UK into political instability and raised the spectre of an exit from Brexit — an almost unthinkable black swan event.  
New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers
Politics,East Asia

New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers

Former PM Lee Hae-chan have been given presidential orders by Moon Jae-in to conduct diplomacy with China, and media industry tycoon Hong Seok-hyun has been dispatched to the US to have a dialogue with US officials about the Korean Peninsula crisis.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Jun 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now
Politics,Security,South Asia

GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now

A major concern for India is Pakistan’s involvement in the Saudi-led Islamic military coalition. After all, India had expended considerable political and diplomatic capital to isolate Pakistan for terror attacks emanating from its territory which target India and Indian interests.
Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism

The recent London Bridge attack underscores two major trends: IS terrorists are targeting civilians in the main Western cities and they are using low-tech methods like vehicle ramming and stabbing.
By Abdul Basit - 20 Jun 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?
Politics,East Asia

China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?

On June 13, 2017, China and Panama jointly announced they had established formal diplomatic relations, and Panama declared it was breaking ties with Taiwan. The reaction in Taiwan reflected more hurt and anger than usual over the exit of a friend and “ally.”
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