Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)

It is more than 21 years since Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China. Much has happened that is positive since 1997. At the same time there have been recurring political incidents and stand-offs. Could the HKSAR see a positive future within China?
Meeting China’s Rise: Proposing A New Rebalancing Strategy for ASEAN
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

By Bo Yuan Chang - 09 Nov 2018

Meeting China’s Rise: Proposing A New Rebalancing Strategy for ASEAN

The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan
Politics,South Asia

By Chayanika Saxena - 08 Nov 2018

The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan

Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?

The EU warned that it would withdraw its trade preferences given to Cambodia, if Cambodia could not reverse the perceived deterioration of its human rights situation. The country should not underestimate the potential severe impact of the withdrawal on its garment industry.
Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India
Politics,South Asia

Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India

In October 2018, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa won the general elections of Bhutan while the governing party was eliminated. Many analysts believed that the new government would reduce dependence on India while strengthening cooperation with China.
By Nian Peng - 06 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal

It’s on everybody’s lips: the smoother relationship between China and Japan, the world’s second and third economies. The conventional explanation for this round of cozying up is that the common challenge of trade wars is uniting the two Northeast Asian rivals.
By Tai Wei Lim - 05 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Abe’s China Sojourn: The Emerging New Calculus between China and Japan
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Abe’s China Sojourn: The Emerging New Calculus between China and Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s landmark three-day visit to Beijing from October 25-27, 2018, exemplifies the changing undertone in the fragile relations that have been severely affected by territorial disputes and contentions over Japan’s past aggression.
By Amrita Jash - 02 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh
Politics,Economy,South Asia

“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh

On October 23, 2018, Saudi Arabia kicked off the “Future Investment Initiative” conference, showcasing the country’s progress and reforms. One of the high-profile guests at the conference was Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The 2018 Xiangshan Forum: Regional Issues and the North Korean Entrance
Politics,Security,China

The 2018 Xiangshan Forum: Regional Issues and the North Korean Entrance

The Xiangshan Forum, one of East Asia’s premier security forums, is being held in Beijing from October 24 to 26, 2018. What has attracted the attention of international observers is Pyongyang sending a delegation led by two heavyweights.
By Tai Wei Lim - 26 Oct 2018 | 12 comments Read more...
Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections
Politics,South Asia

Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections

The recent by-election results in Pakistan should serve as a wake-up call for the PTI government led by Imran Khan. While renegotiation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with China has helped in the long run, the economy is in the doldrums and patience is clearly wearing thin.
India and Uzbekistan Look to Deepen Bilateral Ties
Politics,Central Asia,South Asia

India and Uzbekistan Look to Deepen Bilateral Ties

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived on September 30, 2018 on his first official visit to India. This visit came soon after the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Uzbekistan, as part of her visit to the Central Asian Region.
Will EU’s Sanctions Mean a Closer Embrace for China and Cambodia?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Will EU’s Sanctions Mean a Closer Embrace for China and Cambodia?

The EU has started the process to withdraw Cambodia’s trade benefits under the “Everything But Arms arrangement, or EBA, which guarantees completely tariff-free access to the European market for all exports except for weapons and ammunition.”
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