US-China Relations: Clinton Vs Trump
Politics,China
By Wei Luo - 07 Nov 2016

US-China Relations: Clinton Vs Trump

While much media attention has focused on the scandals of the two US presidential candidates, this year’s election will also have significant implications for the future of US-China relations.
King Bhumibol’s Passing and Sino-Thai Relations
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 01 Nov 2016

King Bhumibol’s Passing and Sino-Thai Relations

Xi Jinping and the Future of the Communist Party of China
Politics,China

By Wen Xin Lim - 31 Oct 2016

Xi Jinping and the Future of the Communist Party of China

The Xi-Hung Meeting and the Cross-Strait Impasse
Politics,East Asia

The Xi-Hung Meeting and the Cross-Strait Impasse

The meeting between Xi Jinping and Hung Hsiu-chu, the respective leaders of the mainland’s Chinese Communist Party and Taiwan’s Kuomintang, will be held on November 1, 2016. Observers are concerned about the impact the meeting will have on the current cross-strait stalemate.
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Xi Jinping’s Rise as Core Leader of the Chinese Communist Party
Politics,China

Xi Jinping’s Rise as Core Leader of the Chinese Communist Party

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s elevation as core leader will facilitate his consolidation of power, which in turn will allow him to “surround himself with allies, sideline rivals and ensure his rule is less fettered.” The Chinese Communist Party’s previous core leaders include Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin.
Has Obama Lost the Philippines?
Politics

Has Obama Lost the Philippines?

In the last few months, US relations with the Philippines have gone from very good or excellent to bad or terrible. The Philippines, where public opinion about the US had been 90 percent favorable, had seemed to turn to China to replace the US as its best friend.
The Fragile Stalemate Across the Taiwan Strait
Politics,East Asia

The Fragile Stalemate Across the Taiwan Strait

The stalemate across the Taiwan Strait is fragile because of Beijing’s perception of the balance of power tilting towards its favor. As Chinese leaders have relied increasingly on coercive measures, the fragile cold peace could be replaced by inflaming tensions and hot crisis should either side fail to maintain pragmatism.
The Crisis in Democracy
Politics,Society

The Crisis in Democracy

The global crisis in democracy is not just limited to Erdoğan, Duterte, and Trump. Europe “is entering an election supercycle in which four of Europe’s five largest economies have votes that will almost certainly mean serious gains for right-wing populists and nationalists.”
Has Democracy Failed America? The Final Presidential Debate
Politics,Society

Has Democracy Failed America? The Final Presidential Debate

Many observers commented that the quality of the presidential debates was far worse than they had expected. Remarks and comments made by both candidates had little to do with policies but a lot to do with personal attack or disparagement.
Conceit and Callowness: Causes of US-Philippines Contretemps
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Conceit and Callowness: Causes of US-Philippines Contretemps

In recent weeks, US-Philippines relations have undergone a rough patch as President Duterte has sought to “rebalance” Philippine foreign policy and lessen its dependence on the US. The reaction of policy makers and analysts in the US has ranged from anger to handwringing to ignoring the significance and roots of the problem.
India-Nepal Ties: The Imprint of the “Modi Doctrine”
Politics,South Asia

India-Nepal Ties: The Imprint of the “Modi Doctrine”

On his first visit abroad after assuming office, Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal visited India from September 15-18. The choice of India for the first visit by the prime minister of Nepal was a smart move to reinforce India-Nepal special relations.  
Uzbekistan’s New Leadership and Relations with China
Politics,China,Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s New Leadership and Relations with China

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who has been Uzbekistan’s prime minister since 2003, was elected by the Uzbek parliament to serve as acting President until presidential elections are held in December 2016, of which he will be one of the candidates.
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