Will Mahathir Put a Brake on Chinese Mega Projects in Malaysia?
Politics,Southeast Asia

Will Mahathir Put a Brake on Chinese Mega Projects in Malaysia?

Hours after the Mahathir-led opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan clinched a surprising victory at the Malaysian 14th General Election, Mahathir told reporters that his new government “may renegotiate” some deals with China.
The 2018 Malaysian Elections: After the Shock, What’s Next?
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 14 May 2018

The 2018 Malaysian Elections: After the Shock, What’s Next?

Mahathir: The Strongman Returns
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 10 May 2018

Mahathir: The Strongman Returns

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

ASEAN needs to make substantive adjustments to meet new challenges and adapt to new situations. They need to discuss and communicate with Beijing and come up with a role for ASEAN that plays to its strengths in the process.
By Hong Zhao - 09 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
ASEAN Summit Discusses Smart Cities Network and Trade Tensions
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

ASEAN Summit Discusses Smart Cities Network and Trade Tensions

The 32nd ASEAN Summit was held in Singapore from April 25-28, 2018. Top of the agenda was ASEAN’s call to form a grid of smart cities by connecting Southeast Asia’s top tiered cities. ASEAN was also concerned about the trade tensions between the US and China.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The New US Perception of China
Politics,China

The New US Perception of China

The American perception of China has gone through an intriguing transition over the last century. Once, compassion was dominant. Today, increasing hostility is prominent with rumbles of a serious trade war in the air.
East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism
Politics,Economy,East Asia

East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism

Major players in global trade will consider possible countermeasures and strategies to moderate the medium- and long-terms impacts of Donald Trump’s trade protectionism. Amid the trade war, China, Japan, and South Korea are reviving the delayed agenda of East Asia integration.
By Xiaolin Duan - 24 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s New Arctic Policy Needs Close Analysis
Politics,Economy,China

China’s New Arctic Policy Needs Close Analysis

Now that the dust has settled on China’s big policy announcement, it is time to take a fresh look at China’s Arctic Policy and assess what it means for the US and the other five states that have a coastline on the Arctic Sea: Canada, Greenland (Denmark), Russia, Norway, and Iceland.
The Tug of War between Taiwan and the PRC
Politics,East Asia

The Tug of War between Taiwan and the PRC

After the Taiwan Travel Act is signed, Taiwan’s independence activists and supporters are elated. After decades of struggle, the tug of war has now become a contest between Taiwan and the PRC.
Xi Jinping and the Removal of Presidential Term Limits in China
Politics,China

Xi Jinping and the Removal of Presidential Term Limits in China

China scrapped its presidential two-term limit, allowing President Xi Jinping to seek a third term in 2022. The change was criticized by numerous Western pundits as “dangerous,” “regressive,” and “potentially disastrous.” Are such criticisms warranted?
The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi recently met with US Vice President Mike Pence. One of the challenges which the US is facing is that despite taking tough measures on Pakistan lately, there has been no visible change in Islamabad’s approach towards terror groups.
Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan
Politics,Society,South Asia

Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan have made use of democratic practices, such as popular sit-ins, social media activism, and even satire, as ways to make themselves heard even if their faith in the government and the administration continues to diminish by the day.
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