Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Strong Headwinds
Politics,Society,East Asia
By John F. Copper - 22 Jul 2016

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Strong Headwinds

To some observers, Tsai and her party were challenged by problems of such a scope and magnitude that the future did not look good. In other words, the headwinds seem almost insurmountable.
Europe’s New Aristocracy
Politics,Society

By Salvatore Babones - 18 Jul 2016

Europe’s New Aristocracy

Unemployment Insurance in China: Expanding Coverage and Improving Benefits
Society,China

By Jiwei Qian - 24 Jun 2016

Unemployment Insurance in China: Expanding Coverage and Improving Benefits

Financial Sustainability of China’s Social Health Insurance Funds
Society,China

Financial Sustainability of China’s Social Health Insurance Funds

In March 2016, the reform of social health insurance was underlined in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan. In particular, the financially sustainable management of social health insurance is one of the key issues to be addressed in the Chinese health care system.
By Jiwei Qian - 03 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Trumpism, Social Revolution and an Unsafe World
Politics,Society

Trumpism, Social Revolution and an Unsafe World

While countries are dealing with populism internally, the world as a whole is witnessing great changes in geopolitics. Geopolitical clashes in the Middle East, between the two Koreas, and in the South China Sea, and humanitarian issues like the European migrant crisis, have made the world an unsafe place.
The Republic of China as the Historic Link in Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations
Society,China

The Republic of China as the Historic Link in Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations

As long as Beijing asserts its policy of “peaceful reunification,” future cross-Strait political negotiations will continue to dwell on the positioning of the Republic of China.
The Grenfell Inferno
Society

The Grenfell Inferno

In the predawn hours of June 14, 2017, a refrigerator caught fire in an apartment at Grenfell Tower in London. Within the hour, the fire had spread out of that apartment, ignited the block’s flammable external cladding, and spread at a speed which shocked fire safety experts.
Are Japan-China Relations Stagnating?
Politics,Society,East Asia

Are Japan-China Relations Stagnating?

Sino-Japanese relations have been deteriorating since the outbreak of the territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in September 2012. Today, although the worst seems to be over, the bilateral relationship remains deadlocked.
By Ichiro Inoue - 16 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Why China Likes Donald Trump?
Politics,Society

Why China Likes Donald Trump?

Government officials in Beijing are skeptical of Donald Trump. But they feel they can negotiate with him and need to resolve some economic disputes that have festered too long. They like him and, more importantly, they like his party better than Hillary Clinton and her party.
Chinese Diplomat Wu Jianmin’s Legacy
Politics,Society,China

Chinese Diplomat Wu Jianmin’s Legacy

Wu Jianmin, one of China’s most influential and outspoken diplomats, passed away in a car accident in Wuhan on June 18, 2016. His views on China’s security environment and open opposition to expanding nationalism and populism had made him a controversial figure, winning both acclaim and abuse.
By Xiaoping Wu - 29 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Should Chinese Americans Vote for Donald Trump?
Politics,Society

Should Chinese Americans Vote for Donald Trump?

Critics have argued against supporting Donald Trump by making historical parallels between his call of banning Muslims and undocumented Hispanic immigrants from entering the US, and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which virtually banned all Chinese immigrants from entering the US.
By Wei Luo - 27 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Why is the Chinese Government Hyper-Responsive to Public Opinion?
Politics,Society,China

Why is the Chinese Government Hyper-Responsive to Public Opinion?

Chinese opinion surveys consistently show that more than 70 percent of survey respondents agree that their government is responsive to public opinion. In contrast, in the same surveys, only a little over 30 percent in democratic Taiwan feel the same way.
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