The Paradox of Duterte’s Foreign Policy
Politics,Southeast Asia
By Andrea Chloe Wong - 06 Jul 2018

The Paradox of Duterte’s Foreign Policy

In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
Growing Public Dissatisfaction with Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen
Politics,East Asia

By Xiaolin Duan - 28 May 2018

Growing Public Dissatisfaction with Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen

Withdrawing from the ICC: What Now for the Philippines?
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Andrea Chloe Wong - 11 Apr 2018

Withdrawing from the ICC: What Now for the Philippines?

Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”

Kim Jong-un’s visit was very strategically calculated. It had two purposes. The first was to bring China-North Korea relations back on track. The second was to seek China’s insurance and confirm China’s patron-state status.
By Jaewoo Choo - 03 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Strongman Politics in East Asia
East Asia

Strongman Politics in East Asia

The strongman leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping has drawn partners to his style of leadership. Partners include other strongmen in the world like President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and President Donald Trump of the US.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s Asia Tour: North Korean Nuclear Threat at Top of Agenda
Politics

Trump’s Asia Tour: North Korean Nuclear Threat at Top of Agenda

US President Donald Trump has officially started his maiden visit to Asia. He will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines and will emphasize the need for the international community to work with the US on the North Korean nuclear standoff.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s Dismissal of Bannon: The US’ China Policy Factor
Politics

Trump’s Dismissal of Bannon: The US’ China Policy Factor

US President Donald Trump recently “dismissed” Steven Bannon from his job as White House Chief Strategist. Bannon espoused a strong nationalist point of view. Trump was a proponent of bargaining and negotiating. The two were at odds over the US’ China policy.
China’s Politics and Economy: Where To from Here?
Politics,Economy,China

China’s Politics and Economy: Where To from Here?

While President Xi has amassed great powers, he is also facing formidable challenges confronting China. He has to manage China’s maturing economy, upgrade quality of life for the middle class, and ensure sustainable growth with less detriments to the environment.
By Tai Wei Lim - 27 Oct 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal
Politics,China

China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal

In the lead up to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, there have been many predictions about who’s in and who’s out of the Politburo Standing Committee, fueled by observers’ fascination about political struggles, cliques, successor regime, etc.
Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election
Politics,East Asia

Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election

Boosted by an upturn in his popularity ratings, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe may be aiming for an election in October 2017. Another factor is that the political opposition is in some form of reorganization following the resignation of the Democratic Party leader.
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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