South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies
Security,East Asia

South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies

On March 3, 2016, South Korea passed the Act on Anti-Terrorism for the Protection of Citizens and Public Security. The Act had been stalled for 14 years, as it envisaged the expansion of the National Intelligence Service’s powers to survey and arrest terrorist suspects and also dissenters of governmental policy more broadly.
Cracks in China-North Korea Friendship as Nuclear Tension Rises
Security,East Asia

By Wei Luo - 27 Mar 2017

Cracks in China-North Korea Friendship as Nuclear Tension Rises

How to Solve Northeast Asia’s Security Dilemma
Security,East Asia

By Nian Peng - 24 Mar 2017

How to Solve Northeast Asia’s Security Dilemma

Taiwan and the February 28 Incident: Piecing the Facts Together
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan and the February 28 Incident: Piecing the Facts Together

The flashpoint erupted on February 27, 1947 in Taipei, when a dispute developed between an unlicensed cigarette vendor and a Tobacco and Alcohol Monopoly Bureau officer. Violence flared the following morning on February 28 and resulted in a suppression by the government.  
Trump’s Decision to Honor the One-China Policy: How Best to Explain It?
Politics,China,East Asia

Trump’s Decision to Honor the One-China Policy: How Best to Explain It?

It may be that Trump’s tête-à-tête with Xi was more important than simply the two leaders resolving the one-China issue. It included the two leaders inviting each other to visit their country. It seemed to represent détente following more than a month of hostile exchanges.
Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing
Politics,Society,East Asia

Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing

Why did Shinzo Abe not follow the footsteps of then-German Chancellor Willy Brandt who unexpectedly fell to his knees towards the victims of the April 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and remained there for more than a minute?
Japan is Puzzled by President Trump
Economy,East Asia

Japan is Puzzled by President Trump

At a meeting with CEOs of major American corporations, US President Donald Trump complained that it was unfair that American cars could not enter the Japanese market while over a million Japanese cars are shipped to the US every year. Both Japanese government officials and automakers were puzzled by his criticism.  
By Yuqing Xing - 23 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Harmonious Dimension of the One-China Principle
Politics,China,East Asia

The Harmonious Dimension of the One-China Principle

Facing the dilemma of having to handle “two Chinas,” “One China, One Taiwan” or “Taiwan independence,” Beijing’s One-China principle appeared a few months before the signing of a mutual defense treaty between Washington and Taipei in December 1954.  
Time for Asia-Pacific Middle Powers to Do More for Regional Security?
Security,East Asia

Time for Asia-Pacific Middle Powers to Do More for Regional Security?

South Korea and Australia, being established middle powers and allies of the US, are facing the challenge of the changing nature of the cordial relationship with the Washington. Unlike the smaller players, they are in a position to take a more active role in shaping the regional order.
By Huong Le Thu - 21 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Assassination of Kim Jong Nam: An Opportunity for the International Community to Work Together
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

The Assassination of Kim Jong Nam: An Opportunity for the International Community to Work Together

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam was apparently assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by female assassins. This presents a chance for the international community to work together to prevent transnational assassinations and murders.
By Tai Wei Lim - 17 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Will De-Sinification in Taiwan Succeed?
Politics,East Asia

Will De-Sinification in Taiwan Succeed?

A gradual process of asserting things non-Chinese started when a greater sense of Taiwanese-ness emerged under Lee Teng-hui after the March 1996 presidential election. When opposition candidate Chen Shui-bian became president in May 2000, the push for de-Sinification got into full swing.  
A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Autonomy and Maturity
Society,East Asia

A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Autonomy and Maturity

This series deals with Japan’s history from the middle of 1800 to 2000. These 150 years are divided into 9 periods, and each volume focuses on ten or twenty years. The second keystone of the series is the emphasis on the power, order and style of the traditional society, and the autonomy and maturity of the Japanese society.
By Yanming Li - 08 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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