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Security,East Asia
By Huong Le Thu - 21 Feb 2017

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.
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Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 17 Feb 2017

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

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Politics,East Asia

By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 15 Feb 2017

Will De-Sinification in Taiwan Succeed?

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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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Society,East Asia

A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Nation Building

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 first fundamental view from the series is the process of building the modern nation state of Japan.
By Yanming Li - 06 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China,East Asia

Adhering to One China Policy is Crucial for Trump

Does US President Donald Trump have in mind two Chinas; One China, One Taiwan; or Taiwanese independence? If the US abandons the One China policy before a peaceful Chinese reunification, the situation in East Asia will be unstable.  
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China,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Relations: Trending Towards Realism or Pessimism?

Sino-Japanese relations, a cyclical process alternating between pragmatic separation of economics and politics and a deep freeze with articulated announcements signifying tensions, have recently seen pessimistic and realist perspectives come into play.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,East Asia

Stormy Weather Ahead for Taiwan’s Politics

The return of pro-independence DPP to power, large-scale protests against government reforms, a KMT in crisis and an unstable US-China-Taiwan relationship all point to a tougher year ahead for Taiwan.
By Dongtao Qi - 20 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,East Asia

Why Trump’s Great Bargain on Taiwan Won’t Work

US President-elect Donald Trump might meet Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen on her stopover visit to the US close to his inauguration. It seems that the price of Taiwan is going higher and higher, yet could Trump really get what he wants in the bargain?  
By Yanzhuo Xu - 12 Jan 2017 | 1 comments Read more...
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Politics,China,East Asia

Historical Memories: A Critical Factor in China’s Japan Policy

The Chinese consciousness of the historical memories of Japan’s wartime aggression have trumped China’s “new thinking” on Japan in the present time. China’s historical consciousness hence makes Beijing’s Japan policy highly constrained, leaving less room for reconciliation between the two countries.
By Amrita Jash - 09 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,East Asia

Deciphering Tsai Ing-wen’s Next Moves

The call between Tsai and Trump has shattered the status quo. If Trump and his advisors still choose to not to understand China’s mind and heart, Beijing may have no choice but, for example, to establish diplomatic relations with those 21 countries which still support Taipei.
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Politics,China,East Asia

Taiwan: Trump’s Bargaining Chip in US-China Relations?

Since Taiwan remains China’s core interest, Trump’s motive of simply using Taiwan as leverage against China could be very difficult — if not dangerous — especially if he continues to disregard the One China policy.
By Wei Luo - 03 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,East Asia

The 1992 Consensus: Where do China and Taiwan Go From Here?

On November 30, 2016, Zhou Zhihuai, director of the Institute of Taiwan Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that Beijing was not against establishing a new consensus to replace the “1992 consensus” while at the same time reflecting or embodying the One China principle.
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Politics,Security,East Asia

The Rising Specter of a Security Dilemma in Asia

Asia is ripe for rivalry after Donald J. Trump became US President-elect in November 2016, and the root of the ensuing conflict is the uncertainty of US commitment toward its Asian allies, which will lead to a security dilemma of two different directions.
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Politics,China,East Asia

The Trump Challenge in US-China Relations

Trump’s unexpected phone call with Taiwan’s leader, his ensuing tweets swiping at China’s currency policy and military buildup in the South China Sea and his interview on December 11 suggesting he might tear up the “one China” policy hit some of the most sensitive issues in US-China relations.
By Zhiqun Zhu - 14 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,East Asia

Tsai’s Telephone Call to Trump: What’s the Big Deal?

On December 2, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen made a telephone call to US President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election victory. The US media attacked Trump for everything from breaking diplomatic protocol to wanting to start a war with China.
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Politics,China,East Asia

Strains in South Korea-China Relations after Recent Events

The relations between South Korea and China have experienced a sharp turn, which observers consider as the worst as South Korea edges towards its 2017 presidential elections. Recent events have exacerbated tensions between the two countries, leading to analysts believing that China may eventually lose South Korea as a reliable partner.  
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Society,East Asia

Globalization of Japanese Higher Education

The Japanese government has since the 2000s sped up efforts to globalize the country’s higher education system in order to overcome the long-term crisis resulting from the decline of Japan’s international competitiveness in the age of globalization.
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Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

What is Hong Kong’s Status?

During the swearing-in ceremony of new lawmakers at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, two lawmakers referred to the former British colony as the “Hong Kong nation.” A pro-Beijing publication translated the word “nation” as “guo” in Chinese. “Guo” or “guojia” can be understood as nation, country, or state.
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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.
By Dongtao Qi - 31 Oct 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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.
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Economy,East Asia

Japan’s Yield Curve Control: Revival of an Old Idea

Although the Bank of Japan recently announced the plan of “yield curve control,” it has been buying longer government bonds to push their rates down since 2012. The BOJ is only changing the policy target from the quantity of bonds to the price of the bonds. In particular, it aims to keep the 10-year bond yield at around zero.
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Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong: Local Identity and Democratization

Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council election witnessed the success of the localists, including the victory of five young candidates, who advocated the ideas of localism, democracy, and self-determination.  
By Echo Li - 26 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,East Asia

Submarine Acquisitions in East Asia: A Reflection of Geopolitics

Submarine acquisitions in East Asia reflect ongoing geopolitical movements and trends. The ultimate fear is that submarines may become the capital ships in sea-lane denial missions. Submarine acquisitions are as much for bilateral diplomacy as they are military hardware acquisitions.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Confronting HK Localism with a Unified Social Citizenship

Confronting localism and separatism, the Central and Hong Kong governments have to compete for the hearts and minds of Hong Kong residents who hold these “radical thoughts.”
By Zhuoyi Wen - 21 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus

North Korea knows that the world is unfair, as all the five permanent members on the United Nations Security Council have nuclear weapons, while the rest of the world cannot. Or wait a minute, a few others can also have nuclear weapons. So why can’t North Korea have nukes?
By Dingli Shen - 14 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong’s 2016 LegCo Election: A Tectonic Shift in HK Politics?

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Election was held on September 4, 2016, and there were many new and important political features and implications, suggesting that Hong Kong people would like to change the status-quo by having new political forces and young persons to monitor the government.
By Hak Yin Li - 06 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,East Asia

Tsai’s 100th Day in Office: Cross-Strait Relations at Risk

In cross-Strait relations, Tsai Ing-wen has vowed to implement a policy of “no provocation, zero surprises, and more communication.” However, by making some subtle yet significant changes, Tsai has planted a time bomb in cross-Strait relations.
By Xiaolin Duan - 01 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,Cyberspace,East Asia

Pokémon Go and Cultural “Soft Power”

The phenomenon of Pokémon Go was built on the foundations of the real-world physical Pokémon products of the 1990s and early 2000s which was a runaway hit with kids and its influence shaped an entire generation of American children through primetime TV.
By Tai Wei Lim - 31 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,East Asia

No “Helicopter Money,” Abenomics Turns to Fiscal Stimulus

In July 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a JPY 28 trillion stimulus package, which includes spending on infrastructure, reconstruction of disaster zones, wage increases for child and elder care workers, and direct cash payments to low-income households.
By Yuqing Xing - 30 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: Divisions in the Political Landscape

Hong Kong will hold its sixth Legislative Council Election on September 4. The behavior of some democrats, confrontations between the Executive Branch and the LegCo, the Umbrella Movement, violent mass demonstrations, and localism have contributed to increased divisions in Hong Kong politics.
By Hak Yin Li - 23 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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China,East Asia

The Diplomatic Recognition of Taiwan

Currently, 22 and 172 countries recognize Taipei and Beijing, respectively. Since Tsai Ing-wen assumed the presidency in Taiwan, many have wondered what would happen to Taiwan’s relations with its diplomatic allies.
By Shaohua Hu - 17 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,East Asia

THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations

South Korea is feeling the heat, not only from the heat waves of summer but also from the heated debates surrounding President Park Geun-hye’s July 8 announcement of the decision to deploy THAAD. The nation has been polarized between those saying “nay” and “aye.”
By Jaewoo Choo - 11 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society,East Asia

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.
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Politics,East Asia

Prospects for Taiwan’s New Southeast Asia Policy

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen planned to seek closer economic relations with the countries of Southeast Asia, so as to reduce Taiwan’s dependence on trade and other commercial relations with China. However, questions soon arose concerning how promising Tsai’s plan might be.
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Politics,China,East Asia

Developments in Hong Kong: Zhang Dejiang’s Visit and Lam Wing-kee’s Revelation

Zhang Dejiang, a ranking politburo member of the Chinese Communist Party, visited Hong Kong in May 2016. The highlight of his trip turned out to be gatherings with selected pro-democracy politicians from the island who espouse a more moderate position.
By Tai Wei Lim - 04 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,East Asia

Peace Offerings by Beijing and Washington Won't Work for the Korean Peninsula

A significant cut in oil supplies to North Korea will not invite its collapse unlike what conventional views hold. Instead it will coerce the regime to come out of isolation and give up nuclear weapons in order to keep the regime alive.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,China,East Asia

North Korean Nuclear Issue: Strong Leadership from China Needed

China has toughened its stance on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. I look to China for leadership in addressing the problem of potential nuclear proliferation. It can provide this first of all by getting North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
By Sun-Jin Lee - 06 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,East Asia

East Asia and its Response to the “H” Test

Japan has common interests with China in stopping nuclear proliferation in Northeast Asia. The H-bomb test may then end up as a common rallying point that can bring Japan, China, and South Korea together facing a common threat.
By Tai Wei Lim - 26 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China,East Asia

China and Japan: Psycho-Historical Warfare and the Role of America

The rocky relations between China and Japan in recent years are symptomatic of a long and complicated historical rivalry that is adjusting to rather uncomfortable historical contingencies.
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Politics,East Asia

South Korean Legislative Elections: Park’s Government in Grave Position

The results of South Korea’s legislative elections on April 13 took many by surprise, as the ruling party was roundly defeated by two opposition parties. President Park’s government will be greatly challenged by the legislature on both domestic and foreign policy fronts.
By Jaewoo Choo - 24 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,East Asia

Japan’s Economic Woes: Is Helicopter Drop of Money the Cure?

What is the hype that helicopter drop of money is exactly the kind of policy that Japan should seriously consider for getting it out of the quagmire of low inflation and low growth? Will it work?
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Security,China,East Asia

The East and South China Sea Incidents Are Not Accidents

Most such encounters are not unintentional or even unexpected. If the US persists in provocative actions despite China’s repeated requests to cease and desist, it must expect to be challenged. And if Japan continues to flaunt its control of the Senkakus, it too invites such challenges.
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Hotspots,China,East Asia

How Should the Chinese Nation Tackle South China Sea Issues?

Taipei and Beijing should designate a maritime commons area within the U-shaped line, which is equivalent to “other sea area,” so as to pacify an assertive Washington and other maritime powers.
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Politics,East Asia

Re-assessing Chen Shui-bian’s Term in Light of Taiwan’s DPP Government

It is worth revisiting the Chen Shui-bian era to examine the cross-strait dynamics and the initial economic and trade conditions that existed at the outset of his presidency that, more than anything else, informed policy direction.
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Economy,East Asia

The Mystery of the Yen Surge

In January 2016, the Bank of Japan announced keeping its quantitative easing steady and added the negative interest rate as a monetary policy tool. Strangely, right after the policy announcement, the Japanese yen reversed course and started a drastic rise.
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Politics,East Asia

Tsai’s Inaugural Address: Bumpy Road Ahead for Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen talked about cross-strait relations in less than 400 words, only accounting for 6.7 percent of her almost 6000-word address. It is basically a reiteration of her “maintaining status-quo” China policy previously explained by her on several occasions in both Taiwan and the United States.
By Dongtao Qi - 31 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Hotspots,China,East Asia

Taiwan’s South China Sea Claim: Entwined with Cross-Strait Relations

Taiwan’s future leaders should not see the South China Sea issue as distinct from China-Taiwan relations. It is the political status of the two governments that underlines Taiwan’s South China Sea contestations.
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Economy,East Asia

Can the New Korean Drama Craze Help South Korea’s Sluggish Economy?

According to a report by the state-run Export-Import Bank of Korea, the direct and indirect economic effects of “Descendants of the Sun” are estimated to total more than KRW 1 trillion (USD 880 million).
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Economy,China,East Asia

The AIIB: Its Impact on Global Financial Governance

The contribution that the AIIB can offer to the global financial governance system is that it will inject new funds and help meet the large financing gap in the global infrastructure sector.  
By Hong Zhao - 14 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Environment,East Asia

The Wrath of Mother Earth: What Can We Learn from Recent Earthquakes?

The earthquakes have created economic damage to Japanese automobile and electronic manufacturers as production was disrupted in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, which hosts Japan’s largest semiconductor manufacturing bases.  
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Politics,East Asia

The Tsai Ing-wen Administration: Will it Avoid Role Conflict Dilemma in Movement Government?

Although Tsai may be different from Chen in terms of leadership style, the movement government’s role conflict dilemma may compel her administration to adopt strategies similar to the Chen administration.
By Dongtao Qi - 20 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,East Asia

Facing the Threat: Taiwan National Disaster Management

On February 6, 2016, the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake. President Ma Ying-jeou announced that the Cabinet had drafted a new plan for anti-seismic reinforcement of construction and would push for further amendments to strengthen disaster prevention and relief measures.
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Economy,East Asia

Can Tsai Ing-Wen Cure Taiwan’s Economic Illness?

Taiwan’s newly elected president Tsai Ing-Wen plans to set up a quasi-sovereign wealth fund to kick-start innovation-driven industrial development. She wishes to bring Taiwan into the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership and enhance economic cooperation with several countries beyond China.
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Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Nuclear Test and ROK-China Relations: A South Korean Perspective

The issue of the greatest concern is Xi Jinping’s attendance at the Nuclear Security Summit which will be held from March 31 to April 1 in Washington, DC, as well as the Obama-Xi meeting on that occasion.
By Sun-Jin Lee - 23 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Tests: Will it Unite or Divide Beijing and Washington?

More than a month has passed since North Korea’s January 6 nuclear test, but no sanctions have been adopted, due largely to the differences between China and the United States over the severity, scope, and the very purpose of punitive measures.
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Economy,China,East Asia

Innovative Dynamism in the Dragon's Habitat

China has begun to maximize the deployment of its brain power intensively to transition into a knowledge-based economy with extensive R&D investments.
By Jong-Hak Eun - 11 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,East Asia

What North Korea Tells Us About the International System

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the quintessential “rogue state”, but one that the so-called “international community” has proved incapable of influencing.
By Mark Beeson - 01 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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