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Politics,Society,China
By Yongnian Zheng - 22 Feb 2017

The Governing Logic of the Chinese Communist Party

Deng Xiaoping, having witnessed in the early 1990s the fall of communist regimes in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, correctly analysed that the regimes’ downfalls were due to their inability to develop their economies and provide welfare for their people.  
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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,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 16 Feb 2017

Trump and the South China Sea: Flip-Flops and Continuity

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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.  
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Politics,Economy

How Trump Can Work with World Leaders

There is potential for US President Donald Trump to work with China on public goods such as the global environment and many other issues of non-detrimental common interests. Job creation may be an important link between the first and second largest economies in the world.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 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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Politics,Society

Trump’s Victory is a Wakeup Call

The victory of Trump constitutes part of a global trend, where the failure of ruling parties in the West and elsewhere to address the real and deeply felt grievances of their citizens have thrust political power or influence onto demagogues and xenophobes.
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Politics,Hotspots,China

Can Trump Play the “Russian Card” Against a Rising China?

US President Donald Trump may play the “Russian card” against China like how Nixon played the “Chinese card” against Moscow in 1972. However, the triangular relationship between the US, Russia and China is not necessarily comparable to the one in the 1970s.
By Wei Luo - 21 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,China

As Trump Takes Office, China Bashers Are Having a Field Day

In the run-up to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, advocates of a more aggressive US foreign policy towards China unleashed a barrage of hawkish commentaries and proposals. Most comments focused on China’s behavior in the South China Sea.
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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,Hotspots,China

Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China

On January 11, 2017, US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made several intemperate remarks. Most provocatively he said that China’s access to the features it has built up in the South China Sea is not going to be “allowed.”
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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

Has Obama Driven Trump into a Conflict with China?

It appears that US President Barack Obama has implemented, or at least has not opposed or sought to block, legislation to birdcage President-elect Donald Trump on future relations with China. He has “arranged” difficulties for Trump’s future attempts to get along with Beijing.
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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,Economy,China

The Coming Trade War Between the US and China

Asia watchers are anxiously awaiting US President-elect Donald Trump’s first actions after his inauguration, in particular whether he will carry out his threat of designating China as a currency manipulator. Such a designation will allow US to institute punitive tariffs on Chinese imports.
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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,China

São Tomé and Príncipe Establishes Ties with China: Why is this Important?

In mid to late December 2016, the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe established diplomatic relations with China and broke with Taiwan. The event attracted considerable media attention and evoked speculation as to its significance.
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Politics,Economy,Society

2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism

2016 was a breakthrough year for populism, highlighted by the victory of the “leave” campaign in the UK’s Brexit referendum in June, and Donald Trump’s win in the US general elections in November.
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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,Society

Trumpism: Shifting the Spotlight Away Might Help

Trumpism is now shaping events around the world, like the One China policy and the Russian intervention of the presidential election. The best approach is to devalue Trumpism and treat US President-elect Donald Trump as an ordinary US president.
By Nong Hong - 19 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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,Hotspots,China

The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes

Southeast Asian countries have two serious concerns which might increase distrust between China and ASEAN, and this may become a bottleneck of the MSR construction. One is about China’s nine-dash line, and the other is whether China is undermining ASEAN’s unity.
By Hong Zhao - 12 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,Society

National Priority: From Ideology to Governance

The campaign rhetoric of Trump and the shift of Duterte to “pivot to China” seem to indicate a new sense of realism in their thinking. People now want good governance that can deliver a good and stable life for themselves rather than lofty ideas of taking care of thy neighbors.
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Politics,Hotspots

Get China to Negotiate with SCS Neighbors: A Message to Trump

If China is not forced to the bargaining table, it is hard to see why it will pursue constructive solutions with its neighbors. Even though the South China Sea dispute is taking place many miles away, the outcome will have consequences for US global interests.  
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Politics,Society

Italy and the Snowball of Populism

The result of the Italian referendum will have implications for the wave of anti-establishment populism that began with the Brexit vote earlier this year, and which will serve to accelerate the snowball effect of populism as Western Europe undertakes a series of major elections next year.
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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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Politics,Economy

Can Trump “Warm” to the One Belt One Road Initiative?

There has been some indication that the Trump administration wishes to shift the US’ disposition toward Chinese initiatives such as the One Belt One Road initiative. Many negative American perceptions of Chinese economic leadership, particularly of the OBOR, must first be addressed.
By Alek Chance - 02 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

Asian Democracy

Many Asians do not accept that Western liberal democracy is the best form of democracy. This does not mean that they disparage the core ideas of democracy: sovereignty of the people; rule of law; guarantee of human rights; majority rule with guarantee of minority rights; checks and balances.
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Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian Foreign and Economic Policies in the Trump Era

Both Malaysia and the Philippines along with others in the original ASEAN-5 are already comfortable in terms of their partnerships with Japan, and they will find working with China to be a productive and possibly value-added new infrastructure construction partnership experience.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots

Trump’s Victory and Future of US-Pakistan Relations

What does Trump’s victory mean for Pakistan? Will the coldness in US-Pakistan ties increase further or will they remain at their current level? More importantly, what are the benchmarks to evaluate Trump’s future policies?
By Abdul Basit - 28 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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,Economy,China

Xi Heralds Age of China-led Globalization at APEC Summit

While the US and its allies were reeling from the recent election of Donald Trump as US president and his pledge to scrap the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership once he comes into office, Chinese President Xi Jinping pushed APEC members to accelerate their negotiations towards the completion of two alternative regional trade agreements.
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Politics,Economy,Hotspots

Trumponomics: A Danger to Prosperity?

Will Donald Trump’s presidency pose a danger to the country’s prosperity? Or will it “make America great again” by doubling US economy’s annual growth to 3.5-4.0 percent?
By Ding Lu - 19 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

A New Agenda: America and the World under Trump

In the wake of Donald Trump’s stunning victory at the 2016 US presidential election, IPP Review sat down with Professor Yongnian Zheng, Director of East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, to discuss questions surrounding Trump’s win, democracy, US’ foreign policies and more.
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Politics,Southeast Asia

A Glimpse into Duterte’s Foreign Policy

Rodrigo Duterte’s silence on the US-Philippines mutual defence treaty ensures a certain degree of US influence on Philippine foreign policy. His posture on foreign policy independence to steer clear of big power rivalries and taking domestic issues as national priorities can meaningfully lower tensions in the South China Sea.  
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Politics,China

Trump’s Asia Policy: What Might We Expect and Not Expect?

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the US election, what has appeared in the press and on television suggests they are nothing less than obsessed in purveying a bad Trump presidency forecast. This goes especially for deconstructing what Trump may think of Asia.
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Politics,Society

Trumped!

The pollsters’ belief that shy Trump voters did not exist turned out to be spectacularly wrong, when groups including college-educated white men and non-college-educated white women, turned out instead to be Trump supporters. Clinton’s campaign failed to recognize how intersectionality would complicate the voting behavior of different groups in the electorate.
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Politics,Economy,China

China’s Economic Gifts as Extension of its Foreign Policy

China as a “regional bank” is not constrained geographically to Asia. In Latin America, the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China provided upwards of USD 29 billion to Latin American governments in 2015. In Europe, Chinese FDI increased by 44 percent from 2014 to reach USD 23 billion in 2015.
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Politics,China

US-China Relations: Clinton Vs Trump

While much media attention has focused on the scandals of the two US presidential candidates, this year’s election will also have significant implications for the future of US-China relations.
By Wei Luo - 07 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Southeast Asia

King Bhumibol’s Passing and Sino-Thai Relations

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the world’s longest-reigning monarch before his demise on October 13, 2016. Thailand established official ties with China in 1975 and was one of the earliest countries in Southeast Asia to do so. King Bhumibol maintained the bond by meeting most of the top Chinese leaders.
By Tai Wei Lim - 01 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China

Xi Jinping and the Future of the Communist Party of China

The title of “core” has more than a symbolic meaning for Xi Jinping. Xi has to make good use of his increased power to address power struggles within the party so as to unite the CPC; to execute his reform plan for sustainable economic growth; and to lead China into a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
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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,China

Xi Jinping’s Rise as Core Leader of the Chinese Communist Party

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s elevation as core leader will facilitate his consolidation of power, which in turn will allow him to “surround himself with allies, sideline rivals and ensure his rule is less fettered.” The Chinese Communist Party’s previous core leaders include Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin.
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Politics

Has Obama Lost the Philippines?

In the last few months, US relations with the Philippines have gone from very good or excellent to bad or terrible. The Philippines, where public opinion about the US had been 90 percent favorable, had seemed to turn to China to replace the US as its best friend.
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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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Politics,Society

The Crisis in Democracy

The global crisis in democracy is not just limited to Erdoğan, Duterte, and Trump. Europe “is entering an election supercycle in which four of Europe’s five largest economies have votes that will almost certainly mean serious gains for right-wing populists and nationalists.”
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Politics,Society

Has Democracy Failed America? The Final Presidential Debate

Many observers commented that the quality of the presidential debates was far worse than they had expected. Remarks and comments made by both candidates had little to do with policies but a lot to do with personal attack or disparagement.
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Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Conceit and Callowness: Causes of US-Philippines Contretemps

In recent weeks, US-Philippines relations have undergone a rough patch as President Duterte has sought to “rebalance” Philippine foreign policy and lessen its dependence on the US. The reaction of policy makers and analysts in the US has ranged from anger to handwringing to ignoring the significance and roots of the problem.
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Politics,South Asia

India-Nepal Ties: The Imprint of the “Modi Doctrine”

On his first visit abroad after assuming office, Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal visited India from September 15-18. The choice of India for the first visit by the prime minister of Nepal was a smart move to reinforce India-Nepal special relations.  
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Politics,China,Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s New Leadership and Relations with China

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who has been Uzbekistan’s prime minister since 2003, was elected by the Uzbek parliament to serve as acting President until presidential elections are held in December 2016, of which he will be one of the candidates.
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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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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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Politics,Economy,China

The BRICS at the Hangzhou G20 Summit

The September 2016 meeting of the BRICS leaders, which occurred on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, was noteworthy as it confirmed the new Brazilian government’s commitment to the BRICS grouping.
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Politics,China

Obama’s Final Sojourn to Asia: Success or Failure?

In September 2016, US President Barack Obama embarked on what is likely to be his last visit to Asia while in office. The objective of the trip was to vie with China to maintain America’s influence in Asia and the world that China has been fast encroaching on in recent years.
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Politics,Economy,China

Hangzhou G20: Display of Opulence with Limited Achievement?

Lauded as a great success by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Hangzhou G20 Summit came to a conclusion on September 5, 2016 with its final communique confirming the necessary consensus for the G20’s long-term vision.  
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Politics,Security,South Asia

Terrorism and Geopolitics in South Asia

2016 has proven to be a busy year thus far for diplomats of the major world powers as they flew into South Asia’s capitals to cut deals and cooperate in combating terrorism as well as extending areas of cooperation with geopolitical implications.
By Tai Wei Lim - 08 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

Crisis in the World Order: The Result of Three Major Transformations

The first is the transformation from the national to the global economy. The second is the transformation from elite to mass democracy. The third is the shift in the focus of knowledge from the world to the local, and from the macro to the micro scale.  
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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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Politics,Security,Hotspots

Asia’s Future: Become Another Middle East or Avoid South China Sea War

Since the announcement of the ruling, all concerned parties are still mulling their next moves. The actions they take will decide which direction Asia heads to: spiral into a Middle Eastern type of crisis, or avoid war and head towards peace and stability.
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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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Politics,Economy,China

Creating a South China Common Market to Address Hong Kong and Taiwan Issues

A South China Common Market would not only enhance the international competitiveness of China’s economy, but also create a social and economic environment to solve the Hong Kong and Taiwan issues.
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Politics,Security,Hotspots

Chinese and Vietnamese Nationalism and the South China Sea

While hostilities resulting from territorial disputes driven by nationalism and history continue to overshadow the relationship between Vietnam and China, a military conflict is unlikely to occur, unless decision-makers consider the resulting economic, military and political disasters to be bearable.
By Wei Luo - 15 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

The Politically Incorrect Allure of Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s supporters see him as having “the guts to say what he wants,” and he is “saying what a lot of what America’s feeling right now.” Some who find themselves shocked by his politically incorrect speech still find themselves attracted to his message.
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Politics,Hotspots,China

Xi Jinping and China’s Future: A Debate

President Xi Jinping’s unyielding effort in the anti-corruption campaign has implicated 800,000 Chinese officials. How and when will he consider his mission to be accomplished? David Shambaugh and Zheng Yongnian had an in-depth exchange of views at a global forum on China in Singapore.
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Politics,Security,Hotspots

Brexit and the Future of Regionalism

The UK’s exit from the EU is a cautionary tale to other forms of regionalism. The US has dominated NATO, the North American Free Trade Area, and is also committed to constructing new types of regionalism such as the TPP and TTIP. Yet, it is questionable if this non-inclusive form of regionalism established will be sustainable.
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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,China

In Search of Wise Leaders and a New World Order

The world order is facing challenges on all fronts. Elements such as geopolitics, income inequality brought on by globalization, and technological changes have coalesced into waves of populism, nationalism, and protectionism. The world is crying out for leaders with great wisdom.
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Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

Prospects and Challenges for China after the South China Sea Arbitration

Observers have argued that China did not fully appreciate the implications of not participating in the arbitration process. Not only did it give up its right to appoint the arbitrators, it also gave up its right to present its legal arguments and evidence to the tribunal and the international audience.
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Politics,Society

Europe’s New Aristocracy

When intellectuals stop presenting options and start demanding outcomes, their democratic function has come to an end. The tyranny of a meritocratic intellectual class, Aristotle’s tyranny of the best, is a tyranny all the same.
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Politics,Economy,Hotspots,China

Respecting Brexit

With the referendum of June 23, 2016, Britain has decided to leave the EU. Though this is controversial, there is good reason to respect the outcome of this form of British democracy.
By Dingli Shen - 13 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,China

China-US Dialogue on the South China Sea

Dai Bingguo’s address to the China-US Dialogue on the South China Sea Between Chinese and US Think Tanks on July 5, 2016, in Washington DC.
By Bingguo Dai - 06 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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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Politics,Hotspots

Brexit Vote: The Predicaments of Western Democracy

Today, Western democracy is trapped with its self-inflicted damage. Voting works if and only if voters understand what it is really about and the Brexit poll clearly demonstrated that the direction of fundamental policy choices could be out of the control of the people at large.
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Politics,Economy,Hotspots

Brexit and Asia: Rationality versus Emotion

The June 23 Brexit referendum saw the UK vote to leave the European Union. The exit decision shocked the world with implications not only in the political and economic arenas of the UK and EU, but which also has far reaching repercussions beyond Europe.
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Politics,China

China’s Challenge to America: Its Role as the World’s Builder

China has won the title of the “world’s builder” by applying its monetary resources via aid and investments and expertise to construct roads, railroads, dams, communications facilities, pipelines, ports, economic zones and more to projects abroad. America was once the world’s “connector.’ That is no more.
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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.
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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,China

Five Misconceptions of China’s Domestic and Foreign Policies in the West

Misconceptions of China’s New Normal politics has led to suspicion and distrust from the West. Furthermore, such misperceptions and misconceptions have started to affect these countries’ policies towards China.  
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Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Vietnam: New Leadership and the Pressure for Economic Reforms

Economic policies beg for a major update from the implementation of the Doi Moi reforms in 1986. To ensure full integration into the global economy, including fulfilling expectations of the TPP, Vietnam need to do some serious adjustments.
By Huong Le Thu - 25 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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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Politics,China

Xi Jinping and His Vision of China

In the 1980s, Xi Jinping was placed as one of the candidates for the future generation of leaders. It is believed that he had already formulated his vision of China when he took over power from Hu Jintao.
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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.
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Politics,Security

How Will the PLA Boost China’s Global Status?

In a seminar focusing on national defense and military reform, President Xi Jinping called for building a strong armed forces commensurate with China’s international status and compatible with national defense and interest.
By Bojian Liu - 02 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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...
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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...
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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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Politics,Economy,Hotspots,China

How Concerned Should China Be about Brexit?

The loss of the “Remain” vote in the referendum puts into question the multibillion dollar Sino-UK cooperation agreements signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the UK last year, in particular the Hinkley Point nuclear project.
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Politics,Economy,China

Xi Jinping Promotes One Belt and One Road in Central and Eastern Europe

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visits to Serbia and Poland in June 2016 follow his state visit to the Czech Republic just 3 months earlier, underscoring the importance China places on the markets of Central and Eastern Europe.
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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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Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

Propaganda Wars over the South China Sea

China, the US and their respective supporters are engaged in a propaganda “war” regarding the South China Sea. China has launched a worldwide information campaign that justifies its position. Officials and analysts in the US have seemingly been dragged into the media “gutter” and become involved in a public information campaign of their own.
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Politics,Economy,China

16+1 Platform: Extent and Limit of China’s Global Influence

As President Xi Jinping has recently visited the Czech Republic and his visits to Serbia and Poland are expected in the upcoming weeks, it is the right time to assess the state of the relationship between China and Central and Eastern Europe and the developments within the 16+1 framework.
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Politics,Society

Behind Trump’s Popularity and the “Pivot to Asia”

The domestic conditions that Trump has addressed in this US presidential election include a yearning for a restored middle class, a sense of increasing economic insecurity, and anger over wage stagnation and widening inequality. This domestic-centric sour national mood will spill over into US foreign policy.
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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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Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building

It was in Hanoi that the US President Barack Obama announced a full annulment of the US arms embargo on Vietnam — a decision hailed as a symbolic milestone in the closure to the painful wartime past.  
By Huong Le Thu - 27 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations

A key event in Sino-Philippine relations that Duterte will inherit from the outgoing Aquino administration is the upcoming verdict in the arbitration case on the Sino-Philippine maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
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Politics,China

Xi Jinping’s Reform Leading Group: Two Years in Operation

On December 30, 2013, the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms was established, representing the largest re-centralization of power in recent history, altering the power distribution at the top and changing way the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) operates. Three years have since lapsed and it is time to take a closer look at this powerful body.
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Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia

The results of applying the model of the nation-state in Asia have not been encouraging. There are recurring problems of ethnic conflict, religious polarization, and separatism, which erupt now and then in violence.
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Politics,Economy,China

Is China a Neocolonial Power in Africa?

China has been very active with its various economic projects in Africa. Does this intense level of economic engagement count as neocolonialism?
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Politics,Society

Revisiting the Concept of Soft Power

The concept of soft power is advocating a sophisticated way of using hard power, involving use of persuasion, drawing on a country’s cultural and intellectual resources where possible and appropriate. It does not rule out the use of pressure and force.
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Politics,Security,China

New Roles Played by Different PLA Departments after China’s Military Reform

The four general military headquarters, Staff, Politics, Logistics and Armament, constituted the superstructure of the PLA’s central command system. After the restructuring, these four departments now have to share this prestigious status with 11 newly-promoted agencies and commissions.  
By Gang Chen - 22 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China

All These Talks about the Return of a Personality Cult

Into the fourth year of Xi Jinping’s first term as the Chinese Communist Party’s top leader, there are visible worries that the cult of personality that had made the Mao Zedong period a nightmare in Chinese politics is finding its way back.
By Zhengxu Wang - 21 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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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Politics,China,South Asia

China and India: Does the Largest Country Possess the Greatest Amount of Soft Power?

A large country may not necessarily generate more soft power if it emphasizes hard power and does not take advantage of its potential soft power resources. The different political systems between China and India lead to distinct outcomes in their use of soft power.
By Mengqi Qin - 18 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Southeast Asia

Vietnam’s New Leadership and Its Prospects for Relations with China

On April 7, 2016, Vietnam’s leadership transition was completed when the National Assembly elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the new Prime Minister, replacing Nguyen Tan Dung.  
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Politics,China

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Why China Believes It Is Right about US Rebalancing

China tends to see the US rebalancing strategy as the beginning of a Cold War-style containment. China may misunderstand it, but the US should introspect and review its China policies that formulate and reinforce such beliefs.
By Xiaolin Duan - 17 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Economy,China

Will the Beijing Consensus Follow the Washington Consensus to Oblivion?

The Beijing Consensus is simply three theorems about how to organize the place of a developing country in the world. Just like the Washington Consensus, it contains many ideas that are not all about economics, but also about politics and the global balance of power.
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Politics,China

China and the United States: Two Outlooks of World Order and their Conflict

From a formal point of view, the UN system is the core of the contemporary world system. However, the United States and China have very different understanding and perception about the UN system.
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Politics

What Would Plato Have Thought of Donald Trump?

Were Plato to have witnessed the surprising rise of Donald Trump from celebrity businessman to potential President, he would probably have seen this as yet another vindication of his suspicion of democracy.  
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Politics,China

China’s Lianghui 2016: Expectations and Challenges - Interview with Yongnian Zheng

The annual Chinese Lianghui of 2016, or plenary meetings of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National People's Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is significant for the observation of China’s political, economic and social trends.
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Politics,China

Has China's Institutionalization Failed?

While the 18th Party Congress has brought about momentous changes that have led to uncertainties about the Chinese political future, underlying these changes are in fact concerted efforts towards reinforcing further institutionalization of Chinese politics.
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Politics,Society

Trumpism and the Predicament of American Democracy

In a few of Republican candidate Donald Trump's rallies, there were clashes and even skirmishes between protestors and supporters. The violent scenes were in sharp contrast to the "gold standard" of American democracy that people have come to know.  
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Politics,Southeast Asia

Myanmar’s New Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Myanmar Relations

On March 15, 2016, Myanmar’s newly-elected parliament, dominated by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, elected Htin Kyaw, Suu Kyi’s close aide and confidant, as Myanmar’s next president — the country’s first civilian president since the military coup d’état of September 18, 1988.  
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Politics,Hotspots,China

China’s Rule of Law Dilemma

Less than one year after the party invoked the building of the “rule of law,” 317 human rights lawyers, activists and their family members in China since July 2015 have been reportedly detained and investigated.
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Politics,China

China’s National People’s Congress 2016: Reforms Entering Uncharted Waters

The Xi Jinping-Li Keqiang leadership faced the daunting challenges of reviving the anaemic economy and pushing through a domestic restructuring programme.
By Gang Chen - 21 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics

Xi Jinping’s Foreign Policy Priorities

The purpose of Xi’s foreign policy is to guarantee a peaceful international environment for the country’s domestic modernization.
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Politics,Hotspots,China

Anti-Corruption Campaign: China’s Political “New Normal”

After 30 years of gradual economic reform, the party-state’s partially marketized economy has become a hotbed for more high-stake and high-level corruption cases.
By Gang Chen - 11 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics

Recent Developments In Sino-EU Relations: The 2014 And 2015 State Visits By Xi Jinping And Li Keqiang

On June 28, 2015, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Belgium for the 17th China-European Union Leaders’ Meeting.
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Politics,China,Southeast Asia

The March 2015 Bombings of Yunnan: New Trends in Sino-Myanmar Relations

On March 8, 2015, a Tatmadaw fighter jet battling rebels from the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in the Kokang region accidentally bombed a village in Gengma county in China’s Yunnan province, destroying a house.
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Politics,Economy,South Asia

“Iron Brothers”: Sino-Pakistani Relations and The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

In his first state visit to Pakistan on April 20, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a massive package of investments in Pakistan’s infrastructure.
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Politics,China

China’s Fugitive Officials and Vanishing Fortune

Wang Qishan, China’s anti-corruption tsar, disclosed that in 2015 the Operation Skynet had repatriated 1023 fugitives and recovered three billion yuan in stolen money.
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