The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue

    By Mark J. Valencia Feb. 20, 2018
    Gordon Chang wrote recently in the National Interest that China is “itching for a confrontation” in response to the January 17, 2018 innocent passage of the USS Hopper near Scarborough Shoal. James Holmes argued that China does not really want confrontation.

    Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

    By Tai Wei Lim on Feb. 22, 2018

    Afghanistan’s Catch-22

    By Chayanika Saxena on Feb. 21, 2018

    Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options

    By H. Christoph Steinhardt & Linda Chelan Li on Feb. 19, 2018
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Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
Economy,Security,Southeast Asia

Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

Facilitated by under-the-radar low-tech boats, collusion with local corrupt officials, and integration with legal trade and activities, piracy in Southeast Asia remains a challenging problem. Multinational agencies are cooperating to counteract.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Feb.22, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Afghanistan’s Catch-22
Politics,South Asia

Afghanistan’s Catch-22

Factors that could have been sources of boon for Afghanistan, such as elections and democracy, and its regional location, are now reasons causing bane. Afghanistan is facing a Catch-22.
By Chayanika Saxena  |  Feb.21, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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The New Concept of “Sharp Power” in International Politics: A Critique
Politics,China

The New Concept of “Sharp Power” in International Politics: A Critique

Christopher Walker and Jessica Ludwig penned an article entitled “The Meaning of Sharp Power: How Authoritarian States Project Influence.” In this piece the authors coin a new term, sharp power, for observers of global affairs.
By John F. Copper   |  Feb.15, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’
Politics,China

Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’

President Donald Trump’s administration and the US Congress have released major documents and passed key pieces of legislation over the course of time that signal the potential for a shift in the US’ “One China Policy.”
By Judith Norton  |  Feb.14, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Why Is Taiwanese Nationalism Declining?
Politics,East Asia

Why Is Taiwanese Nationalism Declining?

At the end of 2017 and the start of 2018, public opinion surveys in Taiwan showed a decline in Taiwanese nationalism. The percentage of people who identify as Taiwanese-only went down, while that of dual-identity (of both Taiwanese and Chinese) went up.
By Dongtao Qi   |  Feb.13, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
China’s Need to Build the “Polar Silk Road”
Economy,China

China’s Need to Build the “Polar Silk Road”

The Chinese agenda is to build the “Polar Silk Road” through developing the Arctic shipping routes. What makes it an essential need is the strategic significance of the Northern Sea Route, a potential key trading route between the eastern, western and northern hemispheres.
By Amrita Jash  |  Feb.12, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Sino-Japanese Ties and the Political Thaw in Northeast Asia
Politics,China,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Ties and the Political Thaw in Northeast Asia

On January 27-28, 2018, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited Beijing to improve bilateral relations between the two countries. The Chinese side reciprocated and publicly announced its intention to improve relations with Japan.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Feb.09, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
US Cuts Security Aid to Pakistan: What Does It Mean?
Politics,Security,South Asia

US Cuts Security Aid to Pakistan: What Does It Mean?

The US decision to cut its security aid to Pakistan brings nothing new into US-Pakistan bilateral dynamics. The US had already done that previously when it cut the Coalition Support Funds amounting to USD 900 million for the financial years 2015 and 2016.
By Chithra Purushothaman   |  Feb.08, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Singapore: South Asia’s Bridge to ASEAN
Economy,South Asia,Southeast Asia

Singapore: South Asia’s Bridge to ASEAN

Singapore has played an important role in connecting South Asia with East Asia. It would be fair to say, that in addition to the economic reforms of 1991, and the efforts of successive governments, Singapore deserves credit for helping India strengthen ties with ASEAN.
By Tridivesh Singh Maini   |  Feb.07, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Lessons Drawn from TV Series Depicting the KMT and CPC Contest
Politics,Society,China

Lessons Drawn from TV Series Depicting the KMT and CPC Contest

In recent years, there are many television series about the power struggle and cooperation between the KMT and the CPC since July 1921 in general and the period from September 1931 to December 1949 in particular.
By Peter Kien-hong Yu  |  Feb.06, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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Taming China’s Stock Markets: Is the Anti-Graft Drive Working?

Taming China’s Stock Markets: Is the Anti-Graft Drive Working?

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

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

Can Taiwan Officials and Politicians Play a Role in the Chinese Mainland?

Can Taiwan Officials and Politicians Play a Role in the Chinese Mainland?

China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?

China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?

The UK 2017 Election: A Call for Exit from Brexit?

The UK 2017 Election: A Call for Exit from Brexit?

RMB’s Global Payments Share Drops: A Blessing in Disguise?

RMB’s Global Payments Share Drops: A Blessing in Disguise?

The Harmonious Dimension of the One-China Principle

The Harmonious Dimension of the One-China Principle

The Co-Existence of China, US, Japan and India in the Asian Regional Order

The Co-Existence of China, US, Japan and India in the Asian Regional Order

China’s Cyber War Against the US: How True?

China’s Cyber War Against the US: How True?

China and Japan Must Address Shared Marine Environmental Emergencies

China and Japan Must Address Shared Marine Environmental Emergencies

The New Economy and its Implications

The New Economy and its Implications

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

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

The US’ China Policy: A Perspective from Asia

The US’ China Policy: A Perspective from Asia

The State of Coal Industry in Northeast Asia

The State of Coal Industry in Northeast Asia

Rebalancing Fiscal Capacity and Expenditure Responsibility in China

Rebalancing Fiscal Capacity and Expenditure Responsibility in China

The ASEAN Community: A Lofty Historical Challenge

The ASEAN Community: A Lofty Historical Challenge

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