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

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

Trump’s Worldview: Some Preliminary Observations

Trump’s Worldview: Some Preliminary Observations

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

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

North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus

North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus

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

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

Globalization of Japanese Higher Education

Globalization of Japanese Higher Education

Love, Marriage, and China’s Demographic Crisis

Love, Marriage, and China’s Demographic Crisis

Trumpism, Social Revolution and an Unsafe World

Trumpism, Social Revolution and an Unsafe World

The Politically Incorrect Allure of Donald Trump

The Politically Incorrect Allure of Donald Trump

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

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

Modi’s Visit to Israel and Indian-Israeli Relations

Modi’s Visit to Israel and Indian-Israeli Relations

China’s Stock Market Turmoil: A Painful Lesson for Investors and Regulators

China’s Stock Market Turmoil: A Painful Lesson for Investors and Regulators

The Xi-Hung Meeting and the Cross-Strait Impasse

The Xi-Hung Meeting and the Cross-Strait Impasse

CPPCC 2017: Hot Topics at China’s Top Political Advisory Session

CPPCC 2017: Hot Topics at China’s Top Political Advisory Session

Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?

Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?

Respecting Brexit

Respecting Brexit

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