US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A

    By Mark J. Valencia Jun. 29, 2017
    The first FONOP under the Trump administration occurred in late May 2017, when the USS Dewey made a non-innocent passage within 12 nm of Mischief Reef. It raised questions as to the purpose and effectiveness of US FONOPs in the South China Sea.

    Japan Warms Up to China and Approves Anti-Terror Bill

    By Tai Wei Lim on Jun. 29, 2017

    Modi’s Visit to Israel and Indian-Israeli Relations

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    Technology Disruption: Policy Implications for Stakeholders

    By Tai Wei Lim on Jun. 27, 2017
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Japan Warms Up to China and Approves Anti-Terror Bill
China,East Asia

Japan Warms Up to China and Approves Anti-Terror Bill

Pro-Beijing factions in Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party see an AIIB membership as a way to improve Sino-Japanese relations but those who oppose it may be worried about rivalry with the Asian Development Bank.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Jun.29, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A
Politics,Hotspots

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A

The first FONOP under the Trump administration occurred in late May 2017, when the USS Dewey made a non-innocent passage within 12 nm of Mischief Reef. It raised questions as to the purpose and effectiveness of US FONOPs in the South China Sea.
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Jun.29, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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The US’ China Policy: A Perspective from Asia
Politics,China

The US’ China Policy: A Perspective from Asia

This essay examines the apparent “failure” of the US’ China policy through the lens of moral relativism, and argues that if looked through China’s historical and cultural identity, the West has been successfully in engaging China economically, though not necessarily politically.
By Bo Yuan Chang   |  Jun.27, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Can Taiwan Officials and Politicians Play a Role in the Chinese Mainland?
Politics,China,East Asia

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

In September 1981, Ye Jianying of the CPC laid down the famous nine-point proposal. The fifth point states that “The Taiwan authorities and representatives from all walks of life may serve as leadership positions in the national political institutions and participate in state administration.”
By Peter Kien-hong Yu  |  Jun.23, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Trump’s Emerging Policy Towards China and the South China Sea
Politics,China

Trump’s Emerging Policy Towards China and the South China Sea

The outlines of the Trump administration’s policy toward China and the South China Sea are emerging from a fog of confusing and contradictory statements and actions. It is beginning to look more or less like a continuation of that of the Obama administration, with some new twists.
By Mark J. Valencia   |  Jun.23, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
The UK 2017 Election: A Call for Exit from Brexit?
Politics

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

The unexpected election result that saw the Conservative Party losing its parliamentary majority plunged the UK into political instability and raised the spectre of an exit from Brexit — an almost unthinkable black swan event.  
By Henry Hing Lee Chan  |  Jun.22, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers
Politics,East Asia

New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers

Former PM Lee Hae-chan have been given presidential orders by Moon Jae-in to conduct diplomacy with China, and media industry tycoon Hong Seok-hyun has been dispatched to the US to have a dialogue with US officials about the Korean Peninsula crisis.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Jun.21, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now
Politics,Security,South Asia

GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now

A major concern for India is Pakistan’s involvement in the Saudi-led Islamic military coalition. After all, India had expended considerable political and diplomatic capital to isolate Pakistan for terror attacks emanating from its territory which target India and Indian interests.
By Aditi Bhaduri  |  Jun.21, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism

The recent London Bridge attack underscores two major trends: IS terrorists are targeting civilians in the main Western cities and they are using low-tech methods like vehicle ramming and stabbing.
By Abdul Basit   |  Jun.20, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?
Politics,East Asia

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

On June 13, 2017, China and Panama jointly announced they had established formal diplomatic relations, and Panama declared it was breaking ties with Taiwan. The reaction in Taiwan reflected more hurt and anger than usual over the exit of a friend and “ally.”
By John F. Copper  |  Jun.20, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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New Measures to Lessen Negative Aspects of Belt and Road Initiative

New Measures to Lessen Negative Aspects of Belt and Road Initiative

The New Economy and its Implications

The New Economy and its Implications

Harmony in a World of Contradictions

Harmony in a World of Contradictions

India-Iran Ties: Economic and Strategic Significances

India-Iran Ties: Economic and Strategic Significances

GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now

GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now

The Governing Logic of the Chinese Communist Party

The Governing Logic of the Chinese Communist Party

The Postwar Rise of Vietnam: Economic and Political Feats

The Postwar Rise of Vietnam: Economic and Political Feats

Cambodia’s Debt: Prudent to Look for Diversified Sources

Cambodia’s Debt: Prudent to Look for Diversified Sources

New Measures to Douse China’s Housing Frenzy

New Measures to Douse China’s Housing Frenzy

China’s Mega-Urbanization Woes

China’s Mega-Urbanization Woes

Conceptualizing the Belt and Road Initiative as an International Regime

Conceptualizing the Belt and Road Initiative as an International Regime

Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia

Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia

The Global Ransomware Outbreak and the Challenge for Cybersovereignty

The Global Ransomware Outbreak and the Challenge for Cybersovereignty

The Siege of Marawi and the Declaration of Martial Law over Mindanao

The Siege of Marawi and the Declaration of Martial Law over Mindanao

Moon Jae-in’s Election: Hope for the Korean Peninsula?

Moon Jae-in’s Election: Hope for the Korean Peninsula?

Colombia Rejects Peace Deal: Chinese Investments in Doubt?

Colombia Rejects Peace Deal: Chinese Investments in Doubt?

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