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.

    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

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

    By John F. Copper on Feb. 15, 2018
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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...
The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue

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.
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Feb.20, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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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...
South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance

Two recent publications by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for International and Security Studies condemn China’s policies and actions in the South China Sea while ignoring the similar transgressions of the others there.
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Feb.05, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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

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Africa And China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

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

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

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Tax Administration Reform in China

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

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

China’s Latest Housing Boom: A Resurrection of the Old Development Model?

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Is China a Neocolonial Power in Africa?

Is China a Neocolonial Power in Africa?

Does Poor Trade Performance Spell the End of China’s Export-Oriented Development?

Does Poor Trade Performance Spell the End of China’s Export-Oriented Development?

China’s Rule of Law Dilemma

China’s Rule of Law Dilemma

Center-State Ties in India and Their Impact on Foreign Policy

Center-State Ties in India and Their Impact on Foreign Policy

China Launches a Controversial Directive to Open Up Gated Residential Compounds

China Launches a Controversial Directive to Open Up Gated Residential Compounds

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