In Dealing with North Korea, America Must Keep One Eye on Taiwan
Politics,East Asia

In Dealing with North Korea, America Must Keep One Eye on Taiwan

A distinctive Chinese way of thinking about the Korean peninsula and the Taiwan Strait is that they are comprehensively and integrally interconnected, and that China will take advantage of events on the Korean peninsula to seek to resolve the Taiwan “problem”.
Trump’s “Taiwan Card”: How Real?
Politics,East Asia

By John F. Copper - 26 Apr 2019

Trump’s “Taiwan Card”: How Real?

Japan-North Korea Ties: Will There Be an Abe-Kim Summit?
Politics,Security,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 05 Apr 2019

Japan-North Korea Ties: Will There Be an Abe-Kim Summit?

Who Will Win the 2020 Taiwan Presidential Election?
Politics,East Asia

Who Will Win the 2020 Taiwan Presidential Election?

Taiwan will have its presidential election in early 2020. Several politicians in the two leading parties have started their election campaign, while the KMT Mayor of Kaohsiung, Han Kuo-yu and non-partisan Mayor of Taipei, Ko Wen-je are also expected to run for the seat.
By Xiaolin Duan - 03 Apr 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Are “Black Market Cellphones” Helping China Leverage North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Are “Black Market Cellphones” Helping China Leverage North Korea?

China’s exports to North Korea are seen as strengthening Pyongyang’s rule. But could Chinese complicity in illicit cross-border trade be aimed at undermining or leveraging the Kim regime?
The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea

On March 13, 2019, the US Department of State released the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Twenty-nine pages are dedicated to reporting on human rights violations in North Korea.
Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?

Many had expected some form of peace deal to be inked at the end of the second Trump-Kim summit, but were disappointed when both leaders left without having lunch, sparking off worries that the breakdown was less than amicable.
By Tai Wei Lim - 19 Mar 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Sino-Japanese Rapprochement: Where Is It Heading in 2019?
Politics,China,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Rapprochement: Where Is It Heading in 2019?

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made deliberate attempts to reach out to China at the November 2014’s APEC Summit in Beijing. This was known as the ice-thawing mission from the Abe administration to the Xi administration.
By Tai Wei Lim - 07 Mar 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Incremental Progress towards Needed Diplomacy
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Incremental Progress towards Needed Diplomacy

The second Trump-Kim summit is likely the last window of opportunity for real progress in the North Korea denuclearization drama and also in establishing the basis for an incremental normalization of relations between Washington and Pyongyang.
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Regional Responses, Prospects and Challenges
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Regional Responses, Prospects and Challenges

Given the first Trump-Kim summit’s lack of details on the denuclearization process, special attention should be given to the possible compromise between two sides such as the reciprocal responses from the US if North Korea is willing to close its nuclear facilities.
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Vietnam’s Place in the Sun
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Vietnam’s Place in the Sun

The announcement of Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi as the site of the second Trump-Kim summit has truly marked the Southeast Asian nation’s coming of age. It shows that Vietnam has truly come into prominence on the global stage.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Feb 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Regional Cooperation over the Sanchi Incident: Review and Reflection
Environment,East Asia

Regional Cooperation over the Sanchi Incident: Review and Reflection

The Sanchi incident in January 2018 caused the first and largest ship-source condensate release in maritime history, and could potentially impose grave challenges to regional ocean environment.
By Xinyue Zhang - 18 Feb 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
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