Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China
Politics,Security,China
By Anita Inder Singh - 16 Nov 2018

Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China

The Trump administration’s concept of the “Indo-Pacific” should be placed in the context of the main strategic aims of his administration: to preserve the world primacy of the US and to prevent a strong China from displacing the US in Asia.
Trump’s Asia Policy is Mostly About China
Politics,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 13 Nov 2018

Trump’s Asia Policy is Mostly About China

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Christine Loh and Richard Cullen - 12 Nov 2018

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)

Meeting China’s Rise: Proposing A New Rebalancing Strategy for ASEAN
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Meeting China’s Rise: Proposing A New Rebalancing Strategy for ASEAN

ASEAN states’ unwavering support of the “ASEAN Way,” characterized by the making of consensus in tackling regional issues, probably suggested that they maintained a prudent and pragmatic diplomatic posture towards China, in between firm rebalancing and full endorsement.
The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan
Politics,South Asia

The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan

Middle fingers painted in blue ink, millions of Afghans went to the polls, electing people to the lower house of the Parliament and the District Councils. Aside from macro implications, these elections demonstrated popular faith in the strengths of institutional democracy.
Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?

The EU warned that it would withdraw its trade preferences given to Cambodia, if Cambodia could not reverse the perceived deterioration of its human rights situation. The country should not underestimate the potential severe impact of the withdrawal on its garment industry.
Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India
Politics,South Asia

Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India

In October 2018, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa won the general elections of Bhutan while the governing party was eliminated. Many analysts believed that the new government would reduce dependence on India while strengthening cooperation with China.
By Nian Peng - 06 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal

It’s on everybody’s lips: the smoother relationship between China and Japan, the world’s second and third economies. The conventional explanation for this round of cozying up is that the common challenge of trade wars is uniting the two Northeast Asian rivals.
By Tai Wei Lim - 05 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Abe’s China Sojourn: The Emerging New Calculus between China and Japan
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Abe’s China Sojourn: The Emerging New Calculus between China and Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s landmark three-day visit to Beijing from October 25-27, 2018, exemplifies the changing undertone in the fragile relations that have been severely affected by territorial disputes and contentions over Japan’s past aggression.
By Amrita Jash - 02 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh
Politics,Economy,South Asia

“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh

On October 23, 2018, Saudi Arabia kicked off the “Future Investment Initiative” conference, showcasing the country’s progress and reforms. One of the high-profile guests at the conference was Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The 2018 Xiangshan Forum: Regional Issues and the North Korean Entrance
Politics,Security,China

The 2018 Xiangshan Forum: Regional Issues and the North Korean Entrance

The Xiangshan Forum, one of East Asia’s premier security forums, is being held in Beijing from October 24 to 26, 2018. What has attracted the attention of international observers is Pyongyang sending a delegation led by two heavyweights.
By Tai Wei Lim - 26 Oct 2018 | 12 comments Read more...
Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections
Politics,South Asia

Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections

The recent by-election results in Pakistan should serve as a wake-up call for the PTI government led by Imran Khan. While renegotiation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with China has helped in the long run, the economy is in the doldrums and patience is clearly wearing thin.
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