Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots
By Mark J. Valencia - 17 Nov 2017

Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea

In the joint statement of the US President and the Vietnamese President, the longest paragraph was the one that addressed the South China Sea issues. The joint statement with the Philippine President essentially repeated phrases from the US-Vietnam’s joint statement.
Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China
Politics,China

By Xiaolin Duan - 13 Nov 2017

Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China

How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Huong Le Thu - 10 Nov 2017

How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?

Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?

North Korea’s threats to use its missiles and nuclear weapons demands a solution. The narrative is that China holds the key. But China has done little. It can and should do much more. This account is partly true, partly exaggerated, and partly false.
Trump’s Asia Tour: North Korean Nuclear Threat at Top of Agenda
Politics

Trump’s Asia Tour: North Korean Nuclear Threat at Top of Agenda

US President Donald Trump has officially started his maiden visit to Asia. He will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines and will emphasize the need for the international community to work with the US on the North Korean nuclear standoff.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s Dismissal of Bannon: The US’ China Policy Factor
Politics

Trump’s Dismissal of Bannon: The US’ China Policy Factor

US President Donald Trump recently “dismissed” Steven Bannon from his job as White House Chief Strategist. Bannon espoused a strong nationalist point of view. Trump was a proponent of bargaining and negotiating. The two were at odds over the US’ China policy.
Russia Expands its Footprint in the Middle East
Politics,Economy

Russia Expands its Footprint in the Middle East

Cementing friendships, standing by its ally, forging military and economic deals with all sides, and reconciling differences; Russia is expanding its footprint in the Middle East and has emerged as a major strategic player. The Saudi monarch’s recent visit is a testimony.
Will Cambodia Become a Battlefield of a New Cold War?
Politics,Southeast Asia

Will Cambodia Become a Battlefield of a New Cold War?

Recently, the arrest of an opposition leader and the closure of an American-funded democracy institution sparked debate about the future direction of Cambodia’s foreign policy. Will Cambodia be caught in a new Cold War between China and the US?
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China’s Politics and Economy: Where To from Here?
Politics,Economy,China

China’s Politics and Economy: Where To from Here?

While President Xi has amassed great powers, he is also facing formidable challenges confronting China. He has to manage China’s maturing economy, upgrade quality of life for the middle class, and ensure sustainable growth with less detriments to the environment.
By Tai Wei Lim - 27 Oct 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Credibility of Far East Political Reporting
Politics

The Credibility of Far East Political Reporting

Reporting by the UK media on Hong Kong’s political developments has been shaped by a “good guys–bad guys” meta-narrative. This phenomenon stems from frustration with the pace of political reform; the exceptional rise of China; deep-seated reform impulses arising from within Western liberalism; and the special history of British Hong Kong.
Political Subjectivity in Cambodia
Politics,Southeast Asia

Political Subjectivity in Cambodia

Political subjectivation is the process during which an individual goes from being an object of politics to a political subject. The network of patronage that connects the political and economic elite of Cambodia with the masses offers examples of how political subjects may be formed.  
Why US Pressure Will Not Work on Pakistan
Politics,South Asia

Why US Pressure Will Not Work on Pakistan

Both New Delhi and Washington have recently launched scathing attacks on Pakistan for providing support to terrorist groups. It remains to be seen how the US deals with Pakistan. A number of analysts in India and the US are skeptical about Washington taking such steps.
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