India-US Relations: Natural Partners, With Conditions Applied
Politics,Economy,South Asia
By Paras Ratna - 08 Aug 2019

India-US Relations: Natural Partners, With Conditions Applied

Into its second term with a resounding majority, the domestically upbeat government at the center in India is experiencing international turbulence, generated by a cause not unknown, a moody United States of America.
Hong Kong’s Time of Reckoning is Close
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 07 Aug 2019

Hong Kong’s Time of Reckoning is Close

Why Do Countries Sign Up with China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
Politics,Economy,China

By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Aug 2019

Why Do Countries Sign Up with China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

US-Cambodia Ties at New Low After Chinese Naval Outpost Report
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

US-Cambodia Ties at New Low After Chinese Naval Outpost Report

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed US officials, reported that Cambodia had signed a secret pact with China to allow the latter exclusive rights to part of the Kingdom’s Ream Naval Base on the Gulf of Thailand.
The Two Sides of the Taiwan Strait: A Contrarian View
Politics,East Asia

The Two Sides of the Taiwan Strait: A Contrarian View

There are some thorny issues facing the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, namely the sales of weapon systems by the US, the calls for independence by DPP hardliners, the tendency of Beijing to “contain” Taiwan, and the need to exercise wisdom in running Hong Kong.
Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: What Could be the PLA’s Possible Strategies?
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: What Could be the PLA’s Possible Strategies?

China released a white paper titled China’s National Defense in the New Era and named Taiwan separatists and their activities as the “gravest immediate threat” to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the “biggest barrier” to the peaceful reunification of the country.
Cambodia’s Ties with China: What are the Challenges?
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s Ties with China: What are the Challenges?

In the last decade or so, Cambodia has moved much closer to China in almost every aspect, leading some to view Cambodia-China relations as a client-patron relationship. This relationship is widely seen as based on convergent interests and a basic “quid pro quo”.
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Japan-South Korea Feud: Economic and Geo-political Ramifications
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Japan-South Korea Feud: Economic and Geo-political Ramifications

Recently, Japan imposed protectionist measures as a retaliation against South Korean court rulings. Japan’s new trade protectionism measures seemed to threaten South Korea’s chip making industry and this had evoked strong reactions.
Protecting Shipping in the Hormuz Strait Will Be Politically Difficult
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Protecting Shipping in the Hormuz Strait Will Be Politically Difficult

The US is proposing Operation Sentinel to promote maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and de-escalate tensions in international waters throughout the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Oman.
Communication Is More Than Listening: Lessons from the HK Extradition Fiasco
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Communication Is More Than Listening: Lessons from the HK Extradition Fiasco

A proposed extradition law that is supposed to address the legal loopholes allowing fugitives to hide in Hong Kong boomeranged and triggered the worst political crisis in the city since the 1997 handover.
What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?

Being caught at the crossroad of great powers’ competition for sphere of influences, ASEAN has become a center of geo-political and geo-economic gravity of battleground. What is ASEAN’s outlook in the rising volatility and dynamism of the Indo-Pacific region?
Governance or Ideology: Will the 2020 Elections Redefine Taiwan Politics?
Politics,East Asia

Governance or Ideology: Will the 2020 Elections Redefine Taiwan Politics?

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu won decisively in the Taiwan Kuomintang presidential primary, with a strong possibility of claiming the presidency for KMT in the 2020 elections. His win may also be redefining Taiwan politics.
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