Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Why Is Tsai Ing-wen’s Popularity Rising?
Politics,East Asia
By Dongtao Qi - 12 Jul 2019

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Why Is Tsai Ing-wen’s Popularity Rising?

After the 2018 local elections, popular support for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was consistently the lowest among the presidential candidates. Recently, however, many polls have shown a surprising turn: Tsai’s popularity has significantly risen to the leading position.
Confusion and Uncertainty Cloud US-China Trade Truce
Politics,Economy,China

By Anita Inder Singh - 11 Jul 2019

Confusion and Uncertainty Cloud US-China Trade Truce

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: What Would Tsai Do to Win It?
Politics,East Asia

By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 10 Jul 2019

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: What Would Tsai Do to Win It?

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Is the DPP’s Primary Fair?
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Is the DPP’s Primary Fair?

On June 13, 2019, Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party announced the results of its just held primary “election”. President Tsai Ing-wen won, ahead of former premier Lai Ching-te. Some said the primary was rigged for Tsai. Others argued that it was fair.
The Hormuz Strait Initiative: Legal Obstacles to Participation
Politics,Security,Hotspots

The Hormuz Strait Initiative: Legal Obstacles to Participation

The US is proposing a “coalition of the willing” to protect “freedom of navigation” in the Strait of Hormuz. This cooperative protection might take the form of maritime and air surveillance, a “picket line of ships” or military escorts for tankers.
The Peace Conundrum in Afghanistan
Politics,South Asia

The Peace Conundrum in Afghanistan

With the government sitting in Kabul having crossed its technical expiry date, an emboldened Taliban wanting to call the shots and the political opposition concerting for peace elsewhere, peace in itself has become a matter of conflict in this war-fatigued nation.
Pakistan’s Economic Woes: Opposition Parties Cashing In?
Politics,Economy,South Asia

Pakistan’s Economic Woes: Opposition Parties Cashing In?

Pakistan’s Economic Survey released in June 2019 strongly underscored the point that the country’s economy is in doldrums. Growth is estimated at 3.3 percent (GDP to fall below 4 percent for the first time), down from well over 5 percent last year.
Accountability of Hong Kong Leaders Is at Stake
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Accountability of Hong Kong Leaders Is at Stake

The Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam stressed that the proposed amendment to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance stemmed primarily from a murder, and was not a mandate from the central government.
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Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?

Economic coercion is a major instrument of Trump’s policy towards Iran. Economic force explains why Trump imposed new unilateral sanctions against Iran to stem the alleged militarization of its nuclear program.
Why the Middle East Does Not Want a War
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Why the Middle East Does Not Want a War

Between all the warnings and threats, none of America’s Middle East allies would want a war, even as they would like to see Iran weakened. Trump also wants to avoid war, embarking on the path of even harsher sanctions and building up a coalition to guard the Strait of Hormuz.
UK-China Relations: Will Economics Trump Security Concerns?
Politics,Economy,China

UK-China Relations: Will Economics Trump Security Concerns?

The UK may not be China’s first priority in terms of economic engagement, it has however become important as a consequence of China’s ties souring with not just the US but also with Australia.
Technology is the Currency of Power in Trump’s Trade War
Politics,Economy,China

Technology is the Currency of Power in Trump’s Trade War

The punitive American tariffs aim more at checking Beijing’s technological ambitions and less at reducing the US trade deficit. Washington’s long-term fear is that China seeks to dislodge the US from its global primacy.
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