Communication Is More Than Listening: Lessons from the HK Extradition Fiasco
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia
By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 25 Jul 2019

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

By Somanith Samath Chan - 23 Jul 2019

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

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

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 19 Jul 2019

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

Time for a Reality Check on BRI-related Projects
Politics,Economy,China

Time for a Reality Check on BRI-related Projects

In the first six months of 2019, China moved on a number of fronts in the Belt and Road Initiative. Many of these projects aimed to create a win-win situation with the recipients of the funds. However, there were some issues that highlighted challenges of the BRI.
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Jul 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Sri Lanka and Japan Gearing Towards a New Era of Relations
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

Sri Lanka and Japan Gearing Towards a New Era of Relations

The visit by a senior Japanese official to Colombo, Sir Lanka marks the gradual expansion of new security cooperation in the increasingly important Indian Ocean region. This engagement is expected to gain greater momentum this year.
Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Why Is Tsai Ing-wen’s Popularity Rising?
Politics,East Asia

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.
By Dongtao Qi - 12 Jul 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Confusion and Uncertainty Cloud US-China Trade Truce
Politics,Economy,China

Confusion and Uncertainty Cloud US-China Trade Truce

US President Donald Trump called a truce to the US-China trade and technology war at the G-20 summit. He said that the US would not impose new tariffs on about USD 300 billion worth of Chinese imports and would allow American firms to sell products and services to Huawei.
Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: What Would Tsai Do to Win It?
Politics,East Asia

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

A shooting incident dramatically affected the presidential election outcome in 2004, enabling Chen Shui-bian to be re-elected by a slim margin. The DPP believed that it had to do with the attempted assassination on Chen, while the KMT argued that Chen staged everything.
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.
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