South Korea-Japan Frictions: From Trade Conflict to Security Issues
Politics,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 19 Sep 2019

South Korea-Japan Frictions: From Trade Conflict to Security Issues

Whenever South Korea and Japan became closer, the bilateral relationship somehow always broke apart in the end when historical memories surfaced. The two countries co-hosted the football World Cup in 2002, perhaps the greatest upswing in their relationship.
Is “One Country, Two Systems” Doomed To Fail?
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 18 Sep 2019

Is “One Country, Two Systems” Doomed To Fail?

Whither Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent?
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 12 Sep 2019

Whither Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent?

The Hong Kong Demonstrations and Identity Crisis
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

The Hong Kong Demonstrations and Identity Crisis

Since July 2019, peaceful demonstrations in the city of Hong Kong has transformed into large-scale pro-independence clashes with the police. The Hong Kong people’s identity crisis has contributed to the demonstrations.
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Are China and Russia Challenging US Primacy in Asia?
Politics,Security,East Asia

Are China and Russia Challenging US Primacy in Asia?

On July 23, 2019, Russian warplanes intruded into South Korean airspace. They were accompanied by two Chinese bombers. The outstanding questions are whether the incidents represented a China-Russia challenge to US primacy, and whether an alliance is on the cards.
Discourse is Power: How HK Leaders Could Win Back Public Trust
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Discourse is Power: How HK Leaders Could Win Back Public Trust

The ability to mobilize several thousand misinformed youths to paralyze airport operations showed the mastery of the radicals to use modern media platforms to spread false or fake news to rally the crowd.
Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Too Many Unknowns and Incalculables
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Too Many Unknowns and Incalculables

Polls in Taiwan on the issue of independence and unification indicate that most residents support keeping the status quo. Does that mean supporting independence? It does if one believes Taiwan is already independent. Otherwise it doesn’t.
Hong Kong’s Time of Reckoning is Close
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong’s Time of Reckoning is Close

The general strike called by Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill netizens on August 5, 2019 wreaked havoc in the city. The general strike reflected both the strengths and weaknesses of the anti-extradition movement and offered some clues on how to resolve the impasse.
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.
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.
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.
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