Why Taiwan Won’t Become Independent
Politics,East Asia
By Xiaolin Duan - 18 Jan 2018

Why Taiwan Won’t Become Independent

Taiwan’s pro-independence activists undermine the importance of material factors and place an overemphasis on the fact that Taiwan is a democracy when they conclude that Taiwan deserves self-autonomous rights to determine its own fate and it will surely be welcomed by the world.
Abe’s New Year Address Prioritizes Economic Revival
Economy,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 15 Jan 2018

Abe’s New Year Address Prioritizes Economic Revival

Understanding the US-China Impasse on North Korea
Hotspots,East Asia

By John F. Copper - 05 Jan 2018

Understanding the US-China Impasse on North Korea

Political Leadership in East Asia
Politics,East Asia

Political Leadership in East Asia

Political succession in East Asia may be an outcome of factional compromises, such as the habatsu factional politics in Japan; or the pre-eminence of one leader, such as the “core leadership” in China; or the anti-nepotism, anti-corruption, and anti-cronyism of South Korea.
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Strongman Politics in East Asia
East Asia

Strongman Politics in East Asia

The strongman leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping has drawn partners to his style of leadership. Partners include other strongmen in the world like President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and President Donald Trump of the US.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia

US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip

US President Donald Trump embarked on his first official trip to Asia in November 2017. The American mainstream or liberal media, almost in unison, put a negative spin on his trip. The Asian media’s account was largely positive and laudatory of the US president.
Cross-Strait Relations: Chinese Perspectives after the 19th Party Congress
Politics,East Asia

Cross-Strait Relations: Chinese Perspectives after the 19th Party Congress

Chinese scholars argue that President Xi’s position on Taiwan appears unchanged, i.e., peaceful reunification based on “One Country, Two Systems” and the eight points drawn up by Jiang Zemin, and relying on the aspirations of Taiwanese to advocate for reunification.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
US, China, India and Japan: Maritime Powers in the Indian and Pacific Oceans
Security,East Asia,South Asia

US, China, India and Japan: Maritime Powers in the Indian and Pacific Oceans

There are four maritime powers in the Indian Ocean Basin and the Pacific Ocean: the US, China, India and Japan. All four have powerful blue water navies and have contributed to peace and security in the region.
By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Bullet Train Project Underscores Warm India-Japan Ties
Economy,East Asia,South Asia

Bullet Train Project Underscores Warm India-Japan Ties

During Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s recent India visit, all eyes were on the inauguration ceremony of the ambitious Ahmedabad–Mumbai bullet train project, valued at USD 17 billion. A number of other agreements were also signed during the Indo-Japan Annual Summit.
Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election
Politics,East Asia

Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election

Boosted by an upturn in his popularity ratings, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe may be aiming for an election in October 2017. Another factor is that the political opposition is in some form of reorganization following the resignation of the Democratic Party leader.
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Co-Existence of China, US, Japan and India in the Asian Regional Order
Politics,East Asia

The Co-Existence of China, US, Japan and India in the Asian Regional Order

China, Japan, and India have plenty of geopolitical and economic space to grow and work together. All of them have strong ties or regular working relationships with the US, which is the only major power in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the only global superpower.
By Tai Wei Lim - 20 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The North Korean Crisis: Lessons from the Past
Hotspots,East Asia

The North Korean Crisis: Lessons from the Past

When analyzing the North Korean crisis, there might be a few things omitted by scholars, strategists and politicians, such as: the lessons of history — the similarity between French-German and North-South Korean borders, and the Schlieffen Plan, i.e., the German war plan for the war against France, and others.
By Mirko Tasic - 15 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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