Problems with the US Proposal for Interdiction of North Korean Ships
Security,East Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 11 Sep 2017

Problems with the US Proposal for Interdiction of North Korean Ships

On the heels of North Korea’s 3 September test, the US is seeking UN Security Council authorization to use military force to interdict, board, and inspect vessels on the high seas that are suspected of carrying UN-prohibited items to and from North Korea.    
The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: An Interview with Yongnian Zheng
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Yongnian Zheng - 08 Sep 2017

The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: An Interview with Yongnian Zheng

Taiwan’s Opposition Leader Faces Internal and External Challenges
Politics,East Asia

By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 08 Sep 2017

Taiwan’s Opposition Leader Faces Internal and External Challenges

The Role of Hong Kong in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area
Economy,East Asia

The Role of Hong Kong in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

Hong Kong serves as a template for China to develop capitalism with Chinese characteristics. Hong Kong has been a living economic laboratory for socialist China to observe and selectively apply capitalist market features that have led to the rise of the Chinese economy.
By Tai Wei Lim - 05 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Mine Tourism in East Asia
Economy,East Asia

Mine Tourism in East Asia

East Asian mining regions are cashing in on their mothballed or active mine for tourism. Some former mines are rich cultural heritage, others have manmade structures of interest for photographers or history buffs, while others feature rustic towns suitable for tourism.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea
Politics,China,East Asia

China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea

In early August 2017, Japan lodged a protest with China over its gas exploration in a disputed area of the East China Sea. Confirming the presence of a Chinese drillship close to Tokyo’s proposed median line, Japan accused China of conducting “unilateral development.”
By Amrita Jash - 29 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Not See the Trees for the Forest: The Fiscal Policy Debate in Hong Kong
Economy,East Asia

Not See the Trees for the Forest: The Fiscal Policy Debate in Hong Kong

Over the years, the Hong Kong government has accumulated a huge amount of reserves (roughly HKD 4000 billion). When such an amount of wealth is sitting around earning a modest rate of return, any economist would ask the question: is this the most efficient allocation of resources?
The Japanese White Paper on North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Japanese White Paper on North Korea

The recent Japanese Defense White Paper warns of threats from North Korea arising from Pyongyang’s continued missile tests. 20 rounds of tests meant that the Kim Jong Un regime fired more missiles than his father’s regime did (an estimated 16 missiles in total) in 18 years.
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Women’s Social Progress as Seen in the Japanese Mass Media
Society,East Asia

Women’s Social Progress as Seen in the Japanese Mass Media

Since his election in 2013, Prime Minister Abe has been promoting increased women’s entry into the workforce. Private consultancy studies such as the 2014 Goldman Sachs study pointed out that womenomics could “potentially boost Japan’s GDP by 13 percent.”
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The State of Coal Industry in Northeast Asia
Economy,East Asia

The State of Coal Industry in Northeast Asia

Power generation is the largest demand driver of coal use in Northeast Asia and many parts of the world. Japan is not alone in coal energy use and it is quite likely the regional coal industry will continue to persist for years to come.
By Tai Wei Lim - 10 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond

The India-Japan Nuclear Deal came into force on July 20, 2017. With the deal, Japan can export nuclear power plant technology to India and help India with nuclear waste management. They can also jointly manufacture nuclear power plant equipment.
American Tianxia: A Chinese Term for American Power
Politics,East Asia

American Tianxia: A Chinese Term for American Power

Contemporary East Asia seems to resemble much more an American tianxia than a Chinese one. And not just East Asia. America’s NATO allies are tightly integrated into US-centered security institutions, and the European Union is in effect controlled by NATO countries.
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