North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus
Security,Hotspots,East Asia
By Dingli Shen - 14 Sep 2016

North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus

North Korea knows that the world is unfair, as all the five permanent members on the United Nations Security Council have nuclear weapons, while the rest of the world cannot. Or wait a minute, a few others can also have nuclear weapons. So why can’t North Korea have nukes?
Hong Kong’s 2016 LegCo Election: A Tectonic Shift in HK Politics?
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Hak Yin Li - 06 Sep 2016

Hong Kong’s 2016 LegCo Election: A Tectonic Shift in HK Politics?

Tsai’s 100th Day in Office: Cross-Strait Relations at Risk
Politics,East Asia

By Xiaolin Duan - 01 Sep 2016

Tsai’s 100th Day in Office: Cross-Strait Relations at Risk

Pokémon Go and Cultural “Soft Power”
Society,Cyberspace,East Asia

Pokémon Go and Cultural “Soft Power”

The phenomenon of Pokémon Go was built on the foundations of the real-world physical Pokémon products of the 1990s and early 2000s which was a runaway hit with kids and its influence shaped an entire generation of American children through primetime TV.
By Tai Wei Lim - 31 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
No “Helicopter Money,” Abenomics Turns to Fiscal Stimulus
Economy,East Asia

No “Helicopter Money,” Abenomics Turns to Fiscal Stimulus

In July 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a JPY 28 trillion stimulus package, which includes spending on infrastructure, reconstruction of disaster zones, wage increases for child and elder care workers, and direct cash payments to low-income households.
By Yuqing Xing - 30 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: Divisions in the Political Landscape
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: Divisions in the Political Landscape

Hong Kong will hold its sixth Legislative Council Election on September 4. The behavior of some democrats, confrontations between the Executive Branch and the LegCo, the Umbrella Movement, violent mass demonstrations, and localism have contributed to increased divisions in Hong Kong politics.
By Hak Yin Li - 23 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Diplomatic Recognition of Taiwan
China,East Asia

The Diplomatic Recognition of Taiwan

Currently, 22 and 172 countries recognize Taipei and Beijing, respectively. Since Tsai Ing-wen assumed the presidency in Taiwan, many have wondered what would happen to Taiwan’s relations with its diplomatic allies.
By Shaohua Hu - 17 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations

South Korea is feeling the heat, not only from the heat waves of summer but also from the heated debates surrounding President Park Geun-hye’s July 8 announcement of the decision to deploy THAAD. The nation has been polarized between those saying “nay” and “aye.”
By Jaewoo Choo - 11 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Strong Headwinds
Politics,Society,East Asia

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Strong Headwinds

To some observers, Tsai and her party were challenged by problems of such a scope and magnitude that the future did not look good. In other words, the headwinds seem almost insurmountable.
Prospects for Taiwan’s New Southeast Asia Policy
Politics,East Asia

Prospects for Taiwan’s New Southeast Asia Policy

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen planned to seek closer economic relations with the countries of Southeast Asia, so as to reduce Taiwan’s dependence on trade and other commercial relations with China. However, questions soon arose concerning how promising Tsai’s plan might be.
Developments in Hong Kong: Zhang Dejiang’s Visit and Lam Wing-kee’s Revelation
Politics,China,East Asia

Developments in Hong Kong: Zhang Dejiang’s Visit and Lam Wing-kee’s Revelation

Zhang Dejiang, a ranking politburo member of the Chinese Communist Party, visited Hong Kong in May 2016. The highlight of his trip turned out to be gatherings with selected pro-democracy politicians from the island who espouse a more moderate position.
By Tai Wei Lim - 04 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Peace Offerings by Beijing and Washington Won't Work for the Korean Peninsula
Security,East Asia

Peace Offerings by Beijing and Washington Won't Work for the Korean Peninsula

A significant cut in oil supplies to North Korea will not invite its collapse unlike what conventional views hold. Instead it will coerce the regime to come out of isolation and give up nuclear weapons in order to keep the regime alive.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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