Why is Pakistan Distancing Itself from the US?
Politics,South Asia
By Muhammad Daim Fazil - 28 Nov 2017

Why is Pakistan Distancing Itself from the US?

Pakistan hoped that allying with the US would strengthen its regional standing and position it comfortably against India. Pakistani expectations, however, have witnessed only partial success. The last few years have intensified the squeeze in bilateral engagements.
US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia

By John F. Copper - 27 Nov 2017

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

A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

By Amrita Jash - 24 Nov 2017

A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations

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...
Trump’s “Kill the Terrorists” Speech Shows Holes in US-Afghan Policy
Politics,South Asia

Trump’s “Kill the Terrorists” Speech Shows Holes in US-Afghan Policy

The US’ continuing occupation of Afghanistan has done little to resolve the War on Terror, nor does Trump’s “Rambo” rhetoric, which is met with much national and international criticism.
Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots

Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea

In the joint statement of the US President and the Vietnamese President, the longest paragraph was the one that addressed the South China Sea issues. The joint statement with the Philippine President essentially repeated phrases from the US-Vietnam’s joint statement.
Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China
Politics,China

Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China

As Beijing considers resolving the Taiwan issue via militarized means, Taiwanese opinion, both governmental and public, becomes more polarized among pro-independence, pro-unification, and other related parties.  
By Xiaolin Duan - 13 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?
Politics,Southeast Asia

How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?

US President Donald Trump’s attendance at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Da Nang, as well as a call in Hanoi, along with his appearance at the East Asia Summit in Manila, will show whether the US-Vietnam momentum will continue or slow down.
By Huong Le Thu - 10 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?

North Korea’s threats to use its missiles and nuclear weapons demands a solution. The narrative is that China holds the key. But China has done little. It can and should do much more. This account is partly true, partly exaggerated, and partly false.
Trump’s Asia Tour: North Korean Nuclear Threat at Top of Agenda
Politics

Trump’s Asia Tour: North Korean Nuclear Threat at Top of Agenda

US President Donald Trump has officially started his maiden visit to Asia. He will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines and will emphasize the need for the international community to work with the US on the North Korean nuclear standoff.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s Dismissal of Bannon: The US’ China Policy Factor
Politics

Trump’s Dismissal of Bannon: The US’ China Policy Factor

US President Donald Trump recently “dismissed” Steven Bannon from his job as White House Chief Strategist. Bannon espoused a strong nationalist point of view. Trump was a proponent of bargaining and negotiating. The two were at odds over the US’ China policy.
Russia Expands its Footprint in the Middle East
Politics,Economy

Russia Expands its Footprint in the Middle East

Cementing friendships, standing by its ally, forging military and economic deals with all sides, and reconciling differences; Russia is expanding its footprint in the Middle East and has emerged as a major strategic player. The Saudi monarch’s recent visit is a testimony.
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