The Xi-Trump Summit and the Two Senses of “America First”
Politics,Security
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 10 Apr 2017

The Xi-Trump Summit and the Two Senses of “America First”

Trump’s “America First” rhetoric described his prioritizing of US interests above those of other countries. The new sense of “America First” that was underscored by Trump’s missile strikes returns to the older understanding of the US as first among equals amid the nations of the world.  
The North Korean Agenda in the Xi-Trump Summit
Politics,Security

By Tai Wei Lim - 07 Apr 2017

The North Korean Agenda in the Xi-Trump Summit

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy
Politics,South Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 30 Mar 2017

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy

China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong
Politics,Hotspots,China

China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong

Contrary to the dominant views that picture the China-Russia strategic partnership as shaky and unsustainable, the two countries have created strong institutional foundations, and only minor steps are necessary for a formal and functioning military alliance to materialize.
Trump’s Worldview: Some Preliminary Observations
Politics

Trump’s Worldview: Some Preliminary Observations

One might argue that US President Donald Trump lacks a worldview. In fact, as he was campaigning to become president, he developed a worldview. There were two choices for him: Preserve the liberal democratic globalism model, or shift to the realist, sovereign nation-state mode of maintaining world order.
Taiwan and the February 28 Incident: Piecing the Facts Together
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan and the February 28 Incident: Piecing the Facts Together

The flashpoint erupted on February 27, 1947 in Taipei, when a dispute developed between an unlicensed cigarette vendor and a Tobacco and Alcohol Monopoly Bureau officer. Violence flared the following morning on February 28 and resulted in a suppression by the government.  
Cambodia between China and Vietnam: A Balancing Act
Politics,Southeast Asia

Cambodia between China and Vietnam: A Balancing Act

Cambodia currently faces significant challenges amidst great power strategic competition for influence in the Asia-Pacific. Both China and Vietnam are crucial developmental partners for Cambodia. China needs Cambodian support over several key strategic areas like the issue of the South China Sea, while Vietnam also seeks Cambodian cooperation.
Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box
Politics,Security,South Asia

Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box

India needs to act fast and come up with innovative methods to deal with the US President. It is likely that during his visit to the US, the Indian PM will be accompanied by top business leaders from various industries including the IT and pharmaceutical sectors.
Trump’s Decision to Honor the One-China Policy: How Best to Explain It?
Politics,China,East Asia

Trump’s Decision to Honor the One-China Policy: How Best to Explain It?

It may be that Trump’s tête-à-tête with Xi was more important than simply the two leaders resolving the one-China issue. It included the two leaders inviting each other to visit their country. It seemed to represent détente following more than a month of hostile exchanges.
Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing
Politics,Society,East Asia

Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing

Why did Shinzo Abe not follow the footsteps of then-German Chancellor Willy Brandt who unexpectedly fell to his knees towards the victims of the April 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and remained there for more than a minute?
CPPCC 2017: Hot Topics at China’s Top Political Advisory Session
Politics,China

CPPCC 2017: Hot Topics at China’s Top Political Advisory Session

The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference offers a platform for sectors like non-government organizations, minority groups, and special administrative regions to raise their opinions. One aspect that will draw the most attention will be the development of the One Belt One Road initiative.
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Reconstruction of the Chinese Empire for China’s Peaceful Rise (II)
Politics,China

Reconstruction of the Chinese Empire for China’s Peaceful Rise (II)

Scholars have discovered that imperial China was neither uniquely benevolent nor uniquely violent. William A. Callahan criticizes the reconstruction as an “idealized version of a hierarchical Sinocentric world order with the Chinese empire at the core and loyal tributary states and barbarians at the periphery.”
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