Taiwan Suffers Further Diplomatic Isolation
Politics,East Asia
By John F. Copper - 01 Jun 2018

Taiwan Suffers Further Diplomatic Isolation

On May 24, 2018, the African country of Burkina Faso announced that it was breaking diplomatic relations with Taiwan. It was the second such setback for Taipei in one month. The Dominican Republic made the same move just over three weeks earlier.
Growing Public Dissatisfaction with Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen
Politics,East Asia

By Xiaolin Duan - 28 May 2018

Growing Public Dissatisfaction with Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen

The Evolving Dynamics of Religious Extremism in Xinjiang
Politics,Society,China

By Yu Fu - 25 May 2018

The Evolving Dynamics of Religious Extremism in Xinjiang

Between the Barbs: Afghanistan in the US-Iran Tussle
Politics,South Asia

Between the Barbs: Afghanistan in the US-Iran Tussle

Caught in a quarrel that has nothing to do with it per se, Afghanistan has been a theatre where Iran and the US have exhibited their mutual suspicions towards each other.
Mahathir’s Re-Election: People’s Rage is Main Factor
Politics,Southeast Asia

Mahathir’s Re-Election: People’s Rage is Main Factor

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s election victory should be understood as being less about Mahathir and more about the Malaysian electorate’s anger with former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his government.
Will Mahathir Put a Brake on Chinese Mega Projects in Malaysia?
Politics,Southeast Asia

Will Mahathir Put a Brake on Chinese Mega Projects in Malaysia?

Hours after the Mahathir-led opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan clinched a surprising victory at the Malaysian 14th General Election, Mahathir told reporters that his new government “may renegotiate” some deals with China.
The 2018 Malaysian Elections: After the Shock, What’s Next?
Politics,Southeast Asia

The 2018 Malaysian Elections: After the Shock, What’s Next?

Malaysia’s 92-year old Dr Mahathir Mohamad is voted back into power. He is likely to reach out to other opposition figures as well as anti-Najib factions within the former ruling party, as he pursues justice for the scandals plaguing Malaysian politics.
By Tai Wei Lim - 14 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Mahathir: The Strongman Returns
Politics,Southeast Asia

Mahathir: The Strongman Returns

On the morning of May 10, 2018, Malaysians woke up to the return of their long-time political strongman Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir had a decisive victory and it seemed voters in rural as well as urban areas were in favor of bringing him back.
By Tai Wei Lim - 10 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

ASEAN needs to make substantive adjustments to meet new challenges and adapt to new situations. They need to discuss and communicate with Beijing and come up with a role for ASEAN that plays to its strengths in the process.
By Hong Zhao - 09 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
ASEAN Summit Discusses Smart Cities Network and Trade Tensions
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

ASEAN Summit Discusses Smart Cities Network and Trade Tensions

The 32nd ASEAN Summit was held in Singapore from April 25-28, 2018. Top of the agenda was ASEAN’s call to form a grid of smart cities by connecting Southeast Asia’s top tiered cities. ASEAN was also concerned about the trade tensions between the US and China.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The New US Perception of China
Politics,China

The New US Perception of China

The American perception of China has gone through an intriguing transition over the last century. Once, compassion was dominant. Today, increasing hostility is prominent with rumbles of a serious trade war in the air.
East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism
Politics,Economy,East Asia

East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism

Major players in global trade will consider possible countermeasures and strategies to moderate the medium- and long-terms impacts of Donald Trump’s trade protectionism. Amid the trade war, China, Japan, and South Korea are reviving the delayed agenda of East Asia integration.
By Xiaolin Duan - 24 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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