Why Taiwan Won’t Become Independent
Politics,East Asia
By Xiaolin Duan - 18 Jan 2018

Why Taiwan Won’t Become Independent

Taiwan’s pro-independence activists undermine the importance of material factors and place an overemphasis on the fact that Taiwan is a democracy when they conclude that Taiwan deserves self-autonomous rights to determine its own fate and it will surely be welcomed by the world.
Top Two Targets of Western Liberal Media Bias: Trump and China
Politics,China

By John F. Copper - 16 Jan 2018

Top Two Targets of Western Liberal Media Bias: Trump and China

Decoding India’s UN Vote against the US Jerusalem Decision
Politics,South Asia

By Aditi Bhaduri - 11 Jan 2018

Decoding India’s UN Vote against the US Jerusalem Decision

India Looks to Russian Support for Security Concerns
Politics,South Asia

India Looks to Russian Support for Security Concerns

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh was in Moscow meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Singh’s visit was followed by that of Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Sochi.
Key Parts of US Navy Commander’s Handbook Are Dangerously Misleading
Politics,Security

Key Parts of US Navy Commander’s Handbook Are Dangerously Misleading

The latest edition of the US Navy Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations is out. It is the first such revision in a decade — but it continues to convey to US Navy commanders controversial and unilateral interpretations of the international law of the sea.
Sino-US Relationship from Obama to Trump
Politics,China

Sino-US Relationship from Obama to Trump

Advocates of power transition theory forecast a systemic dilemma that China and the United States will be unlikely to coexist peacefully in the foreseeable future. This raises the question: is the China-US relationship in the darkness before dawn, or is a heavy storm yet to arrive?
By Xiaolin Duan - 19 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View
Politics,Hotspots

US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View

The majority of Chinese state media appears to consider the current US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem as unfortunate and untimely. The stronger op-eds in the Chinese state media conceptualize the decision as an avenue that may incur retaliation against the US.
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Hong Kong, the Chinese National Anthem and the Basic Law
Politics,China

Hong Kong, the Chinese National Anthem and the Basic Law

The history of the creation and use of the Chinese National Anthem is remarkable. Those who choose to direct scorn at the National Anthem when it is played at certain events in Hong Kong likely have a limited understanding, at best, of its intriguing history.
Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations
Politics,Southeast Asia

Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations

Chinese-Filipino relations has reached a new warmth, as China funds Filipino infrastructure-building and its war on drugs while Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte downplays China’s activities on the South China Sea.
Political Leadership in East Asia
Politics,East Asia

Political Leadership in East Asia

Political succession in East Asia may be an outcome of factional compromises, such as the habatsu factional politics in Japan; or the pre-eminence of one leader, such as the “core leadership” in China; or the anti-nepotism, anti-corruption, and anti-cronyism of South Korea.
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Nepal’s Puzzling New Poltical Equation
Politics,South Asia

Nepal’s Puzzling New Poltical Equation

The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified, Marxist and Leninist, the Nepal Communist Party-Maoist, and the Naya Shakti Party, formed an alliance for an upcoming election. However, the Naya Shakti party exited shortly after and aligned instead with the Nepali Congress party.
By Rishi Gupta - 04 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Why is Pakistan Distancing Itself from the US?
Politics,South Asia

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.
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