Withdrawing from the ICC: What Now for the Philippines?
Politics,Southeast Asia
By Andrea Chloe Wong - 11 Apr 2018

Withdrawing from the ICC: What Now for the Philippines?

On March 16, 2018, the Philippines began the process of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The decision ultimately discredits the Philippines’ democratic credentials that are supposedly grounded on the ideals of human rights.
Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Jaewoo Choo - 03 Apr 2018

Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”

Strongman Politics in East Asia
East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Nov 2017

Strongman Politics in East Asia

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.
China’s Politics and Economy: Where To from Here?
Politics,Economy,China

China’s Politics and Economy: Where To from Here?

While President Xi has amassed great powers, he is also facing formidable challenges confronting China. He has to manage China’s maturing economy, upgrade quality of life for the middle class, and ensure sustainable growth with less detriments to the environment.
By Tai Wei Lim - 27 Oct 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal
Politics,China

China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal

In the lead up to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, there have been many predictions about who’s in and who’s out of the Politburo Standing Committee, fueled by observers’ fascination about political struggles, cliques, successor regime, etc.
Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election
Politics,East Asia

Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election

Boosted by an upturn in his popularity ratings, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe may be aiming for an election in October 2017. Another factor is that the political opposition is in some form of reorganization following the resignation of the Democratic Party leader.
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s South Asia Policy May Lead to India’s Regional Isolation
Politics,South Asia

Trump’s South Asia Policy May Lead to India’s Regional Isolation

In Trump’s new South Asia policy, India has been asked to do more, while on the other hand, Pakistan has been rebuked for aiding and abetting terrorists by providing safe havens in its territory. Against this backdrop, it is anticipated that these will lead to India’s regional isolation.
By Bawa Singh - 14 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Duterte’s ASEAN Policy
Politics,Southeast Asia

Duterte’s ASEAN Policy

The possible rationales for Manila’s diplomatic course of action may be defined according to Duterte’s “independent foreign policy,” which remarkably, coincides with the Philippines’ 2017 ASEAN Chairmanship.
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