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East Asia Forum is a platform for analysis and research on politics, economics, business, law, security, international relations and society relevant to public policy, centred on the Asia Pacific region. It consists of an online publication and a quarterly magazine, East Asia Forum Quarterly, which aim to provide clear and original analysis from the leading minds in the region and beyond.

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2020/12/31 | East Asia Forum

The Year of Unexpected Successes in Taiwan

While the world waits to see how the Biden administration’s foreign policy team will approach China and Taiwan, President Tsai at least will be in a position to roll into 2021 confident in Taiwan’s firm global standing.

2019/12/06 | East Asia Forum

Vietnam Confronts China’s Maritime Interference

Vietnam has publicly condemned China’s increasingly aggressive maritime intrusion on several occasions while its ASEAN partners are pursuing quiet diplomacy.

2019/12/03 | East Asia Forum

Xinjiang Casts Uncertainty Over the Belt and Road Initiative

Xinjiang is at the heart of China's Belt and Road Initiative, but instability in the region could cause stagnation to China's itinerary.

2019/11/18 | East Asia Forum

Hong Kong Unlikely to Regain Confidence in Its Economic Outlook

Hong Kong's economy has been slipping even before the protests, and with the failing "one country, two systems," the city's future as an international hub is looking even grimmer.

2019/01/09 | East Asia Forum

How the Meng Wanzhou Case Imperils the US Commitment to 'Rule of Law'

As US-China trade negotiations continue in Beijing, it's hard not to feel like Meng is being leveraged as a 'bargaining chip' – after all, Donald Trump has admitted as much.

2021/04/19 | East Asia Forum

Japan’s Response to the Coup in Myanmar

Japan’s approach to the coup in Myanmar is in some ways a middle road between the “distant” Western states that prioritize human rights and democracy and the “local” Asian states that prioritize stability and development.

2018/11/24 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: China Draws Red Line Around Hong Kong

Hong Kong is increasingly being cut off from foreign assistance as the 'one country, two systems' framework falls apart.

2019/10/30 | East Asia Forum

Banning Huawei Is Not the Best Solution for Global Cybersecurity

Some countries have banned Huawei due to its cyber intrusion risk, but is it the only way to protect personal data and critical information infrastructure?

2021/10/01 | East Asia Forum

Myanmar’s Military Junta Has Long-Term Power Plans

The Myanmar military has extended its emergency rule until 2023. What does it plan to do in the next two years?

2018/09/23 | East Asia Forum

ANALYSIS: Among Filipinos, Duterte's China Policy Is Still a Dud

Over 80 percent of Filipinos reject the administration's policy to allow a Chinese presence in the West Philippine Sea.

2021/07/07 | East Asia Forum

Taiwan’s China Dependency Is a Double-Edged Sword

As a major hub in global supply chains, Taiwan’s trade relationship with China depends on U.S. policy towards China and supply chain reform.

2022/03/02 | East Asia Forum

Why Xi Jinping Is Still Willing To Wear the Costs of Zero-Covid

Surging cases, faltering health infrastructure, and a wave of self-isolation in China could produce more acute labor shortages and supply chain disruptions than zero-Covid.

2021/05/18 | East Asia Forum

Asia Pacific Travel Bubbles and the Covid-19 ‘Diseasescape’

New arrangements like travel bubbles have re-arranged the globe into spheres of mobility.

2020/11/10 | East Asia Forum

Refugees Left Stranded by Southeast Asia Amid Covid-19

As governments impose strict border controls to contain the spread of Covid-19, asylum seekers and refugees are stranded at sea.

2018/09/09 | East Asia Forum

Can Imran Khan Swing Pakistan to a New Beginning?

Pakistan's new prime minister has his work cut out to convince foreign policy partners that he is more than just a new PR man for the military.

2020/11/17 | East Asia Forum

The Shifting US Position Over the Senkaku Islands

With U.S. commitment to help defend the Senkaku Islands, the question Japan now faces is whether it will be drawn deeper into the increasingly hostile U.S. policies toward China, a country that happens to be Japan’s largest trading partner.

2022/04/21 | East Asia Forum

Indonesia Is a Fence Sitter on the Russia–Ukraine Crisis

While Indonesia’s government avoided taking a stand on the war, public opinion tilted in favor of Russia.