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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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2019/12/25 | East Asia Forum

2019 Marked a Year of Economic Shift for Taiwan

2019 could be the beginning of the end of the economic integration between Taiwan and China that has persisted for the past 25 years.

2018/12/20 | East Asia Forum

JAPAN: Okinawa Referendum Set to Decide Future of US Military Presence

Voters will decide whether US troops should be relocated amid increasing opposition to their presence on the island.

2019/09/24 | East Asia Forum

How China Manipulates Geopolitics With Tourism Control

China is holding its outward tourism hostage to pressure other countries to succumb to its influence and policies. Is there a way to retaliate China's "tourism kidnapping"?

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.

2019/09/04 | East Asia Forum

China's Labor Reforms Dwindle After Government Crackdown

Space for Chinese workers to organize labor rights movement has been narrowed to its slimmest in the last decade.

2018/12/13 | East Asia Forum

Meet Singapore's Next Leader, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat

The re-emergence of Heng Swee Keat as successor to Lee Hsien Loong as Singapore's leader could be viewed as a stopgap to the rise of Lee's son, Li Hongyi.

2020/03/09 | East Asia Forum

Philippines Bans Deployment of Filipino Workers to Kuwait Due to Mistreatment

The Philippine government restricted the amount of overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait after a series of infractions against the bilateral labor agreement.

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.

2019/10/30 | 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?

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.

2021/02/05 | East Asia Forum

Protecting the Taiwan Strait in the 21st Century

Whether the U.S. should maintain strategic ambiguity or embrace strategic clarity on Taiwan is an important but distinct question. Neither policy stands a chance of long-term success without sustained U.S. military capabilities in the Asia Pacific.

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.

2018/12/26 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Why 2018 Was a Good Year for Taiwan's Democracy

'Despite increasing diplomatic pressure from the CCP, long-term trends remain in favor of Taiwan maintaining its de facto independence.'

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.

2021/03/31 | East Asia Forum

Tibetans in Exile Facing New Challenges

Tibetans in exile will elect the new president in April. The leader will need fresh thinking and expertise to navigate the challenges ahead.

2020/11/06 | East Asia Forum

Chinese-Style Censorship Is No Fix for the Covid-19 Infodemic

China’s control has turned its internet environment into a hotbed of distorted information and ultra-nationalistic narratives.

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.