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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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2019/11/12 | East Asia Forum

How Will Foreign Workers Reshape Japanese Politics?

Japan's new law that allows for the entry of non-skilled foreign workers will help with the aging local economy, but it has also become a heated debate for the Japanese politicians.

2021/01/19 | East Asia Forum

Rethinking Japan’s Refugee and Asylum Policy

Japan is unlikely to expand its refugee intake in the near future despite international criticism.

2018/11/20 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: US-China Hostilities Risk Leaving US Economy Cold

A new Cold War was not inevitable but now that it's here the US would do well to focus on fostering its technological prowess.

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.

2018/12/11 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Here's How Taiwan Should Tweak the New Southbound Policy

Taiwan's New Southbound Policy is bearing fruit, but could benefit from concrete proposals that map with partner countries' own development agendas.

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.

2018/08/27 | East Asia Forum

The Challenges of Delivering a New Deal for Malaysia

A motley ruling coalition faces tough challenges in executing systemic reform.

2020/12/23 | East Asia Forum

How China’s State Serves the Party

Despite the vast and ongoing challenges through 2020 because of Covid-19, the Chinese Communist Party has never looked more dominant.

2019/10/17 | East Asia Forum

Why Would Pakistan Rely on China Over Other Allies?

Pakistan often turns to the wealthy Arab states, China, or the United States for economic and diplomatic support — but why does China remain the most important ally for Pakistan?

2021/09/27 | East Asia Forum

Taiwan’s Covid-19 Vaccine Struggles

Two lessons emerge from Taiwan’s experience with Covid-19 — even the best measures get eroded over time by complacency and fatigue, and it is nearly impossible to be safe from the virus without adequate vaccine deployment.

2018/09/14 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Life for China's Migrant Workers Remains a Raw Deal

Poor living conditions, social isolation, unstable employment and lower wages are just a handful of the disadvantages faced by China's migrant workers.

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.

2021/01/08 | East Asia Forum

Singapore’s 2020 Risk Management Strategy

Singapore has kept the pandemic under control and its economy has survived in much better shape than expected. The success is based on the Singaporean government’s aversion to risks.

2020/12/10 | East Asia Forum

North Korea Faces One of Its Toughest Winters

North Koreans are in for a tough winter, with the Covid-19 pandemic, severe food shortages, and the lack of heating options.

2021/03/12 | East Asia Forum

Will Myanmar’s Coup Help China Influence ASEAN?

China is adapting to the situation in Myanmar by making good with the military government, but ASEAN’s quiet diplomacy is likely to prevent a surge in Chinese regional influence.