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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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2018/06/20 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: China Leverages a Lexicon of Terror to Crush Dissent in Xinjiang

Since 9/11, Beijing has used trumped up threats of terrorism to justify the development of a high-tech security state in Xinjiang

2020/03/26 | East Asia Forum

China's Economic Growth Inextricable From the Rest of the World

Restoring China’s productive capacity in the coming weeks would require an unlikely revival of U.S. demand.

2019/10/31 | East Asia Forum

Taiwan's 2020 Election Is Not Just a Battle Between Presidential Candidates

Taiwan's 2020 election isn't just about the presidents — it's about the the local elections too.

2018/08/16 | East Asia Forum

Why US-North Korea Peace Negotiations Have Hit a Diplomatic Wall

Diplomatic momentum has hit a standstill as the two sides cannot decide on the implementation of the four articles of the Singapore declaration.

2021/04/14 | East Asia Forum

No Plan B for Singapore’s Leadership Succession

After Heng Swee Keat’s departure, there is no clear successor to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. It exposes serious internal challenges for the ruling party.

2018/05/29 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: America Is Playing Defense vs China on Tech Innovation

The US must invest more in research and development to retain its technological edge.

2018/08/08 | East Asia Forum

ANALYSIS: How to Unlock the Potential of Indonesia's Women-Led SMEs

Policymakers in Indonesia should do more to facilitate the growth of women-led small and medium enterprises, which contributed 10% of Indonesia's 2014 GDP.

2020/09/23 | East Asia Forum

Covid-19 Exposes Gaps in South Korea’s Social Security System

Covid-19 has exposed a weak point in the South Korean social security system. One option on the table is a universal basic income.

2018/06/15 | East Asia Forum

Malaysia Takes Stock of Government-linked 'Monster' Companies

Malaysia is to first assess the role GLCs should play before undertaking reform.

2018/07/02 | East Asia Forum

The World Is Waking Up to Beijing's South China Sea Ambitions

Governments from London to Kuala Lumpur are no longer content to allow China to operate uncontested in the South China Sea.

2018/07/06 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Joint Fisheries Management Can Calm South China Sea Tensions

A regional fisheries management organization could provide the means to both protect fish stocks and promote dialogue over conflict.

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.

2020/12/02 | East Asia Forum

Why RCEP Is a Big Deal

The RCEP trade deal, signed on November 15, shows deep commitments to trade liberalization and regional economic integration, but challenges to implement it lie ahead.

2021/02/18 | East Asia Forum

Political Repression and Authoritarian Legalism in Hong Kong

Defenders of Hong Kong’s legal system will insist that judicial independence is a prerequisite for the region’s continued wellbeing, but Beijing may reason that modern China has done well enough with its captive courts.

2018/06/27 | East Asia Forum

CHINA: Communist Party Battles to Have Last Laugh on Web Censorship

Communist Party moves to shut down a satirical app are squeezing Chinese people's right to laugh.

2020/10/30 | East Asia Forum

Myanmar’s Elections Are Not a Level Playing Field

The second multiparty election in Myanmar, slated for November 8, may simply be a proof that democracy is going backwards in the Southeast Asian nation.

2018/03/29 | East Asia Forum

Decades of Rohingya Tensions Still Strain the Myanmar-Bangladesh Relationship

The Rohingya crisis isn't a recent phenomenon, but new kinds of international pressure will be needed to resolve it.