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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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2020/12/18 | East Asia Forum

ASEAN in the Driver’s Seat in the South China Sea

After decade-long disputes, what can we expect to see in South China Sea in the upcoming year?

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.

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.

2020/11/23 | East Asia Forum

Can Suga Lead on Japanese Foreign Policy?

Suga can be one of the many typical post-war premiers who focuses on domestic policy, but the regional security environment around Japan will not allow this indefinitely.

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.

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.

2020/11/06 | 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.

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.

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.

2020/07/02 | East Asia Forum

Covid-19 Is Accelerating China’s Economic Self-Reliance

Reliance on domestic consumption is just one of the shifts accelerated by the coronavirus and the increasing rivalry with the United States.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2019/11/12 | 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.

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.