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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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Indonesia Pushes for Peace in Myanmar

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Indonesia has used backdoor shuttle diplomacy to encourage stakeholders to mediate and facilitate an inclusive national dialogue in Myanmar. The question is whether this approach can dissolve hostility in Myanmar.


Japan’s Nuclear Dilemmas in a Challenging New Era

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Unlike in South Korea, Japanese public opinion remains opposed to nuclear weapons acquisition.


In Thai Politics, Tigers and Crocodiles Abound

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Accusations that Move Forward is too progressive or a threat to the military and monarchic institutions feeds speculation of another coup.


Where Are the Women in Chinese Politics?

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The National People’s Congress is the only national-level political institution in China that has adopted some form of gender quota, but today women only make up 26.54% of the congress.


China’s Appropriation of Comfort Women Activism

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Chinese authorities saw a chance to appropriate the narrative around comfort women for their own ends, showing no interest in stimulating critical reflection on the continuing abuse of women in contemporary East Asia.


Chinese Big Tech Still Sits in the Party’s Sights

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Given the CCP’s overriding priorities of rebuilding a strong domestic economy and maintaining robust supply chains against external threats, it is unlikely to embark on an extensive campaign like it did in 2020 and 2021 to rein in technology platforms.


China Expands Its Economic Reach Into the United States’ Backyard

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Economically, China has been making inroads into South America and the Caribbean, a region where U.S. power once went unchallenged.


The Philippines’ Fight for Foreign Policy Freedom

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Due to China’s increasing assertiveness in the Taiwan Strait and grey-zone coercion in the West Philippine Sea, Marcos reinvigorated the Philippine alliance with the U.S. and sought a stronger strategic partnership with Japan.


China’s Defense Ties With Cambodia Raise Red Flags for Vietnam

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Hanoi fears that China is using Cambodia as a tool to pressure Vietnam on its southern border.


Chinese Tech Dominance More Myth Than Reality

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Less than 4% of China’s research outputs from universities have been translated into industrial innovation capabilities — much lower than in most industrial countries.

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