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2016/08/31 | Edward White

Chechen Hand in Thailand Bombings, Expert Says

International terrorists had a hand in helping local insurgent groups carry out the recent spate of bombings in Thailand, one expert believes.

2016/08/24 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Japan's Stance on Nuclear Weapons 'Twisted'

Prime Minister Abe needs to show that Japan is serious about seeking a world free of nuclear weapons.

2016/08/20 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Putin's Very Good Summer

It is not clear if Vladimir Putin understands the limits of Russia's power or Western patience. A miscalculation of either could prove disastrous.

2016/08/16 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Abe's Wrong Call on Dispute over U.S. Air Base in Okinawa

The Abe administration should realize that a court battle won't bring about a positive resolution to the Okinawa base dispute.

2016/08/11 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: A Veneer of Legitimacy for Thailand

Thailand's new constitution locks in the role of the military as the guiding force in Thai politics.

2016/08/10 | TNL Staff

Vietnam Deploys ‘State-of-the-Art’ Rocket Launchers in S China Sea

Vietnam is reported to have moved a new Israel-made rocket launcher to five areas in the Spratlys.

2016/08/08 | TNL Staff

South China Sea Watch No. 6

An overview of the past week's key developments in the South China Sea.

2016/08/04 | Edward White

Thailand Referendum a ‘Vote at the Barrel of a Gun'

Politicians from around Southeast Asia have hit out at the constitutional referendum taking place in Thailand on Sunday.

2016/08/01 | Yuan-ling Liang

Patriotic Taiwanese Fishermen Face Punishment Upon Return from Taiping

A group of patriotic Taiwanese fishermen who landed on the disputed Taiping Island a week ago returned to Taiwan today, only to learn they may be punished.

2016/07/25 | Edward White

ANALYSIS: Is Asia’s Terrorism Threat Level Rising?

Experts take stock of an increase in terrorist activity in Southeast Asia during the holy month of Ramadan, and a new report reveals a high number of Chinese joining Islamic State.

2016/07/20 | J. Michael Cole

Visit to Taiping Island: An Exercise in Wastefulness and Futility

A bipartisan group of Taiwanese legislators headed for the South China Sea today to ‘defend’ the nation’s sovereignty. All of this is grandstanding and does nothing to protect Taiwan against external aggression.

2016/07/19 | Anna Beth Keim

[ESSAY] You Ask How Deeply I Love You

Kinmen Island, and the past and future of Sino-Taiwanese relations.

2016/07/13 | Bing-sheng Lee

Taiwanese Veterans Recruited as Chinese Spies

A Taiwanese army veteran has been giving confidential military information to Beijing’s spies while on business trips to China. Although the security breach is not major, authorities say the Chinese appear to be using new espionage tactics.

2016/07/13 | Edward White

South China Sea: How to Enforce the Tribunal Decision?

Enforcement of the international ruling in favor of the Philippines in the South China Sea dispute now depends on the international community, the lawyer representing the Philippines says.

2016/07/07 | The Japan Times

Dhaka Terrorist Attack a Reminder on 'Soft Targets'

The killings come as yet another reminder of the vulnerability of soft targets with lax security, as the Islamic State spreads terror across national borders.

2016/07/04 | J. Michael Cole

Missile Incident Propels New Round of Insanity in Taiwan’s Media

Like other forces the world over, the Taiwanese military is prone to mistakes. While it should be pressured to improve its performance, repeated public humiliation isn’t the way to reach that goal.

2016/07/02 | Shuhei Omi

Cross-Strait Watch No. 3

An overview of key developments in relations between Taiwan and China this week.