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2017/02/21 | Suzanne Pepper
Hong Kong's Stalemate with Beijing and Basic Law Constraints
Is Beijing's patience running thin on its stalemate with Hong Kong’s democracy movement?
2017/02/20 | Jeffrey Hutton
The Heart of the Matter in Jakarta
The silver lining from Wednesday’s results is that Ahok, an ethnic Chinese, was on the ballot at all, writes Jeffrey Hutton in Jakarta.
2017/02/20 | Vivienne Chow
Democracy Won't be the Winner in the Hong Kong Election
As the leader of Hong Kong, which is now in its twentieth year as the Special Administration Region of China, the Chief Executive has to take orders from Beijing.
2017/02/19 | Mong Palatino
Thai Media Groups: Proposed Law Could Bring Total Government Control of the Press
'It is also a major step backward of more than 20 years of the media reform process that the Thai journalist community fought for to democratize media space from state monopoly, and toward diversity and access to information.'
2017/02/18 | The Japan Times
A Growing Silence in Russia for Opposition Voices
A Russian court last week convicted Alexei Navalny, the face of the opposition movement in the country, on charges of embezzlement.
2017/02/18 | Oiwan Lam
Hong Kong's Pan-Democrats Grapple with Endorsing the ‘Lesser Evil’ for Chief Executive
John Tsang, who is supported by the local business sector and professional groups, is generally viewed as a “lesser evil” candidate.
2017/02/17 | The Japan Times
Time to Repair Tokyo-Seoul Ties
Tokyo and Seoul can't afford to let bilateral ties languish given the regional threat posed by North Korea.
2017/02/17 | Pippa Morgan
The Truth Behind China’s Aid Ambitions in Africa
Contrary to popular belief, the country’s investments do not prop up pariah regimes.
2017/02/16 | Stellina Chen
ILLUSTRATION: Trump — Paper Tiger or Not?
A paper tiger is a person who appears threatening, but is ineffectual. Does Trump fit the bill?
2017/02/16 | Kazuhiko Togo
‘Comfort Women’ After the Fall of Korean President Park Geun-hye
The demise of Park Geun-hye’s presidency since October 2016 due to the ‘Choi Soon-sil affair’ is an astonishing development in South Korean politics. Many Korea-friendly Japanese have watched it with a sense of concern, hoping that the South Korean people would find a way to overcome their present difficulties and come back to Northeast Asian politics with invigorated energy.
2017/02/15 | Chris Horton
APEC: Taiwan’s Most Important International Forum
Given the current cross-Strait climate, Taiwan’s role in APEC is arguably more important than ever, writes Chris Horton.
2017/02/14 | Victor Shih
China Faces the Impossible Trinity
The People’s Bank of China is walking a tightrope.
2017/02/12 | Mark Harrison
How Taiwan’s Authoritarian History Could Affect its Current Geopolitics
Taiwan’s geopolitical circumstances confer very particular meaning to its social and political life, but other, less internationally prominent issues hold real substance for the Taiwanese people.
2017/02/10 | Kirsten Han
OPINION: Presidential Elections Changes Further Undermine Democracy in Singapore
'It’s enough to prompt the question: what’s the point of voting in the presidential election at all?'
2017/02/10 | Gary Lai
OPINION: Should China Buy American Gas to Support the One Belt, One Road Project?
'The U.S. will almost certainly see the benefits of collaborating with China.'
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