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2017/11/21 | Olga Krasnyak
Russia is Vying for Power in the South Pacific
Those engaged in Pacific affairs should seek to understand what kind of strings Russia might be tying in the region, and what consequences might follow.
2017/11/20 | Mariah Thornton
Tsai Opts for Soft Power in the New Southbound Policy
Tsai’s ‘New Southbound Policy’ has increasingly prioritized strengthening cultural and other non-economic links with Southeast Asian nations.
2017/11/19 | Merriden Varrall
Fearing Beijing's Ire, the Australian Publishing Industry is Censoring Itself
It seems that China has not actually taken any action to influence this decision, but publishers are still playing it safe.
2017/11/18 | Michael Beltran
Post Mortem: The ASEAN Summit and Trump’s Visit to the Philippines
Michael Beltran argues that Duterte wants to validate his drug war amidst the criticisms and casualties; it sees continued subservience to American interests as the answer.
2017/11/18 | Emily Walz
China, Vietnam and the Mekong Problem
Sino-Vietnamese Relations revolve around the Lancang-Mekong River.
2017/11/14 | Nate Maynard
Taiwan Cannot Develop Renewable Energy While Secretly Subsidizing Fossil Fuels
Taiwan's government claims that they eliminated electricity subsidies, but they really just hid them from public scrutiny.
2017/11/13 | Rongbin Han
New (and Not So New) Trends in China’s Online Censorship
The volume of online complaints on one major Internet forum has dropped significantly and dramatically since March 2013, when Xi took power. Through reducing negative information within Chinese cyberspace and blocking citizens’ access to information outside the Great Firewall, the party-state turns Chinese cyberspace increasingly into an intranet.
2017/11/13 | Tim Ferry
Energy in Taiwan: Uncertainty in Liquefied Natural Gas
A natural gas receiving terminal has been postponed due to the potential impact on a coral reef.
2017/11/12 | Julian CH Lee
A New Generation of Protest Culture Sweeps Southeast Asia
Young protestors in Malaysia differ from other activists in terms of the their collective identity, the moral value they place on that identity, and the breadth of issues they may champion.
2017/11/11 | Darice D. Chang
Women in Power: Reflections on Gender Politics From Taipei to Lhasa
Three prominent women speak on the problems faced by women in Tibet's government-in-exile and address the history and progress of gender equality in Taiwan.
2017/11/10 | Edward White
UPDATE: Waking from a Nightmare, 16 Years on Death Row in Taiwan
As a Taiwanese man wrongly held for murder readjusts to society, he has been awarded a record settlement by the courts.
2017/11/09 | TNL Staff
INFOGRAPHIC: Why Many Workers are Angry at Changes to the Labor Laws
Changes to the Labor Standards Act could leave workers sleepless — and working for as many as 12 days at a time.
2017/11/07 | TIME
Doing Time with Hong Kong Democracy Activist Joshua Wong
After being freed on bail pending appeal following his conviction in August for inciting unlawful assembly in Hong Kong, democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks about his time behind bars and the state of freedoms outside in Hong Kong.
2017/11/06 | Jules Quartly
First Cut Is the Deepest: Organ Harvesting in Xinjiang
Surgeon Enver Bughda, a native of northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, helped harvest organs in 1990s China. Even if he hasn’t moved on, China has, and now claims to operate a purely voluntary donation program.
2017/11/06 | Aim Singpeng
Divide and Conquer: Authoritarianism and Cyberspace in Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, only the Philippines ranks as having free internet access, according to Freedom House. Across the region, cyberspace has evolved into an arena in which the state and its societal opponents battle for power and control, with the former exerting greater and more sophisticated control over the latter.