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2017/09/23 | Frances Kitt
China: No Country for Old Men?
The way in which Xi deals with the age question in the make-up of the PSC will be a good indicator of the nature of his power and the extent of his success.
2017/09/20 | Khin Zaw Win
Myanmar Must Accept Responsibility for Rohingya alongside Openness to Diversity
With no end in sight to the plight of the Rohyinga Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and an underwhelming response from de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the clock is ticking for Myanmar to accept historical responsibility and open its arms to multiculturalism.
2017/09/20 | John Liu
We Are All Lee Ming-che
The inditement of Taiwanese NGO worker Lee Ming-che, currently detained in China, cited social media messages on Facebook and elsewhere as evidence of subversion. Unless we stand up and protest, anyone traveling to China could share Lee's unfortunate fate.
2017/09/18 | Alice Dawkins
Stranger Kings: Ancient Traditions of Chinese Power in Northeastern Myanmar
'As the Chinese state extends its reach beyond its traditional power bases in the Sino-Myanmar hills and lowland urban centers to developing a major port off the Rakhine coast, it pays to be aware of the longstanding motif of strategic Chinese infiltration,' Dawkins writes.
2017/09/15 | Ketagalan Media
Does Taiwan Really Need More Foreigners?
Taiwan needs new talent but Taiwanese people’s inability to market the country effectively is hampering its ability to attract the right people.
2017/09/14 | Greg Raymond
This is the End: Thailand's Shinawatras Era Draws to a Close
The political transition brought on by the end of the Shinawatra era could be more important for everyday Thais than the royal transition.
2017/09/13 | TNL Staff
CARTOON: Reactions to Taiwanese Activist Lee Ming-che's 'Sham Trial'
What Taiwan, China and the international community are saying about the trial that took place on Sept. 11.
2017/09/13 | Mong Palatino
Free Media Fighting to Stay Alive in Cambodia amid Hun Sen's Latest Crackdown
One daily newspaper, two foreign media services and three local radio stations are among those under threat.
2017/09/12 | Oiwan Lam
Mulling the Cost of China Winning the AI Race
'Both Chinese and foreign experts reckon that China has the most advanced — and cheapest — AI-enabled surveillance technology in the world.'
2017/09/11 | Rosemary Chen
Missing Taiwanese Activist Lee Ming-che Goes on Trial in China
Lee Ming-che at the trial confessed to 'spreading malicious articles and speech attacking the current Chinese Communist Party and government' and 'writing articles that were intended to defame the system and subvert state power.'
Get Ready for Unification: South Korea's Looming 'Berlin Wall' Moment
'The consequences of Korean unification, while important in economic terms, can also have far-reaching consequences for the political and strategic relationships among Asian nations as well as the international order.'
2017/09/09 | Lu Hongyong
The People Behind China State Media’s Viral Videos
The recent BRICS summit has given government mouthpiece Xinhua a chance to launch its latest charm offensive.
2017/09/07 | Stellina Chen
CARTOON: Will Taiwan Lose US Trade over North Korea?
Taiwan may risk losing its third largest export partner, the US, and $33.6 billion worth of foreign trade over North Korea.
To the End of Overtime: Is 'Dispatch' the Future of Work in Taiwan?
As part-time or short-term jobs become more common, Taiwan is considering legislation to regulate non-conventional employment.
2017/09/07 | Oiwan Lam
China and the End of Anonymous
'Most online comments on the regulation have been hidden on social media — some threads show only two comments out of hundreds, while on others the comment section has been shut down. The majority of comments do not appear on a search.'
2017/09/06 | Justin Hugo
It's Time to Return Taiwanese Workers What They Rightfully Earn
Business groups simply do not want to show any respect when it comes to raising their workers’ wages, and it's time to start protecting workers in Taiwan.