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Foreign Baseball Players in Taiwan Hit Sweet Spot
Imported players are a hit in Taiwan’s professional baseball league, writes Tim Ferry.
2017/07/26 | Shreya Dasgupta
Endangered Green Peafowl on Last Legs in China amid Illegal Mining
Greenpeace East Asia says its has found evidence of illegal mining within the core zone of the Konglong River Nature Reserve in Shuangbai County of Yunnan Province, a key habitat of the endangered green peafowl.
2017/07/25 | Jason Hsu
OPINION: Culture as a New Diplomatic Strategy for Taiwan
Taiwan’s culture potentially provides it with a unique diplomatic power, if it can harness it.
2017/07/25 | TIME
The Time for Negotiations with North Korea is Now
The absence of direct dialogue between the US and North Korea has to change. 'We can’t deal with them if we don’t understand them, and we won’t understand them if we aren’t talking to each other,' says a North Asia specialist.
2017/07/24 | TIME
Why Americans Need to Understand Chinese Ways of Thinking
'Part of what US diplomats and informed citizens need to know is the basic historical background to contemporary China. However, as a scholar of Chinese philosophy, I believe it’s at least as important to understand how China thinks.'
2017/07/24 | James Chin
Here is Why Mahathir is at the Center of Malaysia’s Opposition Power Play
Mahathir represents an alternative Ketuanan Melayu leadership, rather than real political reforms.
2017/07/24 | James Trauer
The Fall and Rise of Tuberculosis: A First World Problem
A resurgent TB epidemic is a problem for the developing and developed world alike.
2017/07/23 | Renaud Egreteau
The Emergence of Pork Barrel Politics in Myanmar
Concerns over the waste of public money, corruption, and the entrenchment of political clientelism in Burma.
2017/07/22 | Shashank Joshi
Where the India-China Standoff is Going
A diplomatic off-ramp is currently hard to see, but may become easier in the autumn.
2017/07/22 | J. Michael Cole
Brawls in Taiwan’s Parliament Not a 'Way of Life'
'It is downright unfair of media like the BBC to claim that this is the normal way things are carried out at Taiwan’s legislature,' says J. Michael Cole.
2017/07/21 | Dr Anthony Bergin
Beneath the Surface: Fisheries Diplomacy and the South China Sea
The dynamiting of reefs, plus overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and the impacts of climate change are all having an impact on fish stocks in the contested waters of the South China Sea. Anthony Bergin takes a look at what Australia could do about it.
No Space for Democracy: Political Dissidence in Colonial and Contemporary Hong Kong
'Beijing may well demand that Britain refrains from interference now that China exercises control of the territory. Ultimately, Britain was equally firm in resisting Chinese intervention at the height of the Cold War.'