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2016/12/31 | Edward White

Taiwan to be Tested in 2017: President Tsai

Tsai Ing-wen today held her first major briefing and Q&A with the foreign press in Taipei.

2016/12/30 | Hsu Chia-yu

Taiwan's 10 Biggest Stories in 2016

The 10 biggest stories around Taiwan this year.

2016/12/30 | Michael Beltran

Shout-out to the Philippines: Make 2017 'The Year of the Boomerang’

'Just the other day I received my first death threat from a loyalist of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.' When the police come knocking at the doors of the people in 2017, the response might not be as friendly as those in power hope. We should be scared for 2017, but also up for the fight.

2016/12/28 | Edward White

Trump’s Unlikely Ally: The Chinese Dissident

A high-profile Chinese dissident sees U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as a potential game changer for human rights in China.

2016/12/28 | Giorgio Strafella and Daria Berg

Roots and Prospects of Xi’s Cultural Policy

Xi Jinping may soon find out that while censorship and surveillance are relatively easy, China’s "State capacity" when it comes to cultural production has significantly shrunk since 1979.

2016/12/27 | Sarah O'Meara

How to Be more than a Token Woman in Chinese Politics

Exploring female representation in government and what the future holds for the coming generations in China.

2016/12/22 | Li Yongzhong

Why Supervision Committees Spell Danger for Corrupt Officials in China

A new pilot scheme will empower those outside the Chinese communist party to hold bureaucrats accountable.

2016/12/22 | Mo Tz-pin

Trending in Taiwan Today

The biggest stories around Taiwan today.

2016/12/21 | Hesham Shafick

Book Review: 'Unfinished Revolutions: Yemen, Libya and Tunisia After the Arab Spring'

While Hesham Shafick questions the limitations of the book’s overarching emphasis on western-centric conflict resolution literature, this is nonetheless a seminal reference text for students looking at the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

2016/12/20 | The Japan Times

Four Years of Abe in Power

Four years on, Abe’s grip on power seems as strong as ever. The question remains how and where he will use his ample political resources.

2016/12/20 | Brian Hioe

No End in Sight for China's Political Purges in Hong Kong?

There is really no going back for Beijing now that it has decided to fundamentally overturn Hong Kong’s system of government.

2016/12/16 | Suzanne Pepper

An Election Without A Cause: CY Leung Stands Down

Will the candidates try to convince Beijing of the need to re-think its one-size-fits-all 'mainland' political mindset in dealing with Hong Kong?

2016/12/14 | Vivienne Chow

Christmas Comes Early in Hong Kong

The departure of Hong Kong's CY Leung has been welcomed. But perhaps Hongkongers should delay the champagne, writes Vivienne Chow.

2016/12/13 | Michael D. Barr

Singapore's PAP Spends 2016 on the Defensive

After a year of vacated leadership and defensiveness, interesting times for Singapore lie ahead.

2016/12/12 | David Prentice

OPINION: 'One China' Dead Before Trump-Tsai Call

Beijing doesn’t see the irony in the fact that when Xi met Ma in Singapore last year, the Chinese president was practically accepting that “one China” as a common goal was as good as dead.

2016/12/09 | The Japan Times

Casino Legislation In Japan on the Fast Track

There may be pros and cons about legalizing casinos, but the way the legislation is being pushed through the Diet does little to assure it will be a safe bet.