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2016/07/29 | ZiQing Low

Draconian New Law Threatens Human Rights in Malaysia

The Malaysian government has passed a law that gives its prime minister arbitrary powers not seen since the communist insurgency of the 1960s.

2016/07/29 | J. Michael Cole

Due to ‘Safety Concerns’, Chinese Dance Competition Cancels HK Venue, Shifts to Taiwan

Various pro-CCP groups have been protesting outside Macpherson Stadium in Mong Kok District since July 20, prompting management to cancel its contract with the organizers of the competition.

2016/07/29 | Edward White

INTERVIEW: Future Hangs in the Balance for HK Student Leader Nathan Law

Tense times: One of Hong Kong’s most iconic anti-Beijing student leaders is at a crossroads.     

2016/07/28 | Shuhei Omi

Price Warfare Harming Taiwan's IT Sector, Academic Says

A National Taiwan University academic criticizes 'outdated' government subsidies and the direction of the Taiwanese IT sector.

2016/07/28 | J. Michael Cole

A Bear and a Complex Character: New Symbols of Taiwanese Patriotism?

Symbols are essential to nationalism, and Taiwan will need more of those if it is to succeed in making the case for its continued existence as a distinct political entity on the international stage.

2016/07/28 | Austin Chad Willhoft

ANALYSIS: Taiwan's Future Under Trump and Clinton

Although the decision rests in the hands of American voters, Taiwanese should be aware of Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton’s stances on Taiwan.

2016/07/27 | J. Michael Cole

Chinese Warns of ‘Soft’ and ‘Insidious’ Taiwan Independence Forces

Chinese officials and academics continue to fail to understand the origins of the widespread opposition to unification in Taiwan.

2016/07/27 | Chang Shin-wei

Support for Tsai Drops by 14% in Two Months

Labor rights issues, the South China Sea ruling, and the accidental launch of a missile are believed to have contributed to the wavering trust in the Tsai administration.

2016/07/27 | J. Michael Cole

Taiwan, Hong Kong Artists Forced to Sign ‘No Separatism’ Form: Reports

While there has not been any confirmation of a new rule, several artists have heard rumors that they will have to sign the document to perform in China.

2016/07/26 | J. Michael Cole

A Catalyst for KMT Reform?

In post-Sunflower Taiwan, the KMT’s ‘ill-gotten’ assets are more scarlet letter than an advantage.

2016/07/26 | Hsu Chia-yu

Taiwan to Face Difficulties Investigating Party Assets, Lawyer Says

Hard to prove? After decades of campaigning and a marathon session in Taiwan’s parliament, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party finally passed a law to investigate the party assets that were allegedly illegally obtained during the Kuomintang’s 50 years in power. But one lawyer suggests the hard work may be just getting started.

2016/07/25 | Shuhei Omi

Behind China's Global Propaganda Campaign

'The Party wants to fundamentally change the conversation at the global level so as to defend China’s interests abroad and reinforce the ideological consensus at home.'

2016/07/25 | Edward White

Beijing Shuts Down Investigative, Political Online News Programs

Beijing has banned original reporting in online news programs in what many commentators see as the latest move to restrict political dissent in China.

2016/07/25 | Edward White

ANALYSIS: Is Asia’s Terrorism Threat Level Rising?

Experts take stock of an increase in terrorist activity in Southeast Asia during the holy month of Ramadan, and a new report reveals a high number of Chinese joining Islamic State.

2016/07/25 | Suzanne Pepper

Hong Kong's Loyalty Oath: Gambling Again on Ambiguity

As if they hadn’t created enough trouble for themselves in Hong Kong, Beijing leaders seem to be banking again on the dubious benefits of ambiguity.

2016/07/25 | Chublic Opinion

Flood Buffer: The Changing Currents of a National Story

What were the Chinese reading about while the massive downpour in early July was paralyzing towns and cities along the Yangtze? Pigs.

2016/07/22 | Chang Shin-wei

China Huffs and Puffs After Tsai Ing-wen WaPo Interview

The Chinese side accuses President Tsai of officially denying for the first time the existence of the '1992 consensus.' Taipei denies she did such a thing.

2016/07/22 | J. Michael Cole

The Closing of the Chinese Mind

‘If we are to avoid major tensions in the Taiwan Strait, there will have to be a time when the people in Chinese academia and government who actually know what is going on in Taiwan are allowed to speak up.’