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2017/02/28 | TNL Staff

Pizza Hut and Politics Detract from Somber Day in Taiwan

For many in Taiwan, February 28 is a day to reflect on the country’s brutal history, but the somber occasion has been marred by distractions this year.

2017/02/28 | Suzanne Pepper

Hong Kong Election: Beijing Decides, Hong Kong Approves

Beijing must feel Carrie Lam is their best hope for reducing tensions and getting the job done as they proceed with all their cross-border interventions.

2017/02/27 | Dong Dong Zhang

How will Xi Shake Up the CCP?

The scale of change in the CCP leadership and its importance can’t be overstated.

2017/02/27 | Raina Paul

Male Reluctance sees India’s Contraceptive Use Fall, Abortions Surge

As many as 2,500 abortions were carried out in India every day in 2016, doubling from eight years ago.

2017/02/27 | Adam Cathcart

Targeting Northeastern Tigers: The Anti-Corruption Campaign in China's Rust Belt

Xi’s anti-corruption campaign needs to be about more than managing elite politics and be balanced against China’s international relations and local tensions.

2017/02/27 | Andrew Reid

BOOK REVIEW: The Populist Radical Right: A Reader

The book brings together seminal social science scholarship on the radical or extreme right in Western democracies produced between the early 1990s to the present day. The volume will leave readers better informed but far from optimistic about the challenges posed by the populist radical right today, finds Andrew Reid.

2017/02/24 | The Japan Times

Problems with Retired Japanese Officials Seeking Jobs

Japan faces problems with government officials seeking to secure post-retirement job opportunities with businesses and organizations that want to build and maintain connections with the bureaucracy that oversees their industries.

2017/02/24 | Thomas DuBois

What’s Behind China's Rapprochement with the Vatican?

China has struggled to find a solution to the religious resurgence that has been growing since the 1990s.

2017/02/23 | The Japan Times

Discussions on Japan's Imperial Abdication

The public should have a say in the discussion on Imperial abdication.

2017/02/23 | Stellina Chen and ZiQing Low

CARTOON: 70th Anniversary of the 228 Incident and China's Commemoration

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office has said it would commemorate the incident this year, claiming the 228 Incident was part of the 'Chinese people’s fight for liberation,' and accusing Taiwanese independence groups of manipulating the incident to 'tear apart Taiwanese society.'

2017/02/23 | Ted Gover

Trump's 'America First' is Unlikely to Shake Up the Asia Pacific

While 'America First' serves as a break from the past — particularly in trade policy — it is improbable that it will radically shake up ties with Asia-Pacific partners.

2017/02/22 | Olivia Yang

INTERVIEW: Fighting a Country with Words, 4 Years a Chinese Prisoner

'The history of mankind has gone on for thousands of years, and that of the Communist Party only a few decades. Perhaps one day when they collapse, your books will still exist.'

2017/02/21 | Jeffrey Ordaniel

South China Sea a Chinese Lake?

'Since respect for international law in East Asia’s maritime commons is a vital U.S. national interest, Washington should take the lead and engage East Asia. Unilateralism can only do so much.'

2017/02/21 | Suzanne Pepper

Hong Kong's Stalemate with Beijing and Basic Law Constraints

Is Beijing's patience running thin on its stalemate with Hong Kong’s democracy movement?

2017/02/20 | Jeffrey Hutton

The Heart of the Matter in Jakarta

The silver lining from Wednesday’s results is that Ahok, an ethnic Chinese, was on the ballot at all, writes Jeffrey Hutton in Jakarta.

2017/02/20 | Vivienne Chow

Democracy Won't be the Winner in the Hong Kong Election

As the leader of Hong Kong, which is now in its twentieth year as the Special Administration Region of China, the Chief Executive has to take orders from Beijing.

2017/02/19 | Mong Palatino

Thai Media Groups: Proposed Law Could Bring Total Government Control of the Press

'It is also a major step backward of more than 20 years of the media reform process that the Thai journalist community fought for to democratize media space from state monopoly, and toward diversity and access to information.'