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2017/02/18 | The Japan Times

A Growing Silence in Russia for Opposition Voices

A Russian court last week convicted Alexei Navalny, the face of the opposition movement in the country, on charges of embezzlement.

2017/02/18 | Oiwan Lam

Hong Kong's Pan-Democrats Grapple with Endorsing the ‘Lesser Evil’ for Chief Executive

John Tsang, who is supported by the local business sector and professional groups, is generally viewed as a “lesser evil” candidate.

2017/02/17 | The Japan Times

Time to Repair Tokyo-Seoul Ties

Tokyo and Seoul can't afford to let bilateral ties languish given the regional threat posed by North Korea.

2017/02/17 | Pippa Morgan

The Truth Behind China’s Aid Ambitions in Africa

Contrary to popular belief, the country’s investments do not prop up pariah regimes.

2017/02/16 | Stellina Chen

CARTOON: Trump — Paper Tiger or Not?

A paper tiger is a person who appears threatening, but is ineffectual. Does Trump fit the bill?

2017/02/16 | Kazuhiko Togo

‘Comfort Women’ After the Fall of Korean President Park Geun-hye

The demise of Park Geun-hye’s presidency since October 2016 due to the ‘Choi Soon-sil affair’ is an astonishing development in South Korean politics. Many Korea-friendly Japanese have watched it with a sense of concern, hoping that the South Korean people would find a way to overcome their present difficulties and come back to Northeast Asian politics with invigorated energy.

2017/02/15 | Chris Horton

APEC: Taiwan’s Most Important International Forum

Given the current cross-Strait climate, Taiwan’s role in APEC is arguably more important than ever, writes Chris Horton.

2017/02/14 | Victor Shih

China Faces the Impossible Trinity

The People’s Bank of China is walking a tightrope.

2017/02/12 | Mark Harrison

How Taiwan’s Authoritarian History Could Affect its Current Geopolitics

Taiwan’s geopolitical circumstances confer very particular meaning to its social and political life, but other, less internationally prominent issues hold real substance for the Taiwanese people.

2017/02/10 | Kirsten Han

OPINION: Presidential Elections Changes Further Undermine Democracy in Singapore

'It’s enough to prompt the question: what’s the point of voting in the presidential election at all?'

2017/02/10 | Gary Lai

OPINION: Should China Buy American Gas to Support the One Belt, One Road Project?

'The U.S. will almost certainly see the benefits of collaborating with China.'

2017/02/09 | TNL Staff

Hundreds Lashed in Indonesia under Sharia Law

Sharia laws are particularly harsh for women and the LGBT community.

2017/02/08 | The Japan Times

US Defense Secretary’s Reassurance on Northeast Asia

U.S. President Trump may introduce uncertainty with unexpected commentary on foreign policy, but subsequent reaffirmations from defense secretary or the secretary of state are the statements that guide foreign and security policy.

2017/02/08 | Li Hui

What the Chinese Public Really Think of Anti-corruption Crackdowns

The Chinese government must better tackle political meddling in business before people view anti-graft policies as effective.

2017/02/08 | Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

The exacerbation of police state mechanisms has obviously failed to deter the growth of radicalism in the autonomous region