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2017/04/29 | Michael Vatikiotis

Digging up the Dutch Colonial Past in Indonesia

The Netherlands is launching an inquiry into the armed struggle that transformed the Dutch East Indies into the republic of Indonesia seventy years ago.

2017/04/29 | Damian Tobin

Is China on the Verge of a Banking Crisis?

A variety of indicators suggests that China has come perilously close to a banking crisis.

2017/04/29 | Simon Chadwick

China’s World Cup Bid: Playing for Time

Will China really have the patience to wait 20 years to realize its World Cup dream? Simon Chadwick takes a look at the bidding game.

2017/04/28 | Juke Carolina Rumuat

How the Symbols of Indonesia’s Hardline Muslim Groups Reached the Pages of Marvel Comics

An Indonesian artist uploaded a sketch he made for X-Men Gold #1 and was quickly spotted symbols used by the Movement in Defense of Islam.

2017/04/26 | Kai-Yuan (Kyle) Cheng

Marching for Justice at the March for Science: A Postmodern Perspective

'It is really most appropriate that the scientists should be the ones marching for social justice and philosophical reflection. For perhaps no other people know better than we do just how our endeavors can be equally powerful for the destruction as it is for the construction of humanity.'

2017/04/26 | Cindy Vestergaard

What Are North Korea’s Chemical-Weapon Capabilities?

Since Malaysian authorities identified the nerve agent VX as the cause of death in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, concerns have been raised over the state's chemical weapons capabilities. So what are North Korea's capabilities?

2017/04/26 | William Hurst

China’s Critical Year

It is China's critical year that Xi Jinping is poised for breakthroughs on many fronts if he can successfully navigate around the many mines and obstacles that stand in his path.

2017/04/25 | Erin Cook

Jakarta Election Result Spells Trouble for Jokowi and Indonesia

Whether Anies and Sandiaga will govern along these divisive lines remains to be seen, but it clearly sets a poor standard for repairing the racial and religious fractures still bubbling just beneath the surface of the city.

2017/04/25 | Euan Graham

Three Questions About North Korea's Nuclear Weapons

A brief analysis of U.S.-North Korea relations and recent events on nuclear weapon threats.

2017/04/24 | Rosemary Chen

Burying a Dictator: Fresh Bid to Remove All Statues of Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan

'Statues [of Chiang] are the final remnant of the [Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)] authoritarian regime, which has to be removed if a full-fledged democracy is to be realized.'

2017/04/24 | Matthew Geason

OPINION: Hold Beijing to Account on Hong Kong’s Regression

As Hong Kong is truly a global city and an international economic hub, the United States and the rest of the democratic world have an interest in seeing the preservation of Hong Kong’s democracy and ensuring that Beijing is held accountable, argues Matthew Geason.

2017/04/24 | David Shinn

China’s Power Projection in the Western Indian Ocean

Since 2008, China has significantly increased its naval presence in the Indian Ocean, giving rise to Indian concerns of potential military encirclement and raising questions in American strategic thinking about China’s ultimate objectives.

2017/04/23 | Timo Duile

Reactionary Islamism in Indonesia

At the end of 2016, two large demonstrations organized by reactionary Muslim groups took place in Jakarta. The protesters called for the arrest of the Christian Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Purnama, an ethnic Chinese man commonly referred to as Ahok, whom they accused of blasphemy.

2017/04/22 | Zi Yang

Political Indoctrination in Chinese Colleges

Among Chinese college students, support for the Party and government remain strong, at least on paper.

2017/04/20 | FORTUNE

Donald Trump Can’t Count on China to Keep North Korea in Check

If Trump believes that China genuinely has either the means or inclination to 'solve' the North Korean problem in American terms, he is likely to be sorely disappointed.

2017/04/20 | Ian Rowen and Jamie Rowen.

Taiwan’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee: The Geopolitics of Transitional Justice in a Contested State

Taiwan President Tsai’s interest in a truth and reconciliation commission also reflects Taiwan’s contested space in the global world order of nation states.