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2017/05/22 | Angela Han

Cold Shoulder: Why Beijing Snubbed Singapore at the Belt and Road Summit

Beijing did not invite Singapore's Prime Minister to attend the Belt and Road event in Beijing this week, signifying strain in sino-Singapore relations.

2017/05/22 | Bingqin Li

China's Social System Reform is Going Nowhere

China’s hukou (household registration) system is often criticized for hindering the free movement of labor and creating inequality. In recent years the hukou system has undergone considerable reform. But is this enough to turn around the trends in China’s regional inequality?

2017/05/20 | Stellina Chen

CARTOON: Tough Times Ahead for Tsai in Year Two

President Tsai and the DPP are struggling to shake poor approval ratings despite Taiwan’s strong economic performance.

2017/05/19 | Lin Fei-fan

Lin Fei-fan: Don’t Let The People Down Again

Lin Fei-fan, one of the student leaders in the 2014 protest that drew half a million people to the streets of Taipei, writes about the mounting dissatisfaction with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and her government as well as the hypocrisy of the international community.

2017/05/19 | Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam

China’s Global Power Projection Hit With 'Strategic Overdraft'

'Since coming to power in late 2012, Xi has repeatedly spun out bold and all-encompassing visions and schemes,' but Xi will need to 'prove that he can actually deliver on both his domestic and international pledges,' said Dr. Lam.

2017/05/18 | Michal Thim

ANALYSIS: Tsai’s Defense and Security Challenges Line Up in Year Two

Boosting the national defense budget, avoiding a spending blowout on submarines, watching out for aggression in the South China Sea and keeping up Taiwan’s defense from cyber attacks; chances are Taiwan’s president will be kept busy keeping the country safe in the second year of her presidency.

2017/05/17 | The Japan Times

Butt Out: Japan is Making it Harder to Quit Smoking

Opponents to tighter rules against smoking in public spaces argue that punishing people for smoking infringes on their freedom.

2017/05/16 | Rosemary Chen

Vietnam Rounds-Up Activists Who Led Protest Against Taiwan Toxic Spill

Vietnamese authorities are cracking down on protest leaders and officials one year after a toxic spill in central Vietnam devastated the fishing and tourism industry.

2017/05/16 | Taiwan Business TOPICS Magazine

Tsai Pivots Taiwan Southward

The government is seeking to strengthen trade, investment, tourism, education, and cultural relations with South and Southeast Asia.

2017/05/16 | Mohd Nawab Bin Mohd Osman and Aida Arosoaie

Meet the Vanguard of Malaysian Islamist Politics

In a political climate where most Islamist parties have chosen to prioritize political objectives over ideological ones, PAS has balked this trend and has become more conservative in its political posture.

2017/05/15 | Kai-Yuan (Kyle) Cheng

Does Taiwan’s WHA Exclusion Really Matter? An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Biggest Health Meeting

Not all Taiwanese have been excluded from attending the World Health Assembly this year. One Taiwanese researcher who will be at the meeting in Geneva explains why gaining “observer” status is not all it is cracked up to be, and why Taiwan needs a new strategy that does not rely on its unguaranteed status at the WHA.