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2017/05/15 | Dennis J. Blasko

Shades of Gray: China is Changing the PLA’s Ground Combat Units

The long-awaited changes in the operational and tactical units of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have begun with a formal announcement by President Xi Jinping (習近平) in April 2017.

2017/05/13 | Matthew Brazil

Thinking the Unthinkable: Are American Organizations in China Ready for a Serious Crisis?

US President Trump has brought uncertainty to Sino-American ties, 'If a serious bilateral crisis develops, [foreigners] in China may become unacceptably vulnerable to expulsion or detention,' said Matthew Brazil.

2017/05/12 | Stellina Chen

CARTOON: Come Dine With Me, The Korea Special

South Korea’s new president has a tough task ahead of him dealing with the competing interests of Trump's US, Xi's China and Kim's North Korea.

2017/05/11 | Keith Schneider

Big Business Wins in the Philippines: The Rise and Fall of a Maverick Environment Minister

After a 10-month battle to shut down polluting mines, Philippine environment secretary Regina Lopez lost her post last week.

2017/05/11 | Roy Ngerng

School’s Out: How Singapore Keeps University Reserved for the Elites

[OPINION] The Singapore government is shutting out most Singaporeans from universities while keeping the door wide open to foreigners.

2017/05/10 | Jenna Cody

OPINION: Don’t Delete the Generalissimo, Contextualize Him

'His legacy ought to be studied and analyzed, if only to remember the horrors and agonies of the history of this island nation, and to educate ourselves on the importance of avoiding a backslide into totalitarianism.'

2017/05/09 | Kyle Pope

Moon Victory Imminent in South Korea

As liberal Moon Jae-in looks set to grab the South Korean presidency, Kyle Pope examines the politics that got him into pole position.

2017/05/09 | Suzanne Pepper

Beijing‘s Dilemma: What to Do About Hong Kong

The three most feared of all future prospects: Hong Kong’s evolving relationship with the mainland; Beijing’s conflation of national and political security; and Beijing’s habit of issuing interpretations that Hong Kong courts now accept they are bound to obey.

2017/05/08 | Jeffrey Hutton

Indonesia’s Next Jokowi?

The secret to reform in Indonesia is simple, don’t mention religion.

2017/05/08 | Aaron L. Connelly

Trump’s Telephone Diplomacy Accelerates Southeast Asia’s Slide into Illiberalism

U.S. plays an important role in pressuring Southeast Asian governments not to abuse human rights, but under Trump, the pressure is off.

2017/05/06 | Jack Hu

Where Are All the Ordinary People in China's Hit Anti-Corruption Show 'In the Name of the People'?

“'In the Name of the People' has become a channel for people to release their disappointment and anger towards reality," said Wang Meiyun, a researcher at Fudan University.

2017/05/06 | Ya-Wen Lei

Agenda Setting in China is Not Always Run by the Party

Ultimately, the future of China’s contentious public sphere is unclear, but it will almost certainly be shaped by multiple actors, intersecting processes, and perhaps even some unintended consequences — just as its emergence was.

2017/05/05 | The Japan Times

Real Estate Billionaire Exposes Beijing’s Dilemma

Beijing must do all it can to eliminate Guo as a threat, but doing so validates charges that the anti-corruption campaign is as much a tool to eliminate political opposition as it is an effort to clean up the Chinese Communist Party.

2017/05/05 | Roy Ngerng

The Prime Minister or The People: Just Who is Stealing Lunches in Singapore?

[OPINION] The Singapore Prime Minister’s fixation on stealing other people’s lunches has raised questions of paranoia, competitiveness, double standards and inequality in Singapore.

2017/05/05 | Peter Carrol

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right

BOOK REVIEW: In 'Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right,' investigative journalist Jane Mayer reveals how a elite group of plutocrats have effectively subjected the US political system to a process akin to corporate capture. This is a thorough, meticulously researched and compelling account of the financial takeover of US democracy that unveils the otherwise hidden influence of the billionaire class, writes Peter Carrol.