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2017/08/17 | Edward White

BREAKING: Hong Kong Jails 'Political Prisoners' Wong, Law and Chow

Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law are being described as Hong Kong’s ‘first political prisoners’ after being sent to prison for actions in the days before the 2014 Umbrella Movement.

2017/08/17 | Matthew Phillips

Thailand’s Junta Courts the White House as 'Democracy' Drops from US Agenda

Secretary of State Tillerson has already indicated that the State Department is considering dropping 'democracy' from its global mission. On Tuesday, he kept his word.

2017/08/17 | Andreas Harsono

Jokowi Has a Political Prisoner Problem

Indonesia can’t claim to be a democratic, progressive state while still locking up citizens for merely expressing their rights of freedom of expression and association.

2017/08/15 | Wu Haiyun

How Blockbuster Movies Capture China’s Changing Nationalism

Now the country’s highest-grossing film ever, ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ merges Hollywood-style thrills with state-sanctioned patriotism.

2017/08/15 | Aurelia George Mulgan

Abe No Longer Invincible: Dissecting Japan's Cabinet Reshuffle

Abe has lost his aura of invincibility and the real question is whether he will ever be able to regain it.

2017/08/14 | Tristan Kenderdine

China’s Fevered Property Market Exporting Risk to Asia

Global risk merchants are starting to fret over Chinese local governance — a matter that was conveniently ignored throughout the growth boom of the past two decades.

2017/08/11 | Edward White

Security Beefed-Up as Taiwan’s Biggest-Ever Event is Politicized

Protests loom at a rare major sporting event in Taipei, as China continues to block Taiwan’s presence on the international stage.

2017/08/11 | Jared Ward

Stepping into the US Backyard: China’s Caribbean Policy

Beyond market access, China’s increased presence in Caribbean affairs can be understood as a subtle jab at American Western Hemisphere dominance at a time when Washington is pushing Beijing in the South China Sea.

2017/08/11 | Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam

Big Data & AI Harnessed to Perfect the Police State in China

The increasing sophistication and reach of the country’s AI-enabled police-state apparatus mean that it is possible that Liu’s peaceful, moderate and incremental goals for political liberalization might lapse into dormancy for the foreseeable future.

2017/08/10 | Peter Wood

Why Djibouti Matters: China Sends Troops to First Permanent Base Abroad

The Djibouti support base is likely just the first of many as China improves its ability to protect the trade routes that form the vital arteries of its economy.

2017/08/10 | Wanning Sun

From Mao to TV Health Shows: The Changing Chain of Command Facing China's Elderly

Having lived through the Maoist decades when the Party-state told them how to live their private lives, senior citizens are now learning to become self-governing subjects, writes Wanning Sun.

2017/08/09 | Shannon Lin

The Last of Taiwan's 'Blind Masseurs'

'Blind massage' was first introduced to Taiwan by the Japanese during the colonial era. More than 100 years later, signs for blind massage parlors remain a common sight in the underground malls and streets of Taiwan but the number of masseurs is declining.

2017/08/09 | Renny Babiarz.

China’s Expanding Nuclear Submarine Force

China’s emergent sea-based nuclear deterrent is one part of a much broader expansion of China’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

2017/08/09 | Vincent Koen

How to Ensure China's Elderly are Not Poor

Progress with reform across a whole range of areas is needed, including health care, so that citizens can live longer active lives and avoid falling into poverty once they retire, writes Vincent Koen.