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2017/09/29 | Alexander Görlach

German Election Losses Leave Merkel's North Korea Stance in Limbo

German Chancellor Angela Merkel previously advocated Germany take a lead role in brokering a diplomatic solution to the crisis in North Korea. But election losses for her Christian Democratic Union party have left her weakened at home, and the country's future stance on the issue in doubt.

2017/09/29 | Shashank Joshi

With an Eye on Beijing, India and Japan Double Down

While the security architecture of Asia in some flux, the future of the India-Japan relationship is looking very healthy indeed.

2017/09/28 | Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam

The Empty Truth of Xi Jinping Thought

As the 19th National Congress of the CPP Approaches, Xi Jinping Thought looks set to be installed in the Party's constitution – ranking alongside only Mao Zedong Thought in terms of doctrinal weight. But whereas The Great Helmsman's dogma looked to the future, Xi is set solely on consolidating power for himself and his party.

2017/09/27 | James Gomez

A False Dawn for Media Freedom in Myanmar?

Myanmar faces a range of human rights which needs a free press and activists who can operate peacefully without fear of repercussions.

2017/09/26 | Nicholas Thomas

The Rise of China Through the Eyes of China

To what extent do such nationalist issues reflect the sentiments of the Chinese people? This is an important question as it goes to the heart of the debate over the nature of China’s rise.

2017/09/25 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

Peering into Taiwan's Post-Blue Political Future

Politics abhors a vacuum, and with the KMT struggling for support there is scope for a new opposition to mount a challenge to the DPP's grip of Taiwan's national politics. But who will lead it and where will they come from? Courtney Donovan Smith forecasts Taiwan's political future.

2017/09/25 | Richard Javad Heydarian

The West’s Reluctant Embrace of Duterte

Western capitals have found themselves in a tough bind, shedding deepening concerns over human rights issues in exchange for counter-terror cooperation with neo-authoritarian leaders.

2017/09/23 | Frances Kitt

China: No Country for Old Men?

The way in which Xi deals with the age question in the make-up of the PSC will be a good indicator of the nature of his power and the extent of his success.

2017/09/20 | Khin Zaw Win

Myanmar Must Accept Responsibility for Rohingya alongside Openness to Diversity

With no end in sight to the plight of the Rohyinga Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and an underwhelming response from de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the clock is ticking for Myanmar to accept historical responsibility and open its arms to multiculturalism.

2017/09/20 | John Liu

We Are All Lee Ming-che

The inditement of Taiwanese NGO worker Lee Ming-che, currently detained in China, cited social media messages on Facebook and elsewhere as evidence of subversion. Unless we stand up and protest, anyone traveling to China could share Lee's unfortunate fate.

2017/09/18 | Alice Dawkins

Stranger Kings: Ancient Traditions of Chinese Power in Northeastern Myanmar

'As the Chinese state extends its reach beyond its traditional power bases in the Sino-Myanmar hills and lowland urban centers to developing a major port off the Rakhine coast, it pays to be aware of the longstanding motif of strategic Chinese infiltration,' Dawkins writes.

2017/09/15 | Ketagalan Media

Does Taiwan Really Need More Foreigners?

Taiwan needs new talent but Taiwanese people’s inability to market the country effectively is hampering its ability to attract the right people.

2017/09/14 | Greg Raymond

This is the End: Thailand's Shinawatras Era Draws to a Close

The political transition brought on by the end of the Shinawatra era could be more important for everyday Thais than the royal transition.

2017/09/13 | TNL Staff

CARTOON: Reactions to Taiwanese Activist Lee Ming-che's 'Sham Trial'

What Taiwan, China and the international community are saying about the trial that took place on Sept. 11.

2017/09/13 | Mong Palatino

Free Media Fighting to Stay Alive in Cambodia amid Hun Sen's Latest Crackdown

One daily newspaper, two foreign media services and three local radio stations are among those under threat.

2017/09/12 | Oiwan Lam

Mulling the Cost of China Winning the AI Race

'Both Chinese and foreign experts reckon that China has the most advanced — and cheapest — AI-enabled surveillance technology in the world.'

2017/09/11 | Rosemary Chen

Missing Taiwanese Activist Lee Ming-che Goes on Trial in China

Lee Ming-che at the trial confessed to 'spreading malicious articles and speech attacking the current Chinese Communist Party and government' and 'writing articles that were intended to defame the system and subvert state power.'

2017/09/11 | Jong–Wha Lee & Warwick McKibbin

Get Ready for Unification: South Korea's Looming 'Berlin Wall' Moment

'The consequences of Korean unification, while important in economic terms, can also have far-reaching consequences for the political and strategic relationships among Asian nations as well as the international order.'