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2018/08/30 | New Bloom

OPINION: Taiwan's Hypocritical Refugee Policy Shows Its Ugly Face

The deportation of Filipino city councilor Ricardo Parojinog, coupled with Taiwan's backdoor agreement with Australia to treat refugees in Nauru detention camps, raise questions about Taiwan's lack of any coherent refugee policy.

2018/08/29 | Eryk Smith

Taiwan's Great Deluge of 2018: Anger, Finger-Pointing and Helplessness

Drenched with torrential rains, south Taiwanese have just about had it with the ineptitude of their politicians at managing natural disasters.

2018/08/27 | TJ Ting

OPINION: DPP Spin Master Aims to Control Pasuya Yao's Mayoral Mayhem

The slick re-launch of Pasuya Yao's mayoral campaign drips with spin and begs the question: Can voters really complain when they vote on style over substance?

2018/08/27 | East Asia Forum

The Challenges of Delivering a New Deal for Malaysia

A motley ruling coalition faces tough challenges in executing systemic reform.

2018/08/24 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Behind the Asian Games Glitz Hides a Troubled Indonesia

It'll take more than a cover over Jakarta's 'Black River' to hide the darkness that threatens the heart of Indonesia.

2018/08/22 | Stellina Chen

CARTOON: China's Cash for Central American Control

China reportedly agreed to provide more than US$27 billion in financing for a port in El Salvador.

2018/08/21 | David Green

UPDATE: El Salvador Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Taiwan

El Salvador becomes the third country this year to switch diplomatic recognition to China.

2018/08/20 | Antonio C. Hsiang

Meet the Monarchs and Dictators of Tsai Ing-wen’s ‘Alliance of Democratic Values’

How can Tsai Ing-wen possibly rope her 18 remaining diplomatic allies into a 'democratic coalition' to oppose China when they themselves are hardly functioning democracies?

2018/08/17 | Stellina Chen

CARTOON: China's Million Prisoner Question

China has so far offered only deflections and denials in the face of questions over its mistreatment of millions of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

2018/08/16 | East Asia Forum

Why US-North Korea Peace Negotiations Have Hit a Diplomatic Wall

Diplomatic momentum has hit a standstill as the two sides cannot decide on the implementation of the four articles of the Singapore declaration.

2018/08/15 | Suzanne Pepper

HONG KONG: Independence Activist Andy Chan Defies Beijing with Press Club Talk

Beijing has blasted the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club for allowing activist Andy Chan to speak but its advocates' reasoning casts a more worrying chill.

2018/08/15 | Asia Dialogue

ANALYSIS: The Rise of China's Anti-Foreigner Commercial Nationalism

China has greenlighted a flurry of movies and TV series with nationalist, anti-foreigner themes. The ratings and box office numbers suggest that domestic audiences are gobbling them up.

2018/08/15 | Lo Huei-wen

It’s No BBC: 20 Dismal Years of Taiwan’s Underfunded PTS Public Broadcaster

As Taiwan's public broadcaster forges into the digital age, the government must get serious about funding the network for it to realize its potential.