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2018/08/20 | Antonio Chun
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.
2018/08/13 | China Brief
Academic Assault on Xi's Policies Hints at Scaled Back Belt and Road
Xi Jinping's Belt and Road has been subjected to a flurry of academic criticism, a sign of brewing discontent over what is seen as excessive spending on 'foreign aid'.
2018/08/10 | The Interpreter
OPINION: China's Soft Power Push Risks Igniting Divides in Singapore
China's efforts to conflate race and national identity could have dangerous ramifications.
2018/08/10 | Policy Forum
OPINION: Asia Can Lead North Korea Human Rights Dialogue
A multilateral, Asian-led human rights discourse with North Korea offers an alternative to failed Western-led approaches.
2018/08/08 | Global Voices
Mahathir's First 100 Days: Only Marginal Progress on Free Speech
Some independent news websites have been unblocked, but a Kuala Lumpur-based journalism organization says 'violations against freedom of expression are still occurring.'
2018/08/07 | Stephen Hsu
OPINION: Money Will Not Placate Taiwan's Wrongfully Convicted
Even if Taiwan grants exonerated death row inmate Cheng Hsing-tse the compensation he is asking for, it will never make up for the years he lost behind prison walls.
2018/08/07 | Policy Forum
ANALYSIS: Japan Is Finally Entering the Indo-Pacific Arena
Japan has hesitated to assert itself in the Indo-Pacific, a region increasingly dominated by Chinese influence. It may want to avoid its tradition 'value-oriented diplomacy' and the temptation to lock horns with China.
2018/08/06 | China Brief
ANALYSIS: Trade War Stalemate Threatens Xi's Stranglehold on Power
Xi's position atop China's political hierarchy may not be in danger, but the trade war with the United States has drawn out internal skeptics of Xi's economic policy. Could change be afoot in Zhongnanhai?
2018/08/02 | The Interpreter
Wild Rumors and Shoddy Vaccines Rifle Through China
Li Keqiang's profile has seemingly been elevated, but has it come at the expense of Xi Jinping? A recap of one of Zhongnanhai's most restless periods in recent memory.
2018/08/02 | The Interpreter
ANALYSIS: Kazakhstan's Grand Entrance onto the World Stage
President Nursultan Nazarbayev has assertively courted Chinese and American alliances while shaking off decades of Russian influence.