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2022/06/02 | Voice of America

US, Taiwan Launch New Trade Pact

Biden administration officials said the U.S.-Taiwan deal would boost bilateral digital and clean energy trade and that the two partners would open talks to further technology trade and investments.

2022/06/01 | Randy Mulyanto

With Beijing’s New Envoy Lu Kang in Jakarta, What’s Next for Its Ties With Indonesia?

Indonesia’s upcoming general election in 2024 would be a “testament” to Lu’s ambassadorship, experts say.

2022/06/01 | East Asia Forum

As the World Sanctions Russia, China Takes Note

China’s reliance on the West and its capacity to withstand sanctions will be reduced if it has more control over the financial system. While it is working towards becoming less economically dependent on the West, it is not there yet.

2022/05/31 | Deutsche Welle

Why Young Protesters in Sri Lanka Are Wary of Traditional Politics

Sri Lanka is facing one of the worst economic crises in recent decades, triggering public anger and mass protests, which have fostered unity across ethnic and religious lines.

2022/05/27 | Voice of America

As Biden Leaves Asia, North Korea Launches ICBM, Other Missiles

North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles, including what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, hours after U.S. President left South Korea.

2022/05/26 | Global Voices

What Overseas Chinese Citizens Make Of Xi Jinping’s Resignation Rumours

Some say the rumors are meant to spread a false hope that the CCP could solve the legitimacy crisis of the authoritative political system.

2022/05/25 | The Interpreter

China: The Morrison Legacy and Beyond

Labor is expected to persist with most of the Coalition’s foreign and defense policies. But useful changes can be made.

2022/05/24 | Deutsche Welle

‘Quad’ Talks in Japan Open With Eyes on China and Ukraine

Leaders from the U.S., Japan, India, and Australia are in Tokyo looking to bolster the Indo-Pacific group of major democratic nations. Although China is the Quad’s long term focus, Ukraine’s sure to feature on the agenda.

2022/05/23 | Voice of America

Chinese-language Newspaper: Gunman Mailed Documents Before Attack

World Journal said it did not report on the contents of the mailed materials, instead turning them over to Orange County police for its investigation.

2022/05/20 | The Interpreter

Lies, Damn Lies, and North Korea’s Covid Statistics

Why has Pyongyang suddenly fessed up to an outbreak after years of insisting the virus has been held completely at bay?

2022/05/19 | Deutsche Welle

Are European Academics Helping China’s Military?

An investigation has found that European researchers have cooperated with China's National University of Defense Technology, whose purpose is to “Strengthen the Armed Forces and the Nation.”

2022/05/18 | Voice of America

US Strongly Advocates for Taiwan to Regain WHO Status

The State Department’s renewed support for Taiwan comes days after U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law a bill that directs the secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the WHO.

2022/05/17 | East Asia Forum

Japan’s Reluctant Realism on Taiwan

As a key U.S. ally in East Asia, Japan is debating the introduction of legislation to ready itself to deal with a contingency scenario in Taiwan, a defensive response rather than a proactive military strategy.

2022/05/16 | The Interpreter

What a Marcos Jr Presidency in the Philippines Means for Geopolitics

The Philippines might be Asia’s oldest democracy, but the continued appetite for strongman rule demonstrates a deep ambivalence about liberal democracy’s promises of political equality and rule of law and the likely continuation of the public’s acceptance of the autocratic practices that characterized Duterte’s presidency.

2022/05/13 | Voice of America

China Faces Grim Economic Prospects, Experts Say

Analysts say the slowdown is attributable not only to China’s Covid policies but also to a crackdown on private enterprise, especially in the technology sector.

2022/05/12 | Deutsche Welle

How Russia and China Exploit History to Further Their Interests

The arbitrariness in the way they deal with their own national history helps Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin secure power and justify their policies.

2022/05/10 | Voice of America

Malaysia Suggests ASEAN Engage Myanmar’s Shadow Government

To establish regular, open contact with ASEAN would be a big win for the National Unity Government, which is struggling to show control on the ground and has started to fade from the international spotlight.

2022/05/09 | East Asia Forum

Is This the End of Duterte’s Politically-driven War on Drugs?

The two current leading candidates for president aim to not be labelled “soft on crime,” but wish to de-emphasize what has clearly been a brutal crackdown that has alienated a growing part of the population.