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2022/10/06 | East Asia Forum

Okinawa’s Elections Expose Problems With Military Coexistence

Okinawa’s role in Japanese security was reinforced by China’s military drills in the Taiwan Strait following U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

2022/03/08 | The Interpreter

Reading Southeast Asia on Ukraine

Russia’s invasion has unified the West with new clarity, yet exposed ambiguity and uncertainty in Southeast Asia.

2022/07/12 | The Conversation

Shinzo Abe’s Killing: The History of Political Violence in Japan

Shinzo Abe’s murder is the latest political attack in Japan, a country which has strict gun laws.

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.

2022/12/09 | East Asia Forum

Dwindling Economic Opportunities for China’s Youth Fuels Discontent

Without addressing high levels of youth unemployment, China will see a generation of lost youth who may look for disruptive ways to voice their despair.

2022/10/11 | The Interpreter

Come What May, North Korea Perseveres

No manner of sanctions appears to dent Pyongyang’s determination to remain solitary and nuclear armed.

2022/01/11 | The Interpreter

Kip-to-Currency?

Laos, one of Asia’s tiny communist nations is looking at blockchain to fuel an economic boom.

2022/03/29 | The Interpreter

How the Marcos Family Could Rule Again in the Philippines

In a country where the average age is 25, has collective memory been washed of the nation’s iron-fisted kleptocrat?

2022/09/08 | East Asia Forum

Malaysia’s Institutional Uncertainty

Despite graft conviction, Najib Razak’s return to power could be imaginable given the power dynamics in UMNO. As a first step, he is now seeking a pardon from the king.

2022/06/09 | The Interpreter

Thailand Seeking to Profit From a Global Food Crisis

The war in Ukraine has highlighted weaknesses in Thailand’s policymaking and prompted cartel behavior … again.

2022/03/11 | The Interpreter

What the Ukraine Crisis Means for the Indo-Pacific

Beijing’s support for Russia comes with downsides for the region, not least a hit to global markets.

2022/05/04 | East Asia Forum

Unraveling the Controversies of Chinese Foreign Aid

China’s new aid and security pact with the Solomon Islands is the latest case to raise the question of whether Chinese aid is developmental or a political.

2022/07/26 | The Interpreter

Dizzy With Success: Xi Consolidates Repression in Xinjiang

An “inspection tour” signals Beijing’s odious grip on the region and determination to control people’s identity.

2022/03/23 | TNL Research

Data Analytics Vital for Understanding Asian Video Streaming Market

Overview of Taiwan’s VOD market in 2021 Q3, YouTube continues to be the leading platform, reaching approximately 15 million viewers per month. The audience profile of online video is about half male and half female, and more than half are over 45 years old.

2022/11/08 | East Asia Forum

Developing Asia Adapts to the Dollar’s Strength

A strong U.S. dollar will likely continue for the near future. Asian economies need to prepare for a rough 2023.

2022/01/14 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Jakarta Enjoys Deep Culinary Connection With China

For centuries, Indonesians and the Chinese have had a long, complicated relationship. But in Jakarta, they mingled and intermarried — and so did their cuisines.