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2019/09/23 | The Interpreter
Did China Win the Pacific Race by Snatching Solomon and Kiribati?
Behind Taiwan's loss of diplomatic allies, what have China, Australia, and the U.S. each gained or lost over last week's Pacific drama?
2019/09/20 | 破土 New Bloom
OPINION: Annette Lu Belongs In the Dustbin of History
Annette Lu is a politician of the yesterday who's still sticking around past her given screen time. 0-
2019/09/20 | David Evans
Losing Solomon Islands and Kiribati Could Work to Taiwan's Advantage
The Solomon Islands and Kiribati have both switched allegiance from Taiwan to China, but is it really a loss for Taiwan?
Hong Kong Protests Revive the Spirit of the Arab Spring
Hongkongers have been resisting the authorities for over 100 days, inspiring many around the world to keep fighting for democracy and human rights. Hong Kong's movement is essentially a continuation of the spirit of the Arab Spring.
2019/09/19 | Paul Huang
Who Is Annette Lu and Why Is She Running for Taiwan's President?
Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) declared her run for Taiwan's 2020 presidential election just minutes before Terry Gou dropped out of the race, a decision that shocked the Taiwanese media and public. Who is she and why is she joining the presidential race now?
2019/09/19 | The Conversation
How Technology Turned Its Back on Uyghurs
When the Chinese government first implemented cellphone networks in Xinjiang, social media platforms like WeChat became a major communication tool for Uyghurs — but it turned out to be a trap.
2019/09/17 | Daniel Kao
Why Hong Kong Should Keep Defending Its Democracy
Why are Hongkongers desperately fighting for democracy? For those living in the shadow of an authoritarian regime, democracy represents societal progress in terms of wealth, education, human rights and more.
2019/09/17 | New Mandala
The Dual Fronts of Myanmar's Authoritarianism
In Myanmar, democracy is interpreted in a different capacity where diversity does not matter.
2019/09/16 | The Conversation
Joker Represents the Absurdity and Horror of Our Times
Clownish figures have surged in popularity both in cinema and in politics. What does this imply for our society?
2019/09/12 | Michael Beltran
Duterte Shoved the Philippines Further Into the Dragon's Mouth
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth visit to Beijing resulted in a failure to assert territorial claims, again.
2019/09/12 | Adam Hatch
How Can We Transform Taiwan Into a Bilingual Country?
The Taiwanese government is determined to improve the country's English competency in the next decade. Beyond education, what kind of policy changes are necessary to facilitate the reform?
2019/09/11 | The Interpreter
State Propaganda Tops Cat Videos on Chinese Social Media Platforms
Chinese youth don't always pay attention to traditional media outlets like CCTV, but their frequently used digital platforms are now filled with state propaganda tailored based on their user data.
2019/09/10 | 破土 New Bloom
OPINION: Taiwan Has Failed Hongkongers on Political Asylum
After Joshua Wong's visit to Taiwan, the DPP has taken no action to establish asylum measures to accommodate the young protesters in Hong Kong.
2019/09/09 | Andrew Maxey
How Should Taiwan Fix Its Broken Conscription System?
Under China's increasing military threats, Taiwan's current conscription system only requires draftees to serve for 4 months without any substantial training. How would Taiwan respond to conflicts with an undertrained military?
2019/09/09 | The Conversation
How Are the Hong Kong Police Trained for Riot Control?
Historically, Hong Kong police have responded to riots with a paramilitary mentality. The trust that was rebuilt between the police and the public since 1967 is destroyed again in the recent anti-extradition movement.
2019/09/06 | FORTUNE
US-China Trade War Could Setback Global Sustainability Efforts
If the U.S.-China trade war continues, China's efforts to go green will be negated and the impact will spread globally.
2019/09/05 | The Conversation
India's New Law to Protect Muslim Women Divides Feminist Groups
India passed a law criminalizing "triple talaq" — the controversial Muslim practice of instant divorce — and making it punishable with up to three years in prison. But Muslim women in the country are divided over the court ruling.
2019/09/04 | East Asia Forum
China's Labor Reforms Dwindle After Government Crackdown
Space for Chinese workers to organize labor rights movement has been narrowed to its slimmest in the last decade.