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Pro-democracy Field Faces Uphill Battle in HK Elections Despite Show of Unity

Suzanne Pepper

Special by-elections to fill seats vacated by 'oath-breaking' politicians banned by Beijing highlight the challenges faced by pro-democracy advocates in the territory.


Macau Elections Suggest Lessons for Hong Kong

Suzanne Pepper

Recent election results from Macau, itself a special administrative region of China like Hong Kong, showed an upswell in support for pro-democracy, anti-establishment candidates.


Peering into Taiwan's Post-Blue Political Future

Politics abhors a vacuum, and with the KMT struggling for support there is scope for a new opposition to mount a challenge to the DPP's grip of Taiwan's national politics. But who will lead it and where will they come from? Courtney Donovan Smith forecasts Taiwan's political future.


Buying Votes in the Mountains: Taiwan Politics Again Marred By Corruption

Central News Agency

A KMT legislator was sentenced to jail after being found guilty of vote-buying.


Moon Victory Imminent in South Korea

Kyle Pope

As liberal Moon Jae-in looks set to grab the South Korean presidency, Kyle Pope examines the politics that got him into pole position.


Sectarian Schisms to Decide Jakarta’s Election?

Edward Aspinall

If ethnic and religious sectarian politics push Ahok’s opponent over the line, it would bode poorly for the future of Indonesia’s pluralistic democracy.


Cambodia: Towards Single Party Dictatorship?

Sorpong Peou

'Cambodia’s ruling party is seeking to shore up its chances of electoral success with recent changes to the rules governing political parties,' Sorpong Peou writes.


Hong Kong Election: A Choice Between Lesser Evils

Steven Yet

If Beijing continues to run a shallow election, picking a ‘lesser evil’ is just another façade.


China Needs Legal Reform Before More Elections

John Kennedy

China needs to implement legal reforms before its village elections can be considered a democratic process.

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