East Asia


The Errors of Nato’s East Asia Engagement

East Asia Forum

NATO's engagement in East Asia to counter China's influence is seen as a misguided and potentially dangerous strategy that could increase tensions and bind China and Russia together.


Japan’s Reluctant Realism on Taiwan

East Asia Forum

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.


Covid in Asia: The Immediate Payoff of Donating Vaccines

The Interpreter

The latest Lowy Institute Asia Power Index shows China and India received markedly less goodwill than other major donors, despite giving significant numbers of doses in total.


OPINION: Canada Must Develop a Coherent East Asia Maritime Strategy

Adam P MacDonald

Deployments of Royal Canadian Navy ships to East Asia suggest a willingness to influence the region, but Canada must define a clear policy objective amid tension between the U.S. and China.


What is China's End Game in East Asian Order?

Huang Jing

Given the rapid, ongoing changes in strategic balance throughout the region, it remains to be seen whether China’s strategic diplomacy in Southeast Asia can really deliver what Beijing desires.


Trump's Wrecking Ball Hits US–Asia Relations

T J Pempel

'By the six-month mark, the Trump administration is well on its way to upending 70 years of regional partnerships, institutional allegiances and soft power appeal through cavalier neglect and wilful destruction.'


Trump Stabilized East Asia by Striking Syria

Lionel Fatton

If cruise missiles may bring chaos in the Middle East, they are delivering peace in East Asia. The Trump administration’s decision to strike the Syrian regime is helping reassure Asian allies anxious over North Korea.


Book Review: Marriage Migration in Asia: Emerging Minorities at the Frontiers of Nation-States

Amal Shahid

In Marriage Migration in Asia: Emerging Minorities at the Frontiers of Nation-States, editor Sari K. Ishii brings together contributors to explore new and emerging patterns of transnational marriage migration in East and Southeast Asia. This book is a valuable contribution to research that complicates many existing assumptions – such as the perception that it is mainly women from poorer countries who move to marry men in the more prosperous north – and highlights the need for greater legal protection for marriage migrants and their families, finds Amal Shahid.


HK Youth Suicides Spark Calls for Fresh Look at Academic Pressure

Rosemary Chen

Two secondary school students in Hong Kong committed suicide within a 24-hour time span this week.


Japan's Perilous Russian Rapprochement

Dmitry Filippov

Abe should not lose sight of the perils of a charm offensive with Moscow, especially in the wake of the Donald Trump victory, argues Dmitry Flippov.

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