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2022/03/18 | East Asia Forum

Can Seoul Court Beijing’s Perception Problem?

While it might be unrealistic for Seoul to completely sever itself from Washington’s global geostrategy, Beijing and Seoul could still reach a modus vivendi on South Korea’s contribution to the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Strategy and its future relationship with the Quad.

2022/03/16 | Voice of America

China Says It Is ‘Not a Party’ to Ukraine Crisis

Media reports emerged that Moscow has requested military and economic assistance from China for its war in Ukraine, which China denied.

2022/03/14 | Voice of America

Chinese Premier to Step Down ahead of Leadership Change

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang compared the increasingly difficult task of managing the economy to climbing a high mountain with “less oxygen.”

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.

2022/03/09 | Deutsche Welle

UN Commissioner To Travel to Xinjiang on Long-delayed China Visit

Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has come under criticism for failing to release a report on Xinjiang commissioned more than three-and-a-half years ago. Human rights activists have been waiting for its publication for months, and called on her to release it without delay.

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.

2022/03/04 | The Interpreter

China Needs To Rethink Its Russia Policy

Beijing may find it difficult to handle this troublesome “no limits” partner.

2022/03/03 | Voice of America

China Positions Itself as Mediator Between Russia, Ukraine

A mediation attempt would divert international attention from China’s controversial goal of unifying with Taiwan, experts say.

2022/03/02 | East Asia Forum

Why Xi Jinping Is Still Willing To Wear the Costs of Zero-Covid

Surging cases, faltering health infrastructure, and a wave of self-isolation in China could produce more acute labor shortages and supply chain disruptions than zero-Covid.

2022/02/28 | Alexander Görlach

Putin and Xi Seek to Remake the World Order

By taking Ukraine, Putin is attempting to annul universal values with “might makes right.”

2022/02/25 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Invokes Emergency Powers Amid Unprecedented Covid-19 Case Numbers

The emergency powers exempt doctors from the mainland from licensing requirements and allow them to treat patients in Hong Kong.

2022/02/24 | Brian Hioe

Reading Putin’s Speech From Taiwan

Putin’s speech on the war’s eve expressed an incoherence that leaves China in an awkward position vis-a-vis its claims on Taiwan.

2022/02/21 | Voice of America

What Happens to Uyghurs After Competing in the Olympics?

“For decades, the stereotypical ‘happily dancing Uyghur’ has served as a puppet of propaganda for China’s official ‘ethnic unity and harmony’ narrative.”

2022/02/10 | The Interpreter

A Foreign Policy Cheat Sheet for South Korea’s Presidential Election

Liberal and conservative candidates bring distinct traits to office. But after polling day, the shackles could come off.

2022/02/08 | Deutsche Welle

US Approves Deal To Boost Taiwan Defense Systems

The US$100 million arms deal is meant to help Taiwan “sustain, maintain, and improve” its air-defense missiles in the face of pressure from China, a U.S. defense agency said.

2022/01/26 | Jonah Walters

The Restoration of Democracy in Honduras Isn’t About China — Or Taiwan

Pundits tend to interpret the victory of any leftwing political force in Latin America as a geopolitical triumph for China — and so an existential threat to Taiwan. But this myopic and self-defeating perspective doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.