Taiwan’s Defense Budget: Promises Made, Promises Not Kept
Politics,East Asia
By John F. Copper - 26 Jul 2018

Taiwan’s Defense Budget: Promises Made, Promises Not Kept

Since early 2016 when Tsai Ing-wen became president and her party, the Democratic Progressive Party, took control of the legislature, Taiwan’s defense spending has been below par. It has also been lower than Tsai promised.
A New Stride in India-South Korea Relations
Economy,East Asia,South Asia

By Rishi Gupta - 24 Jul 2018

A New Stride in India-South Korea Relations

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Reframing of Human Rights Discourse Might Help
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Rachael M. Rudolph - 23 Jul 2018

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Reframing of Human Rights Discourse Might Help

The New Status Quo in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Dispute?
Politics,China,East Asia

The New Status Quo in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Dispute?

In May 2018, China and Japan agreed to start operating a maritime and air liaison mechanism, aiming to avert accidental clashes and avoid military misunderstanding and misjudgment in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.
By Xiaolin Duan - 18 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
North Korea’s Denuclearization: Echoes of China’s Reform and Opening-up?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Echoes of China’s Reform and Opening-up?

For Beijing, the denuclearization drama playing out on the Korean Peninsula has strong parallels with China’s own reform and opening-up process led by Deng Xiaoping beginning in 1978.
Chinese and Japanese Investment in ASEAN: From Competition to Cooperation?
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Chinese and Japanese Investment in ASEAN: From Competition to Cooperation?

ASEAN’s plans to strengthen connectivity has prompted and heightened competition between the two Asian giants of China and Japan, particularly in the areas of infrastructure financing and high-speed rail construction.
By Hong Zhao - 16 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Three Xi-Kim Meetings in China: What Did They Discuss?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Three Xi-Kim Meetings in China: What Did They Discuss?

What did Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un discuss during the three Xi-Kim meetings in China? The three meetings showed the immense importance of Beijing to the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Rising Number of Chinese Tourists to Japan
Economy,East Asia

Rising Number of Chinese Tourists to Japan

Chinese tourists to Japan are on the rise. In 2017, 26 percent of Japan’s total visitor arrivals came from China. A weak Japanese yen, rise of budget airlines, China’s easing of outbound tourism, Japan’s visa deregulation and a growing Chinese middle class are the reasons.
Asia-Pac’s Top Security Meetings: The Xiangshan Forum and the Shangri-La Dialogue
Security,East Asia

Asia-Pac’s Top Security Meetings: The Xiangshan Forum and the Shangri-La Dialogue

The Xiangshan Forum and the Shangri-La Dialogue are two of the most important security dialogues regionally and globally. The Xiangshan Forum was inaugurated in 2006 and it became a Track 1.5 event in 2015. The Shangri-La Dialogue has been going strong as well.
China-Japan Relations: Warm in Politics and Cold in Economics
Politics,Economy,East Asia

China-Japan Relations: Warm in Politics and Cold in Economics

Japan’s investment in China and bilateral trade have suffered setbacks in recent years. Unlike the slowing down of economic relations, the new geopolitical situation has encouraged the leaders from the two countries to seek more intimate diplomatic ties.
China is Key to Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

China is Key to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

To facilitate peace on the Korean Peninsula, North and South Korea and the US are not the only critical actors. Russia, Japan and China are also strategically significant, but it is China which will be the most crucial for the US in the next phase of facilitating real peace.
Trump-Kim Summit: Singapore as Inspiration for the North Korean Economy?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Trump-Kim Summit: Singapore as Inspiration for the North Korean Economy?

Beyond the Sentosa agreement, what could potentially be significant about Kim Jong-un’s visit to Singapore is how it could mirror Deng Xiaoping’s pivotal 1978 Singapore visit. Could Kim Jong-un be inspired to implement a similar economic reform program for North Korea?
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