Can Taiwan Officials and Politicians Play a Role in the Chinese Mainland?
Politics,China,East Asia
By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 23 Jun 2017

Can Taiwan Officials and Politicians Play a Role in the Chinese Mainland?

In September 1981, Ye Jianying of the CPC laid down the famous nine-point proposal. The fifth point states that “The Taiwan authorities and representatives from all walks of life may serve as leadership positions in the national political institutions and participate in state administration.”
New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers
Politics,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Jun 2017

New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers

China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?
Politics,East Asia

By John F. Copper - 20 Jun 2017

China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?

Hong Kong, 20 Years After the Reunion
Politics,East Asia

Hong Kong, 20 Years After the Reunion

July 1, 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1997 return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty. The biggest bump in the journey led to the Umbrella Movement and inspired the emergence of fringe elements fighting for the unrealistic goal of Hong Kong independence.  
Trump’s Taiwan Policy: What Now?
Politics,East Asia

Trump’s Taiwan Policy: What Now?

After nearly six months of seeing giant shifts in one direction and then the other in Donald Trump’s Taiwan policy, many observers are wondering what is to come next. There are plenty of good reasons to believe that Trump wants to keep the status quo.
Moon Jae-in’s Election: Hope for the Korean Peninsula?
Politics,East Asia

Moon Jae-in’s Election: Hope for the Korean Peninsula?

With nuclear tension escalating in the Korean Peninsula, it is anticipated that South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in will foster warmer ties with North Korea. There is possibility of peace and stability if Moon is able to translate his intentions into reality.
By Bawa Singh - 31 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership
Economy,China,East Asia

Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership

On May 15, 2017, Japan signaled its intention to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiated by Beijing. The condition is for the AIIB to address Japan’s concerns about the environmental impact of AIIB-funded projects and other matters.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
South Korea’s Presidential Election and its Implications
Politics,East Asia

South Korea’s Presidential Election and its Implications

On May 9, 2017, South Koreans overwhelmingly selected Moon Jae-in as their next leader. What are the implications for the Korean Peninsula crisis and the region? Of greater concern to voters were their perceptions of the need to regulate the private sector conglomerates.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia
Politics,East Asia

Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia

The Trump administration in its first 100 days has indicated its obligations to its network of allies and friends by focusing on mitigating or resolving the nuclear crisis in North Korea. The US is also working with China in contributing to the resolution of the standoff.
By Tai Wei Lim - 08 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Will Taiwanese Sacrifice Themselves for Their Country?
Politics,East Asia

Will Taiwanese Sacrifice Themselves for Their Country?

Cao Changqing is a commentator in Taiwan who often sides with the Democratic Progressive Party in criticizing China. Would he be willing to be the first martyr to die for the sake of creating the Republic of Taiwan? It is very, very doubtful.
The Threat of a Nuclear War Today
Security,East Asia

The Threat of a Nuclear War Today

With 14,900 nuclear weapons in the world, Global Zero reports that “even a minor nuclear conflict — one that uses only a fraction of the nuclear weapons currently in existence — could wreak havoc on the global climate and affect billions of people.”  
Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea

Taking into consideration brief moments of hopeful peace in the past in the Korean Peninsula, there is a chance for peace in the current crisis and a return to the earlier state of functionalist constructivist cooperation if all stakeholders show the political will to do so.
By Tai Wei Lim - 01 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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