The Japanese White Paper on North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Aug 2017

The Japanese White Paper on North Korea

The recent Japanese Defense White Paper warns of threats from North Korea arising from Pyongyang’s continued missile tests. 20 rounds of tests meant that the Kim Jong Un regime fired more missiles than his father’s regime did (an estimated 16 missiles in total) in 18 years.
Women’s Social Progress as Seen in the Japanese Mass Media
Society,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Aug 2017

Women’s Social Progress as Seen in the Japanese Mass Media

The State of Coal Industry in Northeast Asia
Economy,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 10 Aug 2017

The State of Coal Industry in Northeast Asia

India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond

The India-Japan Nuclear Deal came into force on July 20, 2017. With the deal, Japan can export nuclear power plant technology to India and help India with nuclear waste management. They can also jointly manufacture nuclear power plant equipment.
American Tianxia: A Chinese Term for American Power
Politics,East Asia

American Tianxia: A Chinese Term for American Power

Contemporary East Asia seems to resemble much more an American tianxia than a Chinese one. And not just East Asia. America’s NATO allies are tightly integrated into US-centered security institutions, and the European Union is in effect controlled by NATO countries.
Emerging India-Japan-Africa Triangular Cooperation
Economy,East Asia,South Asia

Emerging India-Japan-Africa Triangular Cooperation

India and Japan have joined hands in engaging in economic diplomacy with Africa and the rest of Asia, with the goal of social and economic development of the developing countries in these two continents.
An Electronic and Cyber Warfare Doctrine to Contain North Korea’s Provocations
Security,Cyberspace,East Asia

An Electronic and Cyber Warfare Doctrine to Contain North Korea’s Provocations

Through a strategic doctrine of electronic and cyber warfare containment, it would be possible for certain strategically significant actors to contain North Korea, while other strategically significant actors simultaneously work toward a peaceful resolution to the issue.
Japan Warms Up to China and Approves Anti-Terror Bill
China,East Asia

Japan Warms Up to China and Approves Anti-Terror Bill

Pro-Beijing factions in Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party see an AIIB membership as a way to improve Sino-Japanese relations but those who oppose it may be worried about rivalry with the Asian Development Bank.
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Can Taiwan Officials and Politicians Play a Role in the Chinese Mainland?
Politics,China,East Asia

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

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

Former PM Lee Hae-chan have been given presidential orders by Moon Jae-in to conduct diplomacy with China, and media industry tycoon Hong Seok-hyun has been dispatched to the US to have a dialogue with US officials about the Korean Peninsula crisis.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Jun 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?
Politics,East Asia

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

On June 13, 2017, China and Panama jointly announced they had established formal diplomatic relations, and Panama declared it was breaking ties with Taiwan. The reaction in Taiwan reflected more hurt and anger than usual over the exit of a friend and “ally.”
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.  
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