Joining the Quad: Fear versus Greed

    By Mark J. Valencia Dec. 15, 2017
    US pressure, both public and private, is forcing each prospective member as well as other players to face some very tough decisions regarding their future relations with China. To the chagrin of the US, their decisions are neither easy nor clear cut.

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    By Romi Jain on Dec. 14, 2017

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    By Richard Cullen on Dec. 13, 2017

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    By Tai Wei Lim on Dec. 11, 2017
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Joining the Quad: Fear versus Greed
Hotspots,China

Joining the Quad: Fear versus Greed

US pressure, both public and private, is forcing each prospective member as well as other players to face some very tough decisions regarding their future relations with China. To the chagrin of the US, their decisions are neither easy nor clear cut.
By Mark J. Valencia   |  Dec.15, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Trudeau’s Visit to China: Prospects for China-Canada Trade Relations
Economy,China

Trudeau’s Visit to China: Prospects for China-Canada Trade Relations

Observers had expected a major breakthrough on the front of trade during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to China in December 2017. Both countries however simply agreed to continue their “exploratory discussions toward a comprehensive trade agreement.”
By Romi Jain  |  Dec.14, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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Tackling the Wave of Homegrown Terrorism
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Tackling the Wave of Homegrown Terrorism

Homegrown terrorists are hard to identify; thus, it is difficult to prevent these outrages. Some of the terrorists, especially the “lone wolves” and those who radicalized themselves, are not directly involved in foreign military training and even have no co-conspirators.
By Yu Fu   |  Dec.08, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations
Politics,Southeast Asia

Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations

Chinese-Filipino relations has reached a new warmth, as China funds Filipino infrastructure-building and its war on drugs while Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte downplays China’s activities on the South China Sea.
By Andrea Chloe Wong   |  Dec.07, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Political Leadership in East Asia
Politics,East Asia

Political Leadership in East Asia

Political succession in East Asia may be an outcome of factional compromises, such as the habatsu factional politics in Japan; or the pre-eminence of one leader, such as the “core leadership” in China; or the anti-nepotism, anti-corruption, and anti-cronyism of South Korea.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Dec.06, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
The Quad and the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

The Quad and the South China Sea

The Trump administration has re-raised the decade-old geopolitical concept of the “Indo-Pacific” region and is proposing and pushing a so-called “Quad,” a potential security arrangement among the four large democracies of India, Australia, Japan, and the US.
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Dec.05, 2017  |  1 comments Read more...
Nepal’s Puzzling New Poltical Equation
Politics,South Asia

Nepal’s Puzzling New Poltical Equation

The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified, Marxist and Leninist, the Nepal Communist Party-Maoist, and the Naya Shakti Party, formed an alliance for an upcoming election. However, the Naya Shakti party exited shortly after and aligned instead with the Nepali Congress party.
By Rishi Gupta   |  Dec.04, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
How Much Will the South China Sea Remain Critical for China-US Relations?
Hotspots,China

How Much Will the South China Sea Remain Critical for China-US Relations?

Although Chinese President Xi Jinping had mentioned China’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea in his 19th Party Congress report as a domestic issue that didn’t pertain to external actors, US President Donald Trump did not offer any pushback during his Asia tour.
By Nong Hong  |  Dec.01, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Strongman Politics in East Asia
East Asia

Strongman Politics in East Asia

The strongman leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping has drawn partners to his style of leadership. Partners include other strongmen in the world like President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and President Donald Trump of the US.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Nov.30, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
The Debate Regarding US Navigation Policy in the South China Sea: Another Perspective
Hotspots

The Debate Regarding US Navigation Policy in the South China Sea: Another Perspective

PacNet, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, recently carried a debate between Stanford scholar Donald Emmerson and Harvard-affiliated scholar Andrew Taffer focusing on the US practice of “fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.”
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Nov.29, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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Trump’s “Kill the Terrorists” Speech Shows Holes in US-Afghan Policy

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Trudeau’s Visit to China: Prospects for China-Canada Trade Relations

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A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations

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Nepal’s Puzzling New Poltical Equation

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Cross-Strait Relations: Chinese Perspectives after the 19th Party Congress

Tackling the Wave of Homegrown Terrorism

Tackling the Wave of Homegrown Terrorism

The Still Growing US Trade Deficit with China: Whose Fault?

The Still Growing US Trade Deficit with China: Whose Fault?

Why is Pakistan Distancing Itself from the US?

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The Debate Regarding US Navigation Policy in the South China Sea: Another Perspective

The Debate Regarding US Navigation Policy in the South China Sea: Another Perspective

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Burundi and the International Criminal Court

US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip

US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip

India-Pakistan Relations: Beyond the Security Narrative

India-Pakistan Relations: Beyond the Security Narrative

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