Trump versus the Democrats on China
Politics,Economy,China
By John F. Copper - 13 Jun 2019

Trump versus the Democrats on China

Almost daily the US mainstream media report that the Democratic Party opposes everything President Donald Trump does or wants to do. Everything that is except Trump’s tough stance on trade with China! They agree with it. They even applaud it.
India-Pakistan Relations after Modi’s Re-election
Politics,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 11 Jun 2019

India-Pakistan Relations after Modi’s Re-election

China’s Port Diplomacy Has Not Been Plain Sailing
Politics,Economy,China

By Anita Inder Singh - 10 Jun 2019

China’s Port Diplomacy Has Not Been Plain Sailing

The Shangri-La Dialogue: The Confrontation That Never Was
Politics,Security

The Shangri-La Dialogue: The Confrontation That Never Was

This year’s Shangri-La Dialogue was anticipated to display a region-shaking US-China clash or compromise. Indeed, several analysts predicted “fireworks”. But what actually transpired was “not a bang but an anti-climactic whimper”.
The Shangri-La Dialogue: Great Expectations and the Positives
Politics,Security

The Shangri-La Dialogue: Great Expectations and the Positives

There were great expectations for the annual Track 1.5 Shangri-La Dialogue that was held in June 2019 in Singapore. Many considered it to be a cautiously successful event all round. There were many reasons to support this view.
By Tai Wei Lim - 07 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen’s Three Strategies to Seek Re-election
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen’s Three Strategies to Seek Re-election

In the primary election of the DPP, Tsai is challenged by William Lai, a former Premier of the Executive Yuan. Lai’s popularity rate is higher than Tsai in most polls. It is quite likely that Tsai will fail to win the nomination of DPP and lose the chance of being re-elected in the general election.
By Xiaolin Duan - 06 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
The Iran-Pakistan-India Triangle
Politics,South Asia

The Iran-Pakistan-India Triangle

While India views the Chabahar Port project as a means of bypassing Pakistan, Iran has on more than one occasion spoken about making China and Pakistan part of the Chabahar project.
India-Pakistan Relations: Who Won the Diplomatic War?
Politics,South Asia

India-Pakistan Relations: Who Won the Diplomatic War?

Imran Khan unconditionally announced the release of an Indian pilot who was captured in Pakistani territory. The media was effusive with praise for Khan. The optics would suggest Pakistan won this round. Yet, analysts believed that India had the edge in this entire crisis.
Sri Lanka Bombings and the Spreading Arc of ISIS in India
Politics,South Asia

Sri Lanka Bombings and the Spreading Arc of ISIS in India

A series of blasts in the island country of Sri Lanka targeting three churches and two five-star hotels resulted in the death of 253 people. Given the magnitude of the attack, it could easily be categorized as one of the deadliest in South Asia.
Japan: From the Heisei Period to the Reiwa Reign
Politics,Society,East Asia

Japan: From the Heisei Period to the Reiwa Reign

The new Japanese Emperor Naruhito has been enthroned at the start of a new era known as the Reiwa reign. Due to his failing health and old age, Emperor Akihito decided to step down and retire in favor of his son Crown Prince Naruhito.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 May 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
A Nobel Peace Prize for India’s Election Commission?
Politics,Society,South Asia

A Nobel Peace Prize for India’s Election Commission?

India’s Election Commission has carried out the largest democratic elections in the world by relatively free and fair means. It may be a good time for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the upcoming Peace Prize to India’s Election Commission.
A Conspicuous Innovation in Chinese Jurisprudence: The Advisory Interpretation
Politics,Hotspots,China

A Conspicuous Innovation in Chinese Jurisprudence: The Advisory Interpretation

In late 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress issued an Advisory Interpretation for the very first time. It arose from the intense debate about establishing joint Hong Kong and Mainland immigration facilities at the new Hong Kong High Speed Rail station.
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