Asia

Taiwan’s Reckoning with the White Terror

Abstract This article is an abbreviated version of a monograph published in 2019, titled “Transitional Justice in Taiwan: A Belated Reckoning with ...

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The Next Front: China and Indonesia in the South China Sea

“There is no territorial dispute between Indonesia and China,” has been an often-heard refrain from Indonesia’s leaders for decades. But reality belies the statement. While there may be no land dispute between China and Indonesia, there certainly is a...

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Myanmar in China’s Embrace

China’s challenge to America and its drive for global primacy will dominate international politics for the foreseeable future. This contest will play out across the full spectrum of international affairs: economics, politics, science and technology, ideology—and geographic/territorial control. With...

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The Future of the Kuomintang in Taiwan: Reform, Recalibrate, or Stay the Course?

Once again, the future of Kuomintang (KMT), the political party headed by Chiang Kai-shek for decades and that favors a closer relationship with Mainland China, is in doubt due to the results of the recent presidential and legislative elections...

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A Faint Breeze of Change: Malaysia’s Relations with China

The relationship between Malaysia and China is not without conflict, though an outside observer could be forgiven for not realizing it. That is because Malaysia has long kept its differences with China discreet. One point of contention has been...

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China in the 2020 Campaign: Missing in Action

It has long been a truism in American politics that elections focus almost entirely on issues of domestic policy while foreign policy is barely mentioned. As a result, we elect presidents with hardly a clue as to how...

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North Korea, December 2019: Business as Usual, but Pyongyang is Worse Off

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that hopes of a deal between the US and North Korea appear to be ...

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Pork Apocalypse: African Swine Fever and the U.S.-China Trade War

In December 2019, China announced that it would waive its high tariffs on American pork for Chinese importers.  Beijing portrayed ...

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The Odd Couple: Singapore’s Relations with China

In November 2016, China seized nine armored vehicles that Singapore had shipped through Hong Kong on their return from a training exercise on Taiwan. A day after the seizure, China’s foreign ministry announced that “the Chinese government has always...

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Combatting the Belt and Road Initiative Beyond 2019

Abstract After its launch in 2013, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) took the world by storm. Originally hailed as ...

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