Asia

Mr. Kishida Goes to Washington, And What it Means for the United States

Kishida Is Warmly Welcomed in Washington Japanese Prime Minister Kishida’s visit to the United States—on the less than auspicious day of Friday the 13th—was a triumph for the prime minister, whose favorability ratings had slumped due to the financial...

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On the Horns of a Dilemma: Will Corruption Bring Down the Chinese Communist Party?

  Executive Summary When the People’s Republic of China’s president and Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping took power in 2012, he publicly acknowledged that the Party faced an existential crisis from pervasive corruption at all levels of...

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Japan’s New National Security Strategy Is Making Waves

A revolution for Japanese security policy seems to be underway. With the release of its new National Security Strategy (NSS), Japan has sparked headlines claiming that the country is “abandoning pacifism” and committing to its “largest military buildup since...

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U.S.-Japan-Taiwan Dialogue: Deterrence, Defense, and Trilateral Cooperation

  DISCLAIMER: The dialogue discussed in this report was sponsored by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency and their Strategic Trends Research Initiative (STRI) program. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect...

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The New Japan-Australia Security Agreement

More than Koalas The Oct. 22 meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Perth mostly made the news thanks to the peculiarly Australian greeting awaiting the Japanese prime minister, a hug with...

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Xi’s Gotta Have It: China’s 20th Party Congress Was as Expected, Only More So

Bottom Line The 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party confirmed China’s turn, during the Xi Jinping era, to concentration of power in the hands of the top leader, dominance of the party over the state, economy and...

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The Chinese Communist Party’s 20th Party Congress: What Happened…and Didn’t

Bottom Line Xi Jinping is aware of major problems that will hinder China’s ability to reach wealthy nation status but presents no clear blueprint other than self-purification of the party for solving them China’s assertive international policies are likely...

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The New US National Security Strategy: Four Takeaways for Asia Policy

Editor’s Note This is the second in a series on the Biden administration’s National Security Strategy. The first essay examines President Joe Biden’s grand strategy.  Bottom Line The new National Security Strategy (NSS) explicitly prioritizes China and the Indo-Pacific...

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The Uses and Abuses of the UN’s ‘China Resolution’

Editor’s Note: The People’s Republic of China asserts that UN General Assembly Resolution 2758—which gave Beijing the “Chinese seat” at the United Nations—adopts the country’s “One China Principle” and that member states thereby accepted that Taiwan is a part...

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Why Japan Needs to Talk to Taiwan

With China’s 20th National Congress approaching, Xi Jinping is expected to extend his tenure by another five years, making him the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. Xi has stated that he will pursue reunification by 2049 as...

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