Asia

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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Political Training Under the Belt and Road Initiative: A Look at the Chinese Communist Party’s First Party School in Africa

In June this year, Xi Jinping replied to a letter from attendees of a political training workshop at a party cadre school in Tanzania. The swift reply from Xi demonstrates the importance the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) attaches to...

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America Should Walk the Walk in the Taiwan Strait

As soon as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plane took off from Taipei on August 3, the Chinese military initiated a days-long military response to punish Taiwan for crossing a perceived “red line.” The People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command...

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Speaker Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip: What It Meant and What Comes Next?

Editor’s Note: On August 12, director of FPRI’s Asia Program Jacques deLisle, FPRI senior fellow Shelley Rigger, and Jude Blanchette discussed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan.  Carol “Rollie” Flynn: Good morning or good afternoon, depending on where...

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Deficit Trap?: Trade Balances and China’s Belt and Road Initiative

“Senseless and baseless.” That was how a top Chinese official described claims that China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which officially launched in 2013, had caused economic hardship in developing countries. Indeed, much has been written about the potential...

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Japan-Russia Relations After the Russian-Ukrainian War

Technically, Japan and Russia are still at war. Although Japan surrendered to the Allies in September 1945, ending World War II, Moscow and Tokyo have never signed an official peace treaty. A territorial dispute over four islands between Japan’s...

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Hong Kong Two Years After the Passage of the National Security Act

Three years ago, roughly two million of Hong Kong’s seven million residents took to the streets to protest against a bill that would have allowed its residents to be extradited to China to be tried under its laws. Police...

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Believe Biden When He Says America Will Defend Taiwan

During a press conference in Tokyo on May 23, a reporter asked President Joseph Biden, “Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?” The president responded with a clear answer: “Yes ....

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India’s Neutrality and Strategic Relations with China, Russia, and the West

India has long prided itself on its strategically independent or non-aligned foreign policy.  But the 2022 Russian-Ukrainian War has put India’s approach to strategic independence under an international spotlight.  Although Indian leaders have often stated that their country’s strategic...

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Strategies Behind China and the Asia-Pacific’s Military Base Construction

Military bases are no rarity in the Asia-Pacific.  That is hardly a surprise given the frequency and length of conflicts that were waged across the region for much of the twentieth century.  But, in the decade-and-a-half after the Cold...

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