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Pro-China Groups Protest Taiwan President’s U.S. Visit

Pro-China Groups Protest Taiwan President’s U.S. Visit

The protest received little attention in the U.S. but was widely reported in China as evidence of “overseas Chinese” support for Beijing’s “one-China” policy.

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Vietnam Hedging by Dredging in the South China Sea

Vietnam Hedging by Dredging in the South China Sea

Hanoi has been actively fortifying its key holdings in the Spratlys, including the construction of a runway, tunnels and bunkers to defend its territory against China.

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Taiwan’s President and Pro-China Opposition Leader both Plan U.S. Visits

Taiwan’s President and Pro-China Opposition Leader both Plan U.S. Visits

Tensions between Taiwan and mainland China will come to the U.S. this month, just in time for Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States.

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Japan Outpaces U.S. in Race to Enlist Russia to Balance China

Japan Outpaces U.S. in Race to Enlist Russia to Balance China

U.S.-Russian hostilities have decreased U.S. strategic options with respect to China, enabling Shinzo Abe’s own Russian diplomacy to be more fruitful.

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Japan’s Defense Minister Visits ‘War Crimes Shrine’ Following Pearl Harbor Trip

Japan’s Defense Minister Visits ‘War Crimes Shrine’ Following Pearl Harbor Trip

The visit sparked anger among the country’s neighbors—particularly China and South Korea—that suffered under Japanese occupation during World War II.

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‘Eastward Ho’ for India-led South Asia?

‘Eastward Ho’ for India-led South Asia?

Trade blocs are often instruments of geopolitics. India’s cooperation with the South Asian nations east of Pakistan plays witness to this age-old truism.

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Beijing’s ‘One-China Policy’ is an Authoritarian Absurdity

Beijing’s ‘One-China Policy’ is an Authoritarian Absurdity

Let’s get real: Taiwan has never been a part of the People’s Republic of China. Nor do most of its citizens have any interest in being part of the PRC.

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Chinese Censorship Comes to Miss World Pageant

Chinese Censorship Comes to Miss World Pageant

Lin was banned from participating in the 2015 pageant held in China and has now been barred from speaking on human rights at this year’s contest in the U.S.

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Junaid Jamshed: Pakistan’s Bridge

Junaid Jamshed: Pakistan’s Bridge

Junaid Jamshed was simultaneously a modern 20-something, bringing music to the youth in Pakistan, and a preacher speaking to the religiously fervent.

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Crazy, or Crazy Enough to Work? India’s Financial Shakeup

Crazy, or Crazy Enough to Work? India’s Financial Shakeup

Narendra Modi turned his country’s economy upside down by banning its two most common bank notes in an effort to combat the proliferation of “black money”.

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The Alarming Dependency of Downstream Mekong River Countries

The Alarming Dependency of Downstream Mekong River Countries

In downstream Vietnam, experts claim as much as 50% of the 2.2 million hectares of arable land in the delta had been hit by salinization due to the drought.

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Singapore vs. Global Times: Analysis of Two Logics

Singapore vs. Global Times: Analysis of Two Logics

A dispute between the Singaporean Ambassador to China and the chief editor of Global Times broke out recently. The incident spoke volumes on the two countries’ thinking and logic.

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Obama’s Uncertain Legacy to the Asia-Pacific Region

Obama’s Uncertain Legacy to the Asia-Pacific Region

Despite Obama’s efforts to design a new vision and engagement, able to reframe the US role and interests in the region, limited results have been achieved.

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What Does Trump’s “Pivot” Back To South Korea Mean For His Foreign Policy?

What Does Trump’s “Pivot” Back To South Korea Mean For His Foreign Policy?

While campaigning, Trump argued that the U.S. should no longer pay for Seoul’s defense. As president-elect, he has reversed his claim.

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Seoul’s Aggressive Plan to Combat Illegal Fishing

Seoul’s Aggressive Plan to Combat Illegal Fishing

Waters are heating up again in Asia, as Chinese fisherman came under fire last Tuesday some 92 kilometers southwest of South Korea’s Socheong Island.

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