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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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Mad Dog Mattis on China

Mad Dog Mattis on China

Many are wondering how the nomination of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as the new Secretary of Defense will influence future U.S.-China relations.

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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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Rodrigo Duterte’s Pivot to China

Rodrigo Duterte’s Pivot to China

For Duterte, it is better to solve an Asian geopolitical problem with “no foreign forces”, limiting talks from one “Asian neighbor to another”.

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Japan and South Korea: Towards a Closer Security Cooperation

Japan and South Korea: Towards a Closer Security Cooperation

Japan and South Korea are the most strategically valuable U.S. allies in the region. They are also the most exposed to the North Korean military threat.

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