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Is Democracy Dying?

Is Democracy Dying?

A man paints over the logo of the Cambodia National Rescue Party at its headquarters in Phnom Penh. Photo: Getty Images. In the days following the dissolution of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), I headed to Phnom Penh to witness the changes on the ground since my last visit over ...

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Daniel Kritenbrink Appointed New U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam

Daniel Kritenbrink Appointed New U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam

New United States Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink arriving at Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi on November 4, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre Here in Da Nang, economic leaders from around the Asia-Pacific region are gathering for this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ summit hosted by the Vietnamese. ...

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China’s Good Samaritans

China’s Good Samaritans

A passerby helps an old man hit by a car, in Beijing September 9, 2014 (Photo/IC) Joseph Nye of Harvard University first coined the term “soft power” in his 1990 book, Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power.  He explored further the notion of soft power in his 2004 ...

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Wisdom of the Crowds on a North Korean Collapse

Wisdom of the Crowds on a North Korean Collapse

    As part of the 69th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day in South Korea, special army soldiers staged a skills demonstration performance at the 2nd Fleet Parade Ground in Pyeongtaek.  (The National/UAE) On October 1, China kicked off its celebration of the ...

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Fish Wars?

Fish Wars?

   Japan Coast Guard security team members display tracking and capture drills in October 2016  (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP, File) The sovereignty of the South China Sea has been hotly debated in recent years among China and the littoral nations (especially the Philippines and Vietnam).  Beijing lays claim to some 90 ...

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In Contrast to the OBOR Fanfare, Japan Quietly Builds Friendships in Vietnam

In Contrast to the OBOR Fanfare, Japan Quietly Builds Friendships in Vietnam

Japan’s reputation for quality infrastructure is well-known in Asia, where Tokyo is hitting back at Beijing’s efforts at economic hegemony.

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Beijing Threatens Hanoi Over Drilling in South China Sea

Beijing Threatens Hanoi Over Drilling in South China Sea

Following threats from Beijing, Vietnamese authorities have ordered a foreign joint venture to abandon its gas-drilling efforts in a disputed area of the South China Sea.

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Soft Power Gain for Taiwan

Soft Power Gain for Taiwan

According to Reporters Without Borders' global rankings last year, Taiwan has now become the freest country on the Asian continent.

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Indonesia Leads the Way on Mapping Fishermen

Indonesia Leads the Way on Mapping Fishermen

At a United Nations conference last month, Indonesia became the first nation to publish the exact location and activity of its commercial fishing flee.

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Using Economic Muscle, Beijing Sways Panama over Taiwan

Using Economic Muscle, Beijing Sways Panama over Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen arriving in Panama City on her first overseas ...

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Chinese General Exits Hanoi Early

Chinese General Exits Hanoi Early

Just when Chinese and Vietnamese relations appeared to be going well, the waters of the South China Sea (and East Sea) may be heating up again.

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Stranded Chemical Tanker Threatens Vietnamese Shores

Stranded Chemical Tanker Threatens Vietnamese Shores

The ship Chemroad Journey, en route to China with some 30,000 tons of chemicals and 27 crew members, has reportedly been grounded on a rocky bottom off the coast of Vietnam.

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Mattis and Inada Draw Fire at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

Mattis and Inada Draw Fire at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

The Shangri-La Dialogue concluded last weekend in Singapore was marked by sharp differences between Washington, Tokyo, and Beijing over the South China Sea.

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Taiwan Turns Further Away from the Mainland

Taiwan Turns Further Away from the Mainland

Taiwanese recently celebrated a decision by a constitutional court granting same-sex marriage. On the more socially conservative mainland, the ruling drew criticism.

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China’s Infrastructure Bank Makes Inroads in Asia

China’s Infrastructure Bank Makes Inroads in Asia

With Beijing holding the majority of AIIB’s voting rights, the bank is seen by analysts as a deliberate effort to pull Asian countries closer into China’s orbit.

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About the Author

Gary Sands
Gary Sands

Gary Sands is a Senior Analyst at Wikistrat, a crowdsourced consultancy, and a Director at Highway West Capital Advisors, a venture capital, project finance and political risk advisory. He has contributed a number of op-eds for Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Washington Times, The Diplomat, The National Interest, International Policy Digest, Asia Times, EurasiaNet, Eurasia Review, Indo-Pacific Review, the South China Morning Post, and the Global Times. He was previously employed in lending and advisory roles at Shell Capital, ABB Structured Finance, and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He earned his Masters of Business Administration in International Business from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Science in Finance at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. He spent six years in Shanghai from 2006-2012, four years in Rio de Janeiro, and is currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. [email protected]

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