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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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The Kyrgyz presidential elections: domestic and regional dynamics

The Kyrgyz presidential elections: domestic and regional dynamics

The Kyrgyz presidential elections are a positive sign for democracy in the Central Asian region. However, a recent quarrel between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan tarnishes the picture and threatens regional integration efforts. President-elect Zheenbekov is confronted with crucial decisions concerning the formation of a government. The presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan held on ...

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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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North Korea’s Grand Strategy

North Korea’s Grand Strategy

It is easy to brush off North Korea’s behavior as irrational, but the fact that the Kim regime consolidated and has maintained power since 1948 says otherwise. If North Korea was truly an irrational actor, it would not have been able to survive this long. And to have maintained a ...

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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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Are the “Asian Tigers” Hamstrung by Hidden Flaws?

Are the “Asian Tigers” Hamstrung by Hidden Flaws?

With bullish predictions and rhetoric of Asia’s rise we should be careful of buying into years of high economic growth. Asia faces serious challenges.

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Doklam Standoff Highlights India and China’s ‘Great Game’ over Bhutan

Doklam Standoff Highlights India and China’s ‘Great Game’ over Bhutan

As China and India continue to face off over a tiny patch of Himalayan highland, Bhutan is caught in the middle with the dispute as much about Bhutan’s foreign policy as it is about territory.

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Doklam: China’s War Drums and the India-Bhutan Treaty

Doklam: China’s War Drums and the India-Bhutan Treaty

In the last two months there have been rising tensions in the Himalayas between India and China over disputed territories, the world should take notice.

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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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Domestic and Global Shocks of the Growing Water Crisis in China

Domestic and Global Shocks of the Growing Water Crisis in China

China is plagued by a growing water security crisis and its current solutions are far from sufficient. Similar matters have already had global implications.

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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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North Korea’s ICBM Test Jeopardizes Regional Balance of Power

North Korea’s ICBM Test Jeopardizes Regional Balance of Power

North Korea has proven  its determination once again to fulfill its aspiration as a self-proclaimed Nuclear Power State with a new ballistic test on July 27.

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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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