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Duterte’s Friendly Visit to Vietnam

Duterte’s Friendly Visit to Vietnam

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte latest rants have caused international concern, resulting in capital flight and drops in the stockmarket and currency.

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Disputed Islands and Clashing Powers: Explaining Sino-Japanese Tensions

Disputed Islands and Clashing Powers: Explaining Sino-Japanese Tensions

Ties between China and Japan remain tense after having deteriorated over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea, a result of Beijing’s assertiveness in the region.

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The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 2

The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 2

The Indian subcontinent is chequered with a history of border disputes and issues regarding transnational ethnic and religious groups.

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The Fall of North Korea: A Wikistrat Crowdsourced Simulation

The Fall of North Korea: A Wikistrat Crowdsourced Simulation

Drawing from the opinions of 70 analysts, the simulation “gamed out” the various pathways to collapse and the response of major actors in the region.

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The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 1

The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 1

Heightened tensions between India and Pakistan threaten to add the upcoming SAARC Summit to the long list of failed attempts at cooperation in South Asia.

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The Philippines’ Improved Russian and Chinese Ties Increase Leverage with U.S.

The Philippines’ Improved Russian and Chinese Ties Increase Leverage with U.S.

By seeking to improve ties with both China and Russia, the Philippines aims to enhance its bargaining position with the U.S.

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New Delhi Offers $500 million Credit Line to Hanoi for Defense

New Delhi Offers $500 million Credit Line to Hanoi for Defense

In the face of China’s continued assertiveness, other nations are partnering up to increase defense cooperation, including Vietnam and India.

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China Censors Warn against Promotion of “Western Lifestyles” on TV

China Censors Warn against Promotion of “Western Lifestyles” on TV

Wishing to appear strong and confident, China’s rulers only reveal their own weakness and fear through such absurd ideological campaigns.

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Prof. Toshi Yoshihara on the Hague’s Ruling Against China’s Claims

Prof. Toshi Yoshihara on the Hague’s Ruling Against China’s Claims

In the fourth installment of the virtual roundtable, Prof. Toshi Yoshihara discusses U.S.-China relations, in the light of the Hague’s court ruling.

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The South China Sea Dispute: Should China denounce the UNCLOS?

The South China Sea Dispute: Should China denounce the UNCLOS?

When the result of the arbitration on the South China Sea dispute was announced, the Chinese government and the public reacted strongly.

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Shanghai Communist Party Boss Met with Protest in Taipei

Shanghai Communist Party Boss Met with Protest in Taipei

Faced with the seemingly impossible task of “winning hearts and minds” in Taiwan, mainland leaders continue to live in a world of make-believe.

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Did Hanoi just Deploy Rocket Launchers in the South China Sea?

Did Hanoi just Deploy Rocket Launchers in the South China Sea?

A recent report appears to suggest that Vietnam has placed rocket launchers on five bases in the Spratly Islands, pointing them toward Chinese facilities.

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Bonnie Glaser on the Security Dimensions of the U.S.-China Relations

Bonnie Glaser on the Security Dimensions of the U.S.-China Relations

In the third installment of the virtual roundtable, Bonnie Glaser discusses the security dimensions of the U.S.-China Relations.

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Reckless Pursuit of Hegemony Inevitably Leads to Downfall

Reckless Pursuit of Hegemony Inevitably Leads to Downfall

Japan’s Sengoku Jidai period demonstrates the necessity of restraint in U.S. foreign policy.

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Legacies of General MacArthur’s ‘Peace Constitution’ still Matter in East Asia

Legacies of General MacArthur’s ‘Peace Constitution’ still Matter in East Asia

Post-war Japan’s constitution was an avant-garde collage of high-edge liberal democratic universal norms that revolutionized an outmoded governance system.

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