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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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U.S. Pivot to Asia Still Strong in Vietnam

U.S. Pivot to Asia Still Strong in Vietnam

The pivot is part business, foreign policy and philanthropy. One of the best tools the to advance the pivot is the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

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Welcoming Neighbors and Cleaning its House: China’s Interesting Week

Welcoming Neighbors and Cleaning its House: China’s Interesting Week

The visit of President Duterte could signal a shift in regional alliances. And the Communist Party is showing its commitment to cracking down on corruption.

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The U.S. Can Learn From Japan’s Efforts To Improve Russian Relations

The U.S. Can Learn From Japan’s Efforts To Improve Russian Relations

Russo-Japanese patience and recognition of shared mutual security interests can serve as a model for current U.S.-Russian hostilities.

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The Neglected G20: Understanding China’s “Hangzhou Model”

The Neglected G20: Understanding China’s “Hangzhou Model”

The G20 Hangzhou Summit was a glitzy event for China’s diplomacy. Considered a success by Chinese media, the Summit received little international coverage.

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Will Duterte Dump the U.S. and Dance with China?

Will Duterte Dump the U.S. and Dance with China?

Under the U.S. Foreign Military Financing program, the Philippines is currently the largest recipient of U.S. funds in the Asia-Pacific region.

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China Long March Event Met with Protest in California

China Long March Event Met with Protest in California

The event was not cancelled, thanks to the First Amendment right of free expression which does not exist in China under Communist Party rule.

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China should Recalibrate its Policies towards North Korea

China should Recalibrate its Policies towards North Korea

China can no longer be patient with its rambunctious neighbor. A number of Chinese experts have recently recognized that Kim Jong-un is a worn-out nuisance.

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Tsai Ing-wen and the Need to Balance Cross-Strait Relations

Tsai Ing-wen and the Need to Balance Cross-Strait Relations

President Tsai needs more creative ways to maneuver between Taiwan’s domestic calls for independence and Beijing’s pressures to endorse the 1992 Consensus.

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Chinese Propaganda Comes to Southern California

Chinese Propaganda Comes to Southern California

On October 8, a performance commemorating the anniversary of the Long March of the Red Army of the Communist Party of China will be presented in San Gabriel, CA.

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San Francisco Politicians Pander to China on National Day

San Francisco Politicians Pander to China on National Day

Question: When was the last time the mayor of a major Chinese city attended an American Independence Day celebration or raised an American flag over the city hall? Answer: Never.

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The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 3

The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 3

The escalating India-China rivalry in the region is increasingly dwarfing all other issues regarding the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

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Wu Jianmin’s Rational Diplomacy

Wu Jianmin’s Rational Diplomacy

On June 18th, former Chinese Ambassador to France Wu Jianmin died in a car accident. Without him, some expect hawkish views to become dominant in Beijing.

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