Written by June Teufel Dreyer. No Taiwan president has an easy job balancing pressure from China on unification with domestic pressures from those who advocate clear statements of independence for Taiwan, as opposed to the Republic of China (ROC), versus those who advocate the eventual unification of the ROC with China under a variety of […]

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Written by Bonnie S. Glaser. On January 2, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered his first speech focused exclusively on policy toward Taiwan. The occasion for the major policy address was the 40th anniversary of the “message to Taiwan compatriots,” which marked a shift in Beijing’s policy from seeking to “liberate” Taiwan to a new approach […]

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Written by Khalid Jarral. As the UK prepares to leave the EU and expand its trade relations with the non-EU countries, Pakistan offers unique opportunities since Brexit coincides with the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Pakistan’s existing capacity coupled with its projected potential by virtue of the CPEC is steadily enhancing its profile […]

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For several months, Taiwanese officials have been drafting plans to make Taiwan into a Mandarin-English bilingual nation. By 2019 the government hopes to have concrete policy goals in place. So far, the policies center around increasing the number of qualified English teachers in Taiwan, utilizing free online resources, and more intensive English classes starting at […]

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Written by Andrew Whitehead. The Indian National Congress is entering an election year with that most valuable of political commodities: momentum. The party’s performance in state elections last month was its most impressive for many years, making Congress more attractive as a potential ally to the regional and caste-based parties which are such an important […]

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Written by Enrique Dussel Peters. 2018 will probably be remembered as the beginning of the ‘trade war’ between the Trump Administration and China involving steel, aluminium and specific tariffs on Chinese products, with similar retaliation by China, as well as the crisis in the bilateral relationship in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, and the Trump […]

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Written by Scott Pacey There was once a time when sociologists expected religion to decline, both as a social force, and as an object of individual belief, throughout the modern world. According to the theorist Max Weber (1864-1920), society would become increasingly ‘disenchanted’ under the conditions of modernity. As it developed over the years, secularisation […]

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Asia,Crime,Culture and Society,East Asia,Gender,Hong Kong,Human Rights,Indonesia,Law and Justice,Migration,Population,Social Media,South East Asia,Trafficking,Women | January 11, 2019 Written by Foo Yen Ne and Tamara Nair. Commentary Photographs of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, an abused Indonesian domestic worker who was undernourished, badly bruised and hardly able to walk, were taken by another domestic worker inside the Hong Kong International Airport […]

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Cambodia,conflict,Crime,Culture and Society,Gender,Government,History,Human Rights,Law and Justice,Politics,South East Asia,Women | January 10, 2019 Written by Theresa de Langis. Forty years after the fall of the notorious Khmer Rouge regime, which controlled Cambodia between 1975 and 1979, a sliver of justice has finally been served. On 16 November 2018, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (officially known as the […]

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Written by Suppya Helene Nut. The Royal Ballet of Cambodia is a form of theatre established in the royal courts of Cambodia. Its aristocratic background is evident in its refined and highly symbolic dance gestures. From the outset, this theatrical style was highly ritualised and used to celebrate royal ceremonies that served to establish the […]

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