ASEAN TURNS 50: WHAT CAN IT DO NOW FOR SOUTH EAST ASIA?

“The EU was the gold standard for regional cooperation. But it continues to struggle with a seemingly never-ending series of crises, including Brexit. So it seems prudent to seek other models of cooperation. ASEAN’s approach may turn out to be…

YURIKO KOIKE: FEMALE RISING IN JAPAN

“We could be witnessing Japan’s future first female Prime Minister. She is not easily cowed by intimidation tactics of her opponents, and now she has a circle of supporters among voters to buttress her policy agenda. She also adheres to…

HONG-KONG’S FUTURE: ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS?

“The Carrie Lam Administration has a difficult task: sustaining the practice of ‘one country, two systems’, avoiding suspicions that she is pro-Beijing, upholding the rule of law and accommodating traditional freedoms in Hong Kong, while managing Beijing’s concerns about the…

LEE FAMILY FEUD SHAKES MONOLITHIC SINGAPORE POLITICS

“Lee Wei Ling, Lee Hsien Yang and Li Shengwu do not want power for themselves. They do want to delegitimize Lee Hsien Loong’s rule in his final 5–10 years in office and to spoil Li Hongyi’s entry into politics”.

IS THE US LOSING OUT IN EAST ASIA?

“It is widely held that there is qualitative distinction between the benign, liberal US global order prevailing in the Asia Pacific, and a potentially threatening and malign Chinese imperialist order. This perspective is quite hallucinatory”.

A BELLIGERENT JAPAN? ABE PLANS TO CHANGE PACIFIST CONSTITUTION

“Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes (...) Land, sea,…

WHO IS XI JINPING?

“While Christians may cringe at his views, many more others see his support for traditional faiths as positive — a re-creation of the imperial Chinese state’s support for certain faiths and belief systems.”

INDONESIA’S VAUNTED TOLERANCE UNDER ATTACK

“In 2008, the FPI burned down houses of Ahmadiyah followers, in 2009, the Bekasi government closed the HKBP Filadelfia church, in 2010, the Bogor government defied the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the establishment of the GKI Yasmin church and…