THE TRAGEDY OF THE ROHINGYA: SOUTHEAST ASIA’S REFUGEE CRISIS

“Tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar, many crossing by land into Bangladesh, while others take to the sea to reach Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Their plight has been compounded by the responses of many of Myanmar’s neighbors,…

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: ABE AND PUTIN COZY UP

“What Really Happened at the Russia-Japan ‘No-Tie’ Summit in Nagato?”   “Only a Thin Thread of Hope Now Remains for a Peace Treaty”   “Will Space Bring Closer Japan and Russia?”   “Why Japan and…

BEST OF 2016 / NEW AND OLD LEADERS SHAPE EAST ASIA

“How Xi Jinping Can Use His New Power As ‘Core’ Of China’s Communist Party”  “The communique was in fact just two words --He Xin--  or ‘the core’, as the party leadership formally endorsed President Xi…

TRUMP’S TAIWAN CALL: WAKING UP CHINA’S DRAGON?

“China: Damage to ‘One China’ Principle Would Impact Peace” (Reuters, The Asahi Shimbun, 14 December 2016) “China's Taiwan Affairs Office said any interference with the "one China" principle would have a serious impact on peace…

SOUTH KOREA’S CRISIS SHAKES A KEY US ALLY

“South Korea's Political Scandal Leaves the Country with Abysmal Options” (Matt Stiles, Los Angeles Times, 23 November 2016) “If she stays, power vacuum. If she goes, power vacuum” “South Korea Is Suffering from Park Geun…

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: TAIWAN BREAKS GROUND IN EAST ASIA

“Taiwan, First Country in Asia to Legalize Same Sex Marriage?” (Associated Press, South China Morning Post, 11 November 2016) “Taiwan is to step forward in the history of human rights above other Asian countries” “The…

XI JINPING BECOMES ‘CORE LEADER’

"CPC Unity with Xi as ‘Core’ Vitally Important" (Xinhua, People's Daily, 28 October  2016) “The Communist Party of China's (CPC) call on all its members to ‘closely unite around the CPC Central Committee with Comrade…