Asia-Pacific

China's Premier Li Keqiang, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Moon Jae-in

What’s Next for China-Japan-ROK Trilateral Cooperation?

The year 2020 commenced with a myriad of global occurrences, including the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, bushfire crisis in Australia, volcanic eruption...

The Shifting Geopolitical Dynamics: Pakistan-US-China Triangle

Some interesting developments have taken place in the context of Pakistan’s external relations in recent weeks - especially in the context of its relations...

Japan vs South Korea: The ‘Other Trade War’ Complicating East Asian Geopolitics

Relations between South Korea and Japan witnessed intense stress of late because of popular movements in either country since 2018. The political leadership of...
Han Kuo-yu

Who Will Win the Taiwan Presidential Election?

Last year, I wrote about a popular politician in Taiwan, Han Kuo-yu, who ran for the mayorship of Kaohsiung and predicted his unexpected winning...

BRI and the China-Ethiopia Relationship

The long term economic and political implications of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have been articulated, and debated extensively by scholars, strategic analysts,...
Vladimir Putin observed the main stage of Vostok-2018 military manoeuvres

Russia’s Asia Pacific Engagements Largely Underestimated

Although Russia had a significant military and economic engagement in the Asia Pacific region during the days of the Soviet Union, the demise of...
Hong Kong District council elections

Local Election in Hong Kong: A Referendum for Democratic Reform

District council elections in Hong Kong were held in a largely safe and orderly environment on 24 November 2019. The District Council in Hong...
Minister Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping

India–China Frictions and Potentials: An Economic Dialogue

In the recently held Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit in Thailand, India decided to pull out and not to go ahead in finalizing the trade deal....
US army chief of staff visits China

The Fallacy in Chinese “Whataboutism”: Comparison of Chinese and Western “Political Correctness”

The latest dispute between China and the U.S. over the Houston Rocket manager’s tweet and the NBA marks the apparent spillover of confrontation between...