Taiwan’s controversial trade deal with China resulted in thousands of Taiwanese students occupying the government and is prompting many to review the nature of democracy. The failure of representative democracy that was unable to give the voice for the voiceless triggered Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement student protest. The reason for students to show up and occupy the government is because they saw the irresponsibility of both parties. Taiwan’s opposition party, the Democratic Progress Party (DPP), has […]
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Taiwan’s low profile strategy can be explained by its embarrassing position in the South China Sea disputes. Many are the discussions about interstate conflicts in diplomacy. Likewise, many are the discussions about the South China Sea (SCS) disputes and their implications for regional relations and the general security of East Asia. The natural resource reserves in the SCS and the free navigation through the sea lanes for transportation of energy and commodities have been argued […]
Why would Japanese leaders risk jeopardizing the U.S.-Japan alliance by seeking a stronger relationship with China? Scholarship on Japanese foreign policy and grand strategy over the past decade or so has tended to argue that Japan is “hedging” between China and the United States and closing the political gap between itself and China while distancing itself from its American ally. Many different explanations and justifications of this “hedge” have been put forward. Some scholars argue […]
Recent agreements between China and Pakistan during the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Beijing on July 4 reflect China’s growing interest in Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan. One must greatly admire China for making optimal use of geography to promote her economic and strategic interests. Instead of conquering lands, China decided to befriend her South Asian neighbors and this interdependence resulting from economic and security partnerships, is often claimed as a diplomatic victory. The […]
The Chinese-Tibetan conflict is a complicated issue for Beijing’s new leaders. Perhaps a peaceful solution based on mutual trust, respect and communication could end the dispute. Two Tibetans immolated themselves last month in Lhasa, reported by Chinese Xinhua news agency. Since 2009, there have been over 100 reported self-immolation in Tibet. Most Tibetans who committed self-immolation are monks and nuns, and among them are plenty of youths. It is reported that these people set themselves […]
In East Asia, Taiwan’s central position in the Western Pacific between the South and East China Seas make Taiwan a strategic asset. Not long ago in East Asia, the Taiwan Strait appeared the only flash point that could conceivably draw the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the United States into a war. According to this view’s adherents, Taiwan was a strategic liability destined to needlessly sour Sino-US relations and, worse yet, pose the potential […]
Despite the fact that China’s economy will become increasingly diverse, it still suffers from many problems and affects global markets. Housing prices are sensitive topics in China. The Chinese government should keep its eyes on economic development and draw some lessons from Japanese assets price bubble. The New York Times published statistics in March 2010, indicating that real estate prices increased by over 150% from 2003 to 2010 in Shanghai. A Chinese Government Index in […]