Posts From Daniele Ermito

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Asia Pacific Economics

Uncertain times, uncertain ties: Washington courts Vietnam amid regional tensions

Last week, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam travelled to Washington for a four-day summit, which is expected to further cement partnership.

Economics South and Central Asia

The OBOR initiative unveils Beijing’s ambitions in Central Asia

Since the launch of the China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative, China has focused its efforts in the expansion of its presence in Central Asia.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Could Iran be the key to disarming North Korea?

Iran and South Korea have unveiled a new series of agreements to expand cooperation on energy, trade, and infrastructure development. While the prospect for increasing future economic relations is a

Asia Pacific Security

Japan’s defense procurement boosts national security and industry

Japan’s role in regional defense procurement has steadily grown since 2014— fostering closer ties with nations wary of Beijing and boosting local industry.

Asia Pacific Security

Taiwan’s new government must tread lightly

Recently, Beijing has warned Taiwan about the passage of a proposed law that could jeopardise the fragile balance between the two sides. While President-elect Tsai will take office in less

Asia Pacific Politics

National People’s Congress sets the tone in China

The annual gathering of the National People’s Congress, which runs through March 16, represents an important chance for the CCP’s leadership to consolidate its power, but also a critical opportunity

Security South and Central Asia

China’s maritime strategy and India’s security dilemma

China’s strategic engagement in the Indian Ocean represents one of the main sources of concern for India. While Beijing formally commits to the Peaceful Development framework, the expanding activities of

Asia Pacific Security

Beijing retains South China Sea as core interest

The booming expansion of China’s military forces into the South China Sea will give Beijing de facto control of the area at the expense of Washington and Southeast Asian countries. Beijing’s

Asia Pacific Security

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions trigger debate over Japan’s constitution

After the recent North Korean missile test, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has once again called for a discussion concerning the revision of the peace clause of the Constitution that has

Asia Pacific Politics

Catching the Dragon: Challenges and prospects for U.S.-China relations

How will the erosion of American power and China’s strategic interests shape the rules and institutions of a new international system? While China’s hegemonic power has reached its zenith in