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2017 Preview: A new red star over China – Part 2: China and the world

Part two of a two-part look at what is in store for China in 2017. China’s catch-22 – being a ‘responsible stakeholder’, while tending towards isolation.

Asia Pacific Outlook for 2017

2017 Preview: A new red star over China – Part 1: China at home

This is the first of a two-part analysis on what is in store for China in 2017. It explores China’s catch-22 — the fact that it is further integrating itself internationally and becoming a ‘responsible stakeholder’, while concomitantly showing signs of turning inwards and becoming isolationist.

Asia Pacific Politics

Is football finally making its way home to China?

The Chinese government is well aware of the benefits of football in promoting their own ideological agenda, nationalism and political unity.

2016 in Review Asia Pacific Politics

Trends of 2016: Could the Rohingya be Aung San Suu Kyi’s downfall?

By downplaying the Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi is walking a thin line, trying to balance competing interests. Yet her silence undermines her position.

2016 in Review Asia Pacific Security

Trends of 2016: Duterte, the Philippines, and the prospect of peace

Duterte’s compromise with the various Moro factions is crucial to stopping the growth of ISIS-linked terrorist organizations in Southeastern Asia.

Asia Pacific Security

Little light ahead for Thailand’s troubled South

Amid another round of talks between the Thai government and Muslim separatists, here are some factors that have hindered the peace process.

Asia Pacific Security Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Fake news threatens Indonesia’s security, economy

Islamists are using fake news targeting ethnic Chinese Indonesians and politicians to promote their agenda against Chinese investment and the government.

Asia Pacific Europe

Assessing the outcome of the “Hot Springs Summit”

Despite a lack of breakthrough on the return of the Kuril Islands, Abe likely came away with more to help Japan in light of its interests down the road.

Asia Pacific Politics

Despite appearances China is not a walking contradiction

China’s behaviour often appears contradictory to Western eyes: to discover the truth we need to understand why China’s dialectic tradition confuses us so.

Asia Pacific Economics

Can Russia ride China’s trade lead in Southeast Asia?

China immediately seized upon President-Elect Trump’s victory to offer its proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as an alternative to the TPP. Russia backing the proposal signals a call for a