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August 2020

Duterte’s Rejection of Calls for ‘Revolutionary Government’ Met With Doubt in the Philippines
August 31, 2020

Duterte’s Rejection of Calls for ‘Revolutionary Government’ Met With Doubt in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
The president said he was unfamiliar with a group calling to install him as head of a new government, despite video showing him at the group’s convention in 2018.

Afghan President Names Council for Peace Deal with Taliban
August 31, 2020

Afghan President Names Council for Peace Deal with Taliban

By Associated Press
The High Council for National Reconciliation will have the final say on whether the Afghan government signs a possible deal struck with the Taliban.
Meet Narmak, Creator of the Viral SpongeBob Anime Suponjibobu
August 31, 2020

Meet Narmak, Creator of the Viral SpongeBob Anime Suponjibobu

By Layne Vandenberg
Narmak’s viral SpongeBob anime is built upon organic influences of both Western and Eastern cultures on his work. 

China Attempts to Shift Its Boundary With India in Ladakh – Again
August 31, 2020

China Attempts to Shift Its Boundary With India in Ladakh – Again

By Abhijnan Rej
The latest round in the ongoing crisis in eastern Ladakh bodes ill for a diplomatic resolution.

New Australian Foreign Policy Legislation Stresses Consistency
August 31, 2020

New Australian Foreign Policy Legislation Stresses Consistency

By Grant Wyeth
Canberra is set to introduce legislation giving the federal government a veto over state and territory deals with foreign governments. 

Tsai Takes a Political Risk to Pursue a Taiwan-US Trade Agreement
August 31, 2020

Tsai Takes a Political Risk to Pursue a Taiwan-US Trade Agreement

By Nick Aspinwall
Her Friday announcement that she would ease restrictions on U.S. pork and beef imports led to a backlash from opposition politicians and local farmers.

Will the UK Send Its Aircraft Carrier to the South China Sea?
August 31, 2020

Will the UK Send Its Aircraft Carrier to the South China Sea?

By Niall M. Gray
Amid strained China ties, Britain continues to debate carrier deployment to the disputed waters.
Why China Will Support Russia in Belarus
August 31, 2020

Why China Will Support Russia in Belarus

By Brian G. Carlson
In responding to the political turmoil, Moscow can count on support from China, which has rapidly expanded its own interests in Belarus.

Hong Kong: There’s No Security for a State That Can’t Tolerate Dissent
August 31, 2020

Hong Kong: There’s No Security for a State That Can’t Tolerate Dissent

By Toru Kurata
If China’s leaders don’t change course, they will face a never-ending fight.

Shinzo Abe’s Paltry Legacy
August 31, 2020

Shinzo Abe’s Paltry Legacy

By Jeff Kingston
Despite enormous stature and power, Abe leaves office having accomplished relatively little.

China, Japan and a Critical ‘Best Before’ Date
August 30, 2020

China, Japan and a Critical ‘Best Before’ Date

By Shin Kawashima
A May 2018 teleconference set a new tone. But for how long?
Can China Replace Saudi Arabia for Pakistan?
August 29, 2020

Can China Replace Saudi Arabia for Pakistan?

By Ameena Tanvir
Islamabad needs both Riyadh and Beijing for its domestic as well as foreign imperatives.

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