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The Debate

The Debate is our home for the best opinions from around Asia. Whether it is negotiating with Iran, responding to North Korean provocations, discussing Japan's looming demographic issues, or considering the new balance of power in the Asia-Pacific, some of the region's leading thinkers offer their take.

China Should Be Held to Account for Its Companies’ Labor Abuses Abroad

China Should Be Held to Account for Its Companies’ Labor Abuses Abroad

By Qiang Li
The CCP exerts significant control even over notionally private firms operating overseas. Sadly, Chinese citizens’ well-being seems to be the only area that the party does not prioritize.

President Biden Should Congratulate Indonesia’s Prabowo Now

President Biden Should Congratulate Indonesia’s Prabowo Now

By Ernest Z. Bower
Washington is awaiting until the release of official results before contacting the president-elect. But waiting would be strategically costly.
Global Tech Companies’ Deafening Silence on Deteriorating Internet Freedom in Hong Kong

Global Tech Companies’ Deafening Silence on Deteriorating Internet Freedom in Hong Kong

By Michael Caster
Global tech giants should speak out against attempts to control internet intermediaries and use national security laws as a pretext for censorship and surveillance in Hong Kong. 

Why India Became Indispensable to US Foreign Policy and Pakistan Was Left Behind

Why India Became Indispensable to US Foreign Policy and Pakistan Was Left Behind

By Syed Abdul Ahad Waseem
Democracy and “shared values” play a major role in diplomacy – something that Pakistan seems to have overlooked.

Navalny’s Death Highlights the Dangers Facing Cambodia’s Political Prisoners

Navalny’s Death Highlights the Dangers Facing Cambodia’s Political Prisoners

By Sam Rainsy
The world should ensure that the same fate does not befall the more than 60 "hostages" in the country's prisons.

Asian Care Worker Abuse in the Global North: A Call for Greater Corporate Accountability

Asian Care Worker Abuse in the Global North: A Call for Greater Corporate Accountability

By Catriona Fraser
Health and social care companies have the power – and responsibility – to enforce higher standards for foreign workers.

The Hereditary Dictatorships of North Korea, Cambodia Have Shared Soviet Roots

The Hereditary Dictatorships of North Korea, Cambodia Have Shared Soviet Roots

By David Whitehouse
Both nations traveled a similar path from Soviet patronage to personalist autocracy.
France, the Vatican, and the Pan-Asian Sexual Abuse Scandals of MEP Missionaries

France, the Vatican, and the Pan-Asian Sexual Abuse Scandals of MEP Missionaries

By Michel Chambon
Both French authorities and the Vatican seem reluctant to act on accusations of sexual abuse by French priests in Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, and more.

Myanmar’s Diaspora in South Korea Fights for Democracy Back Home

Myanmar’s Diaspora in South Korea Fights for Democracy Back Home

By Sinmyung Park
Myanmar nationals are collaborating with each other and their Korean supporters in support of the country’s anti-coup resistance.

US Sanctions and Rallying Around the Flag in North Korea and Cambodia

US Sanctions and Rallying Around the Flag in North Korea and Cambodia

By David Whitehouse
Critics of economic sanctions claim that they help authoritarian governments consolidate their power, but this is based on a reductive view of statehood.

10 Years After the UN Report: The International Community’s Role in Improving Human Rights in North Korea

10 Years After the UN Report: The International Community’s Role in Improving Human Rights in North Korea

By Ilhyeok Kim
The Commission of Inquiry Report on North Korea shocked the world with revelations of horrific abuses. It's time to take stock of what progress has been achieved since then.
Nepal’s Trans Rights Reputation Needs to be Matched With Real Policy 

Nepal’s Trans Rights Reputation Needs to be Matched With Real Policy 

By Rukshana Kapali
The country's LGBTIQ+ rights record is much more complicated than initially meets the eye – but we are slowly moving in the right direction. 

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