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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.

To Help Save the US Economy – and Lives – End the China Tariffs Now
April 09, 2020

To Help Save the US Economy – and Lives – End the China Tariffs Now

By David Firestein, Bob Holden, Mark Kirk, and Dan Slane
Leaving the tariffs in place will exacerbate the already enormous strain under which the U.S. economy is now laboring.

The Problem of Reporting on COVID-19
April 09, 2020

The Problem of Reporting on COVID-19

By Hannah Ryder
Without guidelines on reporting the background of people with COVID-19, media risk fuelling discrimination all over the world.
When Asian Economies Rebuild After COVID-19, They Should Choose a New Path
April 08, 2020

When Asian Economies Rebuild After COVID-19, They Should Choose a New Path

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
The Asia-Pacific response to the coronavirus crisis must build a resilient and sustainable future.

Engaging China in 17+1: Time for the ACT Strategy
April 07, 2020

Engaging China in 17+1: Time for the ACT Strategy

By Ivana Karásková
China has managed to build a system of interconnected relations in Central and Eastern Europe. How should the region respond?

A Sovereign Iraq Is Key to Securing India’s Energy Industry
April 07, 2020

A Sovereign Iraq Is Key to Securing India’s Energy Industry

By Michael Haddad
India can support a sovereign Iraq to bolster its energy security.

How Taiwan Battles the Coronavirus
April 06, 2020

How Taiwan Battles the Coronavirus

By Christine Chiou
Taiwan is living proof that control of an emerging virus can be achieved through science, technology, and democratic governance.

Afghanistan Needs the World’s Help to Fight COVID-19
April 03, 2020

Afghanistan Needs the World’s Help to Fight COVID-19

By Timothy Bishop
Having already lived through decades of war, Afghans are now bracing themselves for another battle against COVID-19. The world cannot stand idly by.
The International Community Must Put a Spotlight on Tajikistan’s Human Rights Record
April 02, 2020

The International Community Must Put a Spotlight on Tajikistan’s Human Rights Record

By Scott Martin
Silencing opposition figures, independent voices, and those defending the detained -- a spotlight must be shone on the Tajik government’s human rights record.

An Open Letter to the People of the United States From 100 Chinese Scholars
April 02, 2020

An Open Letter to the People of the United States From 100 Chinese Scholars

“Facing the most dangerous infectious disease in a century, politicized criticisms help neither China, the U.S., nor the world to curb the spread of the virus.”

Book Review: ‘Trumped: Emerging Powers in a Post-American World’
April 02, 2020

Book Review: ‘Trumped: Emerging Powers in a Post-American World’

By Joy Mitra
A new book examines global order in the 21st century.

Trump Adds to Asian-Americans’ Fears
April 01, 2020

Trump Adds to Asian-Americans’ Fears

By Seashia Vang
We already have an epic health crisis; we don’t need a racialized social crisis as well.
South Korea: Cyberbullying Amid Coronavirus
April 01, 2020

South Korea: Cyberbullying Amid Coronavirus

By Justin Fendos
Some online trolls seem determined to infuse Korean politics and COVID-19 with racial tensions.

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