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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.

Hong Kong: The New Berlin Wall
November 13, 2019

Hong Kong: The New Berlin Wall

By Benedict Rogers
China is home to two “firewalls.” One must be demolished; the other protected.

Championing Tax Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific
November 09, 2019

Championing Tax Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific

By Sakshi Rai
What can the region do to better cooperate on tax issues?
US-China Competition Will Heat up the South China Sea
November 08, 2019

US-China Competition Will Heat up the South China Sea

By Wu Shicun
The competition between major countries will be the biggest threat to stability in the region.

Securing South Asia Through Regional Economic Integration
November 06, 2019

Securing South Asia Through Regional Economic Integration

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Afghanistan is pushing for the vision of SAARC to become reality at long last.

Taiwan at the Crossroads of History
November 05, 2019

Taiwan at the Crossroads of History

By Chih-Wei Chen
Faced with China’s “sharp power,” it’s time to redefine the interaction model between Taiwan and international society.

An Attack on Artistic Freedom Highlights Pakistan’s Crackdown on Free Speech
November 05, 2019

An Attack on Artistic Freedom Highlights Pakistan’s Crackdown on Free Speech

By Binaifer Nowrojee
When an artist tried to highlight the harrowing human cost of police violence, her exhibit was shut down – one more voice silenced in Pakistan.

Will the 2019 APEC Summit Cancellation Complicate a ‘Phase One’ US-China Trade Deal?
November 04, 2019

Will the 2019 APEC Summit Cancellation Complicate a ‘Phase One’ US-China Trade Deal?

By Ankit Panda
Is a “phase one” U.S.-China trade deal still viable after the cancellation of the APEC summit?
Bangladesh Booms in a Sluggish World Economy
November 02, 2019

Bangladesh Booms in a Sluggish World Economy

By Mohammad Ziauddin
While economies slow for its South Asian neighbors, Bangladesh is hitting record growth rates.

Tibet’s Rivers Will Determine Asia’s Future
November 01, 2019

Tibet’s Rivers Will Determine Asia’s Future

By Dechen Palmo
At the dawn of a new era of building dams on the Yarlung Tsangpo, countless lives and ecosystems are being risked in the name of “development” and geopolitics.

The US Must Counter China’s Malign Agenda
November 01, 2019

The US Must Counter China’s Malign Agenda

By Michael McCaul
China poses a threat to the U.S. and the world.

China’s Bride Trafficking Problem
October 30, 2019

China’s Bride Trafficking Problem

By Heather Bar
Over generations, China’s one-child policy drove a demographic disaster that has sparked a devastatingly cruel trade.
Don’t Let a New Rift Between China and the West Be Torn Over Hong Kong
October 28, 2019

Don’t Let a New Rift Between China and the West Be Torn Over Hong Kong

By Jin Kai
As turmoil continues in Hong Kong, U.S. intervention stands to make things worse.

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