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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.

We Don’t Need to Wait on the UN to Expand Taiwan’s International Role
May 06, 2021

We Don’t Need to Wait on the UN to Expand Taiwan’s International Role

By Gray Sergeant
Liberal democracies can, and should, develop their own bilateral and multilateral exchanges with Taiwan, even while pushing for its inclusion in the WHO and other U.N. bodies.

The US Should Restore its Fulbright and Peace Corps Programs in China
May 06, 2021

The US Should Restore its Fulbright and Peace Corps Programs in China

By Euhwa Tran
Encouraging Americans to live, study and work abroad will contribute to making the United States a more open, tolerant, and inclusive society.
Whether Fighting COVID-19 or the Next Pandemic, Taiwan Can Help
May 04, 2021

Whether Fighting COVID-19 or the Next Pandemic, Taiwan Can Help

By Shih-chung Chen
The world cannot build a resilient and inclusive global health system while excluding Taiwan from participating.

The Indian Foreign Service Must Speak Out Against Growing Politicization
May 03, 2021

The Indian Foreign Service Must Speak Out Against Growing Politicization

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The Indian diplomatic corps is being increasingly used for partisan purposes.

Myanmar’s Generals Aren’t Going Anywhere
May 03, 2021

Myanmar’s Generals Aren’t Going Anywhere

By George McLeod
As sanctions are reimposed, the country's old business elite is slowly clawing back the ground lost during a decade of reform.

Independent Journalists in Vietnam: The Clampdown Against Critics Continues
May 03, 2021

Independent Journalists in Vietnam: The Clampdown Against Critics Continues

By Stewart Rees
Vietnam’s independent journalists are under siege, and there is little cause for optimism.

We’re Not in a Cold War With China, We’re in a Green War for Survival
April 30, 2021

We’re Not in a Cold War With China, We’re in a Green War for Survival

By Edward J. Markey
We cannot save the “pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known” without spurring China -- and ourselves -- to action.
China’s Paper Tiger Surveillance State
April 30, 2021

China’s Paper Tiger Surveillance State

By Isabel Ivanescu and Robert Carlson
The CCP's pervasive surveillance apparatus is a sign not of strength, but of fragility.

Myanmar Junta’s Diplomatic Games Need Tough Response
April 30, 2021

Myanmar Junta’s Diplomatic Games Need Tough Response

By John Sifton
The ASEAN summit’s failings demonstrate that standard diplomatic protocols are insufficient to deal with the Myanmar leadership. 

America Must Become the Vaccine Arsenal of Democracy
April 30, 2021

America Must Become the Vaccine Arsenal of Democracy

By Joaquin Castro
The tragedy underway in India proves that the United States must leverage its full industrial and scientific capacity until the entire world is vaccinated.

China’s Coast Guard Law Challenges Rule-Based Order
April 28, 2021

China’s Coast Guard Law Challenges Rule-Based Order

By Wataru Okada
The international community must respond to China’s maritime coercion.
Why US Strategic Ambiguity Is Safer for Taiwan
April 27, 2021

Why US Strategic Ambiguity Is Safer for Taiwan

By Simon Shin-wei Chen, Wang Kai-chun , and Samuel Hui
U.S. strategic ambiguity toward Taiwan restricts any unilateral decisions by both sides of the strait that could potentially escalate the situation.

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