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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.

From Tsai to Lai: The Past, Present, and Future of Taiwan’s Foreign Policy

From Tsai to Lai: The Past, Present, and Future of Taiwan’s Foreign Policy

By Peng-Hsuan Chen
Given that Lai seems poised to carry on outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen's diplomatic approach, a look at her foreign policy evolution is useful.

Road to Busan for a Plastic-free Future

Road to Busan for a Plastic-free Future

By Jed Alegado
Asia-Pacific countries could prove critical to ensuring the treaty addresses not only waste management, but the root issue of plastic production.
Myanmar’s National Unity Government Must Be Doing Something Right

Myanmar’s National Unity Government Must Be Doing Something Right

By Than N. Oo
While the country's shadow opposition has attracted criticism, it has made significant gains on both the political and diplomatic fronts.

Indonesia’s Game-Changing Bid for OECD Membership

Indonesia’s Game-Changing Bid for OECD Membership

By Yopi Irianto Panut, Rio Kevin, and Aureishia Huang
Here are the three key areas that will be central to the country's bid to join the exclusive global economic club.

Russia’s Cover up of Its Dangerous Dealings With North Korea Leaves Us All Less Secure

Russia’s Cover up of Its Dangerous Dealings With North Korea Leaves Us All Less Secure

By Jung H. Pak
Moscow killed a U.N. body overseeing North Korea sanctions compliance for one simple reason: Russia is flagrantly violating the U.N. sanctions.

What It Will Take for India to Address Climate Change? 

What It Will Take for India to Address Climate Change? 

By Divya Sharma and Avantika Shrivastava
Climate pledges and the energy transition can only truly be achieved when these are linked with development promises. At present, however, there seems to be a gap. 

Military Conscription in Southeastern Myanmar Demands International Intervention

Military Conscription in Southeastern Myanmar Demands International Intervention

By Nai Aue Mon and Maggi Quadrini
To stave off defeat, the military regime is robbing the country's youth of livelihoods and educational opportunities.
Xi Jinping Visit Gives France’s Macron Chance to Raise China’s Uyghur ‘Genocide’

Xi Jinping Visit Gives France’s Macron Chance to Raise China’s Uyghur ‘Genocide’

By David Whitehouse
A leading Uyghur diaspora activist says that Paris should adopt robust sanctions such as those adopted in the United States in recent years.

Taiwan’s Human Rights Priorities After the 2024 Elections

Taiwan’s Human Rights Priorities After the 2024 Elections

By Jean Wu
Despite demonstrating a strong human rights record, there is still room for Taiwan to improve – especially on migrant workers' rights and refugee law.

Why the SDGs Should Be Revised to Meet the Needs of Indigenous Peoples

Why the SDGs Should Be Revised to Meet the Needs of Indigenous Peoples

By Rithy Bun
Indigenous people have unique needs and backgrounds that are overlooked by the 17 targets outlined by the United Nations.

Asia-Pacific States Must Divorce Their Industry Friends for a Strong Global Plastics Treaty

Asia-Pacific States Must Divorce Their Industry Friends for a Strong Global Plastics Treaty

By Arpita Bhagat
With just two meetings left to finalize the treaty text, the significance of the current Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee meeting cannot be overstated.
Taiwan Is Indispensable in Preparing for Future Pandemics

Taiwan Is Indispensable in Preparing for Future Pandemics

By Hsueh Jui-yuan
As the WHO debates a new global health governance framework, Taiwan is left out of the discussion – to the detriment of future antipandemic efforts.

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