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.

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September 23, 2014

Kissinger Is Right: 'Asia' Is a Western Construct

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
What we understand to be 'Asia' is an oversimplification of a diverse region with several civilizations and cultures.
September 23, 2014

The Cure for Separatism: Democracy

By Yang Hengjun
After Scotland's referendum, Yang Hengjun reflects on the meaning of patriotism and democracy.

September 23, 2014

Why Spying on China Isn’t Enough

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Director of Intelligence on the Joint Chiefs of Staff sees a "data glut but an information deficit" on China.

September 21, 2014

The Perils of Hong Kong’s Constitutional Changes

By Kin-ming Kwong and Chiew Ping Yew
Calling Beijing’s restrictive framework ‘political reform’ is a misnomer.

September 19, 2014

Taiwan Is Not Overly Dependent on China

By Gary Sheu
A Taiwan government official responds to a recent Diplomat article.
September 18, 2014

Time to End Ban on Weapons Sales to Vietnam

By Paul J. Leaf
Washington needs a strong partner in Vietnam to counter Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

September 18, 2014

China's President Should Have Visited Afghanistan

By Ankit Panda
Xi Jinping missed an opportunity in not visiting Afghanistan during his South Asia tour.
September 18, 2014

Is Asia the New Silicon Valley?

By Zachary Keck
Plus, al-Qaeda in Myanmar and why are Japanese citizens still buying CDs? General interest links.

September 16, 2014

Kissinger’s Order

By Amitai Etzioni
Henry Kissinger’s new book World Order is a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in Asia, or foreign policy.

September 16, 2014

China's Evolving Role in the Fight Against Ebola

By Ankit Panda
Beijing's reaction to Africa's most serious public health crisis in years represents a shift in its humanitarian policy.

September 15, 2014

On Twitter, ISIS Is More Popular Than China

By Zachary Keck
Also, China's "creeping invasion" and is India China circa 2001? Some general interest links.
September 15, 2014

A Major Setback to the Rule of Law in China

By Jared Genser
With its treatment of Gao Zhisheng, Beijing shows the extent to which it fears the rule of law.

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