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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.

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Foreign Media Face a Trust Crisis in China
July 16, 2021

Foreign Media Face a Trust Crisis in China

By Mu Chunshan
Western media have lost a good deal of their credibility with ordinary Chinese. How can they recover that trust?
Torture in Myanmar: Don’t Let the Junta Normalize Cruelty
July 13, 2021

Torture in Myanmar: Don’t Let the Junta Normalize Cruelty

By Tomas Max Martin, Ergun Cakal, and Hannah Russell
Torture – and the fear that it engenders – has been central to the military junta’s efforts to quell popular resistance.

Returning to Multilateralism to Ensure Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Access
July 09, 2021

Returning to Multilateralism to Ensure Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Access

By Chee Leong Lee
Both China and the United States can and should do more to ensure equitable access to vaccines around the world.

ASEAN and China Have Entered the ‘Zero Gravity Zone’ in Myanmar
July 08, 2021

ASEAN and China Have Entered the ‘Zero Gravity Zone’ in Myanmar

By Phar Kim Beng and Nik Luqman
Neither has shown that it has the ability, let alone the willingness, to address the country's escalating crisis.

The CCP Deserves Credit for China’s Phenomenal Economic Growth
July 07, 2021

The CCP Deserves Credit for China’s Phenomenal Economic Growth

By Zhuoran Li
Yes, the CCP has many shortcomings. But it has also contributed significantly to the country’s economic miracle.
The Risks of Favoring China
July 06, 2021

The Risks of Favoring China

By Rizal Ramli
Beijing needs to ensure that its overseas engagements serve local interests, not just Chinese ones.

Global Britain: Why the United Kingdom Needs ASEAN
July 05, 2021

Global Britain: Why the United Kingdom Needs ASEAN

By Edward Parker
Now is the time for British businesses to look to Southeast Asia and help make the 'Global Britain' slogan a reality.
The Global South China Sea Issue
July 04, 2021

The Global South China Sea Issue

By SAKAMOTO Shigeki
China’s actions in the South China Sea are no longer just a regional issue.

70 Years on, the Refugee Convention Still Struggles to Gain Traction in the Asia-Pacific
July 02, 2021

70 Years on, the Refugee Convention Still Struggles to Gain Traction in the Asia-Pacific

By Emily Venturi
The Asia-Pacific region counts the smallest percentage of state parties to the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol – only 20 out of 48.

All Style and No Substance? Uzbekistan’s Rebranding Is Hollow Without Human Rights
July 01, 2021

All Style and No Substance? Uzbekistan’s Rebranding Is Hollow Without Human Rights

By Matthew Schaaf
A U.S. trip by Uzbekistan’s foreign minister highlights the gap between Tashkent’s rhetoric and reality on human rights.

American Pacific Islanders Deserve Protection – In the Pacific
June 30, 2021

American Pacific Islanders Deserve Protection – In the Pacific

By Robert C. O’Brien
It’s past time to provide U.S. maritime protection to American Samoa.
‘Build Back Better World’ and the Belt and Road Are Not Necessarily at Odds
June 28, 2021

‘Build Back Better World’ and the Belt and Road Are Not Necessarily at Odds

By Keren Zhu
Notwithstanding China-U.S. competition, there are a lot of ways in which the two initiatives are complementary.

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