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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.

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The World Can Benefit From Taiwan’s WHO Participation
February 11, 2020

The World Can Benefit From Taiwan’s WHO Participation

By Eric Li-Luan Chu
With Taiwan absent from the WHO, the health of the Taiwanese people and the world is at greater risk.
Huawei’s Human Rights Record Has Been Shamefully Ignored 
February 07, 2020

Huawei’s Human Rights Record Has Been Shamefully Ignored 

By David Alton
The U.K. has been outspoken against the persecution of Uyghurs in Xinjiang; rewarding major contracts to the architects of the surveillance system undermines this. 

Hong Kong Hurts Itself By Financially Excluding Foreign Domestic Workers
February 07, 2020

Hong Kong Hurts Itself By Financially Excluding Foreign Domestic Workers

By Jason Hung
Hong Kong should prioritize economic reforms benefiting foreign domestic workers.

Sam Rainsy: Cambodia’s Ruling Party Is More Divided Than the Public Knows
February 06, 2020

Sam Rainsy: Cambodia’s Ruling Party Is More Divided Than the Public Knows

By Sam Rainsy
The opposition leader argues that Hun Sen is using Kem Sokha’s trial to bolster his authority within the ruling party.

Uyghurs and the China Coronavirus
February 05, 2020

Uyghurs and the China Coronavirus

By Munawwar Abdulla
An epidemic and crowded mass detention camps are a potentially deadly combination.
Wuhan and the Need for Improved Global Biosecurity
February 04, 2020

Wuhan and the Need for Improved Global Biosecurity

By Shambhavi Naik and Aditya Ramanathan
While the Wuhan virus is a natural pathogen, its rapid spread ought to be a reminder of our vulnerability to bioweapons attacks as new technologies revolutionise access to deadly germs and toxins.

Afghanistan’s Mineral Resources Are a Lost Opportunity and a Threat
February 01, 2020

Afghanistan’s Mineral Resources Are a Lost Opportunity and a Threat

By Ahmad Shah Katawazai
Without a coherent strategy, Afghanistan's vast mineral resources represent both a lost opportunity and a threat to national security.
How Other Countries Can Survive the US-China Competition
February 01, 2020

How Other Countries Can Survive the US-China Competition

By Gedaliah Afterman
Smaller powers should create new coalitions in face of ongoing superpower competition.

Is India Becoming an Elected Autocracy?
January 31, 2020

Is India Becoming an Elected Autocracy?

By Prabhash Ranjan
Looking at recent events in India through the lens of How Democracies Die.

Sam Rainsy Is Not a Coward
January 31, 2020

Sam Rainsy Is Not a Coward

By Mu Sochua
The attempt by Sam Rainsy to return to Cambodia on November 9, 2019, though unsuccessful, shows who is afraid.

The Coronavirus and Governance
January 30, 2020

The Coronavirus and Governance

By Mie Oba
How countries deal with issues like this latest coronavirus is a concern for all.
US Interests Are Not Served by Making a Scapegoat of South Korea
January 29, 2020

US Interests Are Not Served by Making a Scapegoat of South Korea

By Sukjoon Yoon
The U.S.-South Korea SMA negotiations have devolved into a blatant shakedown. That's bad for both sides.

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