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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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China-US Media Relations Are Cratering. That’s a Serious Problem.
September 12, 2020

China-US Media Relations Are Cratering. That’s a Serious Problem.

By Mu Chunshan
Amid the tensions, media on both sides have been casualties. That bodes very poorly for the future of U.S.-China relations.
Rapidly Evolving Missile Threats Require Modern, Multilateral Approaches 
September 11, 2020

Rapidly Evolving Missile Threats Require Modern, Multilateral Approaches 

By Izumi Nakamitsu
Preventing the spread and emergence of destabilizing missile threats is a vital, unfinished task for the international community.

The Need for an Enduring US Military Presence in Afghanistan
September 11, 2020

The Need for an Enduring US Military Presence in Afghanistan

By Julian D. Alford and Amin Tarzi
U.S. interests in Afghanistan are enduring and will need to be safeguarded into the future.

Joe Biden Is Better for India – If Democratic Values Are What Matters Most in US-India Ties
September 11, 2020

Joe Biden Is Better for India – If Democratic Values Are What Matters Most in US-India Ties

By Raymond E. Vickery, Jr.
Biden and Trump hold similar views on the security dimension of the U.S.-India relationship. But the relationship has other aspects which must not be overlooked.

What To Do About the 2022 Beijing Olympics?
September 10, 2020

What To Do About the 2022 Beijing Olympics?

By Benedict Rogers
Does a regime accused of atrocity crimes and grave breaches of an international treaty deserve to host this prestigious sporting event?
South Korea and Japan: Resolving the Comfort Women Issue
September 10, 2020

South Korea and Japan: Resolving the Comfort Women Issue

By Naoko Kumagai
A little more empathy is needed, on both sides.

Narratives of Power and Prejudice: From Nixon to Trump
September 10, 2020

Narratives of Power and Prejudice: From Nixon to Trump

By Abhijnan Rej
A recent essay about Indira Gandhi and Richard Nixon brings uncomfortable contemporary questions to the fore.
When Emulating Mao, Xi Should Not Forget the Cultural Revolution
September 09, 2020

When Emulating Mao, Xi Should Not Forget the Cultural Revolution

By Chi Wang
Mao’s quest for uncontested power culminated in a national tragedy – and a deeply personal one for the author.

A China-Centered Order Is Not Inevitable
September 08, 2020

A China-Centered Order Is Not Inevitable

By Valérie Niquet and Walter Lohman
The pandemic has revealed is that the shift of global leadership toward a China-centered Asia is neither inevitable nor desired.

Bangladesh’s Ambiguity on Religion Has Been Expensive for the Country
September 08, 2020

Bangladesh’s Ambiguity on Religion Has Been Expensive for the Country

By Shafi Md Mostofa
The lack of a clear position on where Bangladesh stands vis-à-vis state and religion has helped breed fundamentalism, extremism, and anti-West sentiments in that country.

Asim Bajwa Exposé Underlines the Corruption Linking the Pakistan Army and CPEC
September 04, 2020

Asim Bajwa Exposé Underlines the Corruption Linking the Pakistan Army and CPEC

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
With the backing of the powerful military, it has become all but impossible to raise questions about CPEC -- even when major corruption allegations are made.
An Opportunity to End the Korean War: We Can’t Let This Slip Away
September 04, 2020

An Opportunity to End the Korean War: We Can’t Let This Slip Away

By Song Young Gil
The chair of South Korea's legislative foreign affairs committee argues that diplomacy with North Korea must remain a priority for the US, regardless of who wins the upcoming election.

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