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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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China’s Cross-Border Campaign to Terrorize Uyghur Americans
August 29, 2019

China’s Cross-Border Campaign to Terrorize Uyghur Americans

By Omer Kanat
The Chinese government routinely carries out surveillance, threats, and coercion targeting Uyghurs on American soil.
Confronting China’s Suppression of Religion
August 29, 2019

Confronting China’s Suppression of Religion

By Farahnaz Ispahani
Instead of the Communist party's intolerance, democratic Taiwan offers a positive example.

The Root Cause of Hong Kong’s Woes (Hint: It's Not China)
August 28, 2019

The Root Cause of Hong Kong’s Woes (Hint: It's Not China)

By Chandran Nair
Hong Kongers do not trust their government to defend their interests, whether against Beijing, big business, or anyone else.

If India Rethinks Nuclear No First Use, It Won't Surprise Pakistan or China
August 26, 2019

If India Rethinks Nuclear No First Use, It Won't Surprise Pakistan or China

By Ankit Panda
Islamabad and Beijing have long doubted India's stated nuclear no first use policy.

How Misconceptions Brought China-West Relations to the Breaking Point
August 22, 2019

How Misconceptions Brought China-West Relations to the Breaking Point

By Frank N. Pieke
A perilous cycle of misunderstanding means Beijing could react to world events in panic for the first time since 1989.
South Korea Just Made a Big Mistake
August 22, 2019

South Korea Just Made a Big Mistake

By John Lee
Pulling out of the intelligence sharing agreement with Japan will only hurt Korea's security.

Enforced Disappearances Met With Denials From Bangladesh
August 22, 2019

Enforced Disappearances Met With Denials From Bangladesh

By Meenakshi Ganguly
Bangladesh authorities need to stop feigning ignorance to the horrific experiences of those who have been forced to disappear.
Indigenous Communities in Myanmar Take Action Against Top-Down Conservation
August 20, 2019

Indigenous Communities in Myanmar Take Action Against Top-Down Conservation

By Anirudha Nagar
Why the Karen people are fighting against the $21 million UNDP “Ridge to Reef” project.

The EU Call on Hong Kong's Extradition Bill
August 20, 2019

The EU Call on Hong Kong's Extradition Bill

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Sandra Marco Colino.

A Changing India: Caught Between Illiberalism and Social Revolution
August 18, 2019

A Changing India: Caught Between Illiberalism and Social Revolution

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Is India on the cusp of a social revolution?

Realities Clash With Idealism in Today’s Asia
August 18, 2019

Realities Clash With Idealism in Today’s Asia

By Walter Lohman
The reality of what China’s rise means to different regional stakeholders must inform American policy.
Taiwan's ‘Silk Road of Democracy’
August 16, 2019

Taiwan's ‘Silk Road of Democracy’

By Wen Lii
A DPP meeting with the Dalai Lama signals new regional cooperation among groups threatened by Chinese Communist Party.

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