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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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Why Is a French-Iranian Academic Still Languishing in an Iranian Prison?
April 17, 2020

Why Is a French-Iranian Academic Still Languishing in an Iranian Prison?

By StoriesAsia
Fariba Adelkhah must be freed.
Taiwan’s Health Diplomacy Didn’t Start With the COVID-19 Crisis
April 16, 2020

Taiwan’s Health Diplomacy Didn’t Start With the COVID-19 Crisis

By Marcin Jerzewski and Kuan-Ting Chen
Despite diplomatic exclusion, Taiwan has worked to provide wide-scale humanitarian assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic -- and beyond.

Who Is an Afghan?
April 16, 2020

Who Is an Afghan?

By Prakhar Sharma
Attempts at nation-building in Afghanistan cannot overlook the need to craft an inclusive sense of national identity.

Time for Asian Countries to Put Aside Squabbles and Cooperate
April 16, 2020

Time for Asian Countries to Put Aside Squabbles and Cooperate

By Kan Kimura
The pandemic poses risks that should transcend nationalist pride.

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Chinese Persecution of Critics Hasn’t Stopped – It Has Worsened
April 15, 2020

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Chinese Persecution of Critics Hasn’t Stopped – It Has Worsened

By James Tager
While the world struggles with the coronavirus, China makes moves to extend its persecution well outside its borders.
Japan and South Korea Should Use the Coronavirus to Patch up Their Differences
April 15, 2020

Japan and South Korea Should Use the Coronavirus to Patch up Their Differences

By Rintaro Nishimura
It’s in both Seoul and Tokyo’s interest to get along.

Did Xi Jinping Deliberately Sicken the World?
April 15, 2020

Did Xi Jinping Deliberately Sicken the World?

By Ben Lowsen
PRC moral turpitude forces us to consider the unthinkable.
How the West Failed the Rest in the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 14, 2020

How the West Failed the Rest in the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Xie Tao
There is renewed discussion in some corners of the world about the decline of the West. Does that mean China is poised to lead?

COVID-19 Escalates the China-Australia Contest in the Pacific
April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Escalates the China-Australia Contest in the Pacific

By Philip Citowicki
China’s COVID-19 public relations push presents a major challenge for Australia, and the West broadly, in countering Chinese influence in the Pacific

To Help Save the US Economy – and Lives – End the China Tariffs Now
April 09, 2020

To Help Save the US Economy – and Lives – End the China Tariffs Now

By David Firestein, Bob Holden, Mark Kirk, and Dan Slane
Leaving the tariffs in place will exacerbate the already enormous strain under which the U.S. economy is now laboring.

The Problem of Reporting on COVID-19
April 09, 2020

The Problem of Reporting on COVID-19

By Hannah Ryder
Without guidelines on reporting the background of people with COVID-19, media risk fuelling discrimination all over the world.
When Asian Economies Rebuild After COVID-19, They Should Choose a New Path
April 08, 2020

When Asian Economies Rebuild After COVID-19, They Should Choose a New Path

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
The Asia-Pacific response to the coronavirus crisis must build a resilient and sustainable future.

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