This Week in Asia: December 1, 2023
The Diplomat’s weekly video round-up of Asia news.
South Korea’s Surprisingly Successful China Policy
By Derek Grossman
Despite talking tough on Beijing, President Yoon Suk-yeol has helped stabilize the two nations' relationship.
Bridging the Narrative Gap in China-US Relations
By Vu Le Thai Hoang and Ngo Di Lan
States regularly tell stories about themselves and how the world works. Chinese and American narratives – including about the Biden-Xi summit – remain at odds.
The Trends Driving Transatlantic Convergence on China
By Valbona Zeneli
With similar concerns on both sides of the Atlantic, there are six main factors that will define whether we see a policy convergence on China.
Silenced in China, Grassroots Activists Commemorate the White Paper Protests Abroad
By Yaqiu Wang
A year after the massive demonstrations against draconian lockdown rules, participants have an abiding new sense of strength and responsibility.
Gender Norms and Women’s Double Burden in East Asia
By Jessica Shao and Yoolim Lee
South Korea, Japan, and China share similar issues with entrenched gender norms regarding childcare and employment, which are being reflected in their plunging birthrates.
Want to Reset China-US Relations? Bring Back Fulbright China
By Colleen O’Connor and Elizabeth M. Lynch
Restoring the Fulbright Program could be a gateway to alleviating tensions and closing the China expertise gap.
Why Asian Countries Are Keeping a Low Profile in the Israel-Hamas War
By Guy Burton
Platforms for the Global South, like BRICS, have stepped up their rhetoric. But don’t overestimate what they can – and are willing to – do.
The Rise and Fall of Confucius Institutes in the US
By Bonnie Girard
Will the controversial Chinese government-funded programs rise again under another name?
Myanmar Resistance Alliance Claims Capture of Fourth China Border Gate
By Sebastian Strangio
The capture of the Kyin San Kyawt border gate came as the Chinese military launched live-fire drills along the two countries' border.
In a League of Its Own: The Cyberspace Administration of China
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Rogier Creemers.
Australia-Philippines Launch Joint Naval Patrol in South China Sea
By Grant Wyeth
The recent joint patrol is another sign that Beijing's attempts at intimidation in will not be submitted to – not by the Philippines and not by Australia.