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How the North Korean Government Is Squeezing Foreign Currency Out of Its People
August 13, 2022

How the North Korean Government Is Squeezing Foreign Currency Out of Its People

By Sang Yong Lee
The North Korean government’s persistent efforts to acquire foreign currency reflects the severity of the economic crisis the country is facing.

What Will Kishida Say on August 15 at Japan’s National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead?
August 13, 2022

What Will Kishida Say on August 15 at Japan’s National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead?

By Mindy Kotler
Kishida has an opportunity to demonstrate his independence now that Abe is gone. Will he return to the legacy of the Murayama statement?
The Realist Underpinnings of China’s Taiwan Strategy
August 13, 2022

The Realist Underpinnings of China’s Taiwan Strategy

By Corey Lee Bell
Yes, “reunification” is a matter of national pride and prestige for China. But isolating Taiwan also serves a critical strategic function – and that helps explain Beijing’s response to Pelosi’s visit.

The Japan-US Alliance Embraces the Economic
August 12, 2022

The Japan-US Alliance Embraces the Economic

By Simran Walia
The advent of the new Economic 2+2 shows how closely economic issues are intertwined with security concerns.

Hong Kongers in Exile Fight for Their Truth – and Ukrainians 
August 12, 2022

Hong Kongers in Exile Fight for Their Truth – and Ukrainians 

By Allia Bukhari
Hong Kongers say both communities share a common struggle to defend democracy and freedom in Asia and Europe respectively.

How Things Could Have Gone Wrong – and Still Can – in the Taiwan Strait
August 12, 2022

How Things Could Have Gone Wrong – and Still Can – in the Taiwan Strait

By Todd Hall
China’s military drills are over, but the risk of escalation remains.

Xi, Henan, and China’s Growing Financial Crisis
August 11, 2022

Xi, Henan, and China’s Growing Financial Crisis

By Ahana Roy and Siddhant Nair
Recent protests in Henan underscored the risks facing China's banks as the real estate sector continues to struggle.
Why Was the UN Secretary General Planting Trees in Mongolia?
August 11, 2022

Why Was the UN Secretary General Planting Trees in Mongolia?

By Julian Dierkes and Jangar Tsembel
Antonio Guterres' participation in a tree-planting ceremony was a high-profile boost for the Mongolian government's One Billion Trees campaign.

Japan Prime Minister Purges Cabinet After Support Falls Over Church Ties
August 11, 2022

Japan Prime Minister Purges Cabinet After Support Falls Over Church Ties

By Mari Yamaguchi
Kishida said it was important to gain people's trust and that the new Cabinet included only those who agreed to strictly review their ties to the Unification Church.

Kim Yo Jong Targets South Korean Leaflets as Root Cause of North’s COVID-19 Pandemic
August 11, 2022

Kim Yo Jong Targets South Korean Leaflets as Root Cause of North’s COVID-19 Pandemic

By Mitch Shin
With Kim Jong Un’s declaration of victory over the COVID-19 pandemic, Kim Yo Jong warned of “deadly retaliatory” countermeasures against leaflets sent from South Korea. 

Beijing’s Strategic Dilemma on Cross-Strait Relations
August 11, 2022

Beijing’s Strategic Dilemma on Cross-Strait Relations

By Zhenze Huang
China has been forced into a reactive position when it comes to cross-strait relations, largely thanks to its inflexibility.
China’s New White Paper Lays out Vision for Post ‘Reunification’ Taiwan
August 11, 2022

China’s New White Paper Lays out Vision for Post ‘Reunification’ Taiwan

By Shannon Tiezzi
For the first time, Beijing leaves open the possibility of an extended military occupation after unification, adding to fears that Taiwanese would be subject to a “re-education” campaign.

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