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Leader From Taiwan’s KMT Starts China Trip as Beijing Ups Pressure
February 09, 2023

Leader From Taiwan’s KMT Starts China Trip as Beijing Ups Pressure

By Associated Press
KMT Vice Chair Andrew Hsia is on a nine-day trip to China, sparking criticism from the ruling DPP.

Data Shows China’s Coercive Diplomacy Isn’t Working
February 09, 2023

Data Shows China’s Coercive Diplomacy Isn’t Working

By Ben Sando
A study by Doublethink Lab suggests that China’s pressure tactics are not making countries adopt foreign policies favorable to Beijing.
What the Partisan Conflict Over Ilhan Omar Means for China-US Relations
February 08, 2023

What the Partisan Conflict Over Ilhan Omar Means for China-US Relations

By Jiachen Shi
Omar – and other progressive Democrats – seem to be pivoting toward a harder line stance on China as they come under Republican fire.

Kim Jong Un Stirs Up Loyalty of KPA Officers Ahead of Military Parade  
February 08, 2023

Kim Jong Un Stirs Up Loyalty of KPA Officers Ahead of Military Parade  

By Mitch Shin
In a speech marking the 75th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), leader Kim Jong Un urged his military to faithfully inherit the revolutionary and fighting spirit. 

Mitsubishi Scraps Development of Japan’s Homegrown Jet
February 08, 2023

Mitsubishi Scraps Development of Japan’s Homegrown Jet

By Takahashi Kosuke
MHI has abandoned the long-held dream of debuting Japan’s first advanced jet liner, citing the lack of profitability. 

Japan Downgrades COVID-19 Threat Despite Spike in Deaths
February 08, 2023

Japan Downgrades COVID-19 Threat Despite Spike in Deaths

By Thisanka Siripala
The government lowered the legal status of COVID-19 even as it grapples with a deadly outbreak. 

China Is Far From Alone in Experiencing Population Decline
February 08, 2023

China Is Far From Alone in Experiencing Population Decline

By Michele Bruni
Beijing can glean valuable lessons from other countries’ struggles with low birthrates – first and foremost the need to embrace immigration.
Japan’s Kishida Fails to Learn Abe’s Political Lessons
February 08, 2023

Japan’s Kishida Fails to Learn Abe’s Political Lessons

By Carlos Ramirez
Abe Shinzo learned the hard way: Voters don’t care about foreign policy achievements if the economy is struggling.

Court Says South Korea Responsible for Vietnam War Massacre
February 08, 2023

Court Says South Korea Responsible for Vietnam War Massacre

By Kim Tong-hyung
The ruling marks the first time a South Korean court has found the government responsible for mass killings of Vietnamese civilians during the war.

Will Xi Jinping Make Taiwan a New Offer?
February 07, 2023

Will Xi Jinping Make Taiwan a New Offer?

By Jianli Yang
With “one country, two systems” losing its appeal to Taiwan, Xi Jinping tapped top CCP ideologue Wang Huning to craft China’s new Taiwan unification theory.

North Korea Calls for Perfecting War Preparedness 
February 07, 2023

North Korea Calls for Perfecting War Preparedness 

By Mitch Shin
During a meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea again showed its ceaseless efforts to strengthen its military capabilities.
What the Chinese Surveillance Balloon Incident Tells Us About US-China Relations
February 07, 2023

What the Chinese Surveillance Balloon Incident Tells Us About US-China Relations

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
A U.S. F-22 shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon that lingered in U.S. territorial airspace for days. What now?

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