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Beijing’s Crackdown Runs Into Hong Kong’s Rule of Law
January 27, 2021

Beijing’s Crackdown Runs Into Hong Kong’s Rule of Law

By Sarah Cook
Pushback against politically motivated prosecutions is emerging from lawyers, judges, and the principles of Hong Kong’s common law system itself.

The Tactical Implications of North Korea’s Military Modernization
January 27, 2021

The Tactical Implications of North Korea’s Military Modernization

By Liang Tuang Nah
Displays of new North Korean military equipment are likely meant to implement deterrence via posturing, with no real impact on the regional balance of power.  
With New PM, a New Generation Taking Charge in Mongolia
January 27, 2021

With New PM, a New Generation Taking Charge in Mongolia

By Bolor Lkhaajav and Julian Dierkes
Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene represents a new type of Mongolian leader: a younger, Western-educated professional with a strong policy focus.

China Lengthens its Overseas Gambling Travel Blacklist
January 27, 2021

China Lengthens its Overseas Gambling Travel Blacklist

By Sebastian Strangio
The blacklist is aimed at preventing Chinese nationals from gambling abroad, but Beijing's anti-gambling drive faces many obstacles.

IOC, Tokyo Olympics to Unveil Rule Book for Beating Pandemic
January 27, 2021

IOC, Tokyo Olympics to Unveil Rule Book for Beating Pandemic

By Associated Press
Japanese opinion polls that show 80 percent of those surveyed think the Olympics should be canceled or postponed.

Hong Kongers Are Still Reluctant to Move to the Mainland
January 27, 2021

Hong Kongers Are Still Reluctant to Move to the Mainland

By Jason Hung
Hong Kongers are not keen to relocate to China’s Greater Bay Area, despite encouragement from Xi Jinping.

Relative of Virus Victim Asks to Meet WHO Experts in Wuhan
January 27, 2021

Relative of Virus Victim Asks to Meet WHO Experts in Wuhan

By Associated Press
The relatives of the dead have faced immense pressure from authorities not to speak out.
Parsing China’s ‘Cancel Culture’
January 26, 2021

Parsing China’s ‘Cancel Culture’

By Gabriel Fung
How does China use nationalism in international brand controversies? And where are its limits?

Conflict Between South Korea and Japan Surges Again With Court’s ‘Comfort Women’ Decision
January 26, 2021

Conflict Between South Korea and Japan Surges Again With Court’s ‘Comfort Women’ Decision

By Mitch Shin
The Japanese government rejected a court ruling on compensation for South Korean women forced into sexual slavery during World War II. 

Japan’s Arms Exports: A Prudent Possibility Amid Enduring Challenges
January 26, 2021

Japan’s Arms Exports: A Prudent Possibility Amid Enduring Challenges

By John Wright
Japan needs to urgently address key structural problems in order to build an export-driven defense industry.

China’s Xi Champions Multilateralism at Davos, Again
January 26, 2021

China’s Xi Champions Multilateralism at Davos, Again

By Eleanor Albert
Once again, China's leader addressed the World Economic Forum to outline his vision for global governance.
The Digital War: US-China Tech Competition in the Biden Era
January 26, 2021

The Digital War: US-China Tech Competition in the Biden Era

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Winston Ma.

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