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Can China Achieve Its BRICS Ambitions?
July 02, 2022

Can China Achieve Its BRICS Ambitions?

By Jacob Mardell
Beijing has so far failed to turn the grouping into an anti-U.S. coalition, but Washington shouldn’t sleep on the bloc’s dissatisfaction with the status quo.

Japan Awards Contract to Shipbuilder JMU for 12 New Offshore Patrol Vessels
July 02, 2022

Japan Awards Contract to Shipbuilder JMU for 12 New Offshore Patrol Vessels

By Kosuke Takahashi
The new ships are supposed to be both more capable and more automated than current vessels.
Can South Korea Bridge NATO and the US Indo-Pacific Strategy?
July 02, 2022

Can South Korea Bridge NATO and the US Indo-Pacific Strategy?

By Sukjoon Yoon
What is the link between the North Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific regions, and what is South Korea’s role in this reimagined security framework?

Xi Defends Vision of Hong Kong on 25th Anniversary of Return
July 02, 2022

Xi Defends Vision of Hong Kong on 25th Anniversary of Return

By Zen Soo
Xi Jinping praised the city for overcoming “violent social unrest” and emphasized Beijing’s “comprehensive jurisdiction” over Hong Kong.

Ardern-Kishida Meeting: Stepping up the New Zealand-Japan Strategic Partnership
July 01, 2022

Ardern-Kishida Meeting: Stepping up the New Zealand-Japan Strategic Partnership

By Tadashi Iwami
The New Zealand prime minister's visit to Japan was a strategic move to reconnect with a close partner to deal with expanding security issues in the Indo-Pacific region. 

New Constitutional Amendments in Mongolia: Real Reform or Political Opportunism?
July 01, 2022

New Constitutional Amendments in Mongolia: Real Reform or Political Opportunism?

By Munkhnaran Bayarlkhagva
There are serious issue with Mongolia's political system. Will the current proposals for constitutional amendment address those problems?

China’s Up-and-Coming Sports Gear Makers: When Politics Meets Business
July 01, 2022

China’s Up-and-Coming Sports Gear Makers: When Politics Meets Business

By Nils Bayer
China’s indigenous sports apparel companies have made great strides in their domestic market, in part by embracing the CCP’s line. That decision poses steep hurdles for their expansion abroad.
With Kinmen Comments, Ko Wen-je Dives Into Cross-Strait Debate
July 01, 2022

With Kinmen Comments, Ko Wen-je Dives Into Cross-Strait Debate

By Brian Hioe
The Taipei mayor’s embrace of a bridge linking Taiwan’s outlying islands with the Chinese mainland stoked controversy.

South Korea’s Space Program Is a Big Deal
July 01, 2022

South Korea’s Space Program Is a Big Deal

By Andy Hong
The successful launch of the domestically produced Nuri rocket has implications for the nation, the region, and the world.

Xi Visits a Changed Hong Kong for Handover Anniversary
July 01, 2022

Xi Visits a Changed Hong Kong for Handover Anniversary

By Zen Soo
China's top leader is paying his first visit to Hong Kong since the massive protests of 2019 – and the resulting National Security Law that has reshaped life in the city.

How the War in Ukraine Could Change Japan’s Refugee Policies
July 01, 2022

How the War in Ukraine Could Change Japan’s Refugee Policies

By Jakob Ranglin Grissler
The case of the Ukrainian refugees, who do not fall into the traditional definition of refugees, could add momentum to efforts to overhaul Japan’s refugee and immigration policies.
Assimilation: China’s Failed Strategy in Xinjiang
June 30, 2022

Assimilation: China’s Failed Strategy in Xinjiang

By Bonnie Girard
China’s approach to Xinjiang rests on forced assimilation, a difficult task in a society where even those who wish to assimilate struggle to do so.

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