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It’s Official: China’s Longtime Ambassador to the US Is Leaving
June 23, 2021

It’s Official: China’s Longtime Ambassador to the US Is Leaving

By Shannon Tiezzi
Cui Tiankai announced his imminent departure this week. What does that mean for the China-U.S. relationship?

China Hates Crypto: Message Received
June 22, 2021

China Hates Crypto: Message Received

By Sara Hsu
The current crackdown on mining goes even further in eradicating cryptocurrency activities from China’s economy.
Can Japan Fix the Gender Gap in Its Politics?
June 22, 2021

Can Japan Fix the Gender Gap in Its Politics?

By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan remains hesitant to formally tackle its male-dominated political system. But one woman might beat the odds and force real change.

The EU’s Stake in the Taiwan Strait Issue
June 21, 2021

The EU’s Stake in the Taiwan Strait Issue

By Earl Wang
Recent statements reflect growing awareness of how a crisis in the strait would impact European interests.

Taiwan Under Fire for Racist Policies Toward Southeast Asian Workers
June 19, 2021

Taiwan Under Fire for Racist Policies Toward Southeast Asian Workers

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwanese factories, along with one county government, are implementing discriminatory policies that prohibit freedom of movement for Southeast Asian workers.

China’s Steady Space Progress Takes Another Leap
June 18, 2021

China’s Steady Space Progress Takes Another Leap

By Namrata Goswami
With the Shenzhou-12 launch and arrival of astronauts to the Tianhe core module, Beijing’s space ambitions are on target.

Apple Daily Editors Arrested Under Hong Kong Security Law
June 17, 2021

Apple Daily Editors Arrested Under Hong Kong Security Law

By Zen Soon
The five editors and executives are accused of conspiring with foreign countries to impose sanctions against China and Hong Kong.
Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia
June 17, 2021

Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
A donation of 1 million jabs to Vietnam could be followed by shipments to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

China Says Nuclear Fuel Rods Damaged, No Radiation Leak
June 16, 2021

China Says Nuclear Fuel Rods Damaged, No Radiation Leak

By Joe McDonald
"There is no problem of radioactive leakage to the environment," China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a statement.

Japanese Corporations Get VIP COVID-19 Vaccine Treatment Ahead of Immunity Passports
June 16, 2021

Japanese Corporations Get VIP COVID-19 Vaccine Treatment Ahead of Immunity Passports

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite a lagging vaccination rollout, Japan has set its sights on issuing vaccine passports and ensuring corporations get priority jabs.

Moon’s Last Chance on North Korea
June 15, 2021

Moon’s Last Chance on North Korea

By Mitch Shin
In his final months in office, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has few options for pursuing better relations with the North.
What the G-7 Summit in Cornwall Means for Asia
June 15, 2021

What the G-7 Summit in Cornwall Means for Asia

By Duncan Bartlett
Besides seeing a stronger stance emerge on China, the summit had implications for the North Korea issue as well as Japan-South Korea relations.

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