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The End of Senior Politics in China
September 26, 2022

The End of Senior Politics in China

By Zhuoran Li
Xi Jinping is the first leader since 1978 not to be constrained by powerful elders in the CCP.

Hong Kong to End Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for Travelers
September 24, 2022

Hong Kong to End Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for Travelers

By Zen Soo
Hong Kong has mostly aligned with China’s “zero-COVID” strategy. Now Chief Executive John Lee says the city must provide “maximum room” for “connectivity with the world.”
South Korea, US, Japan Reaffirm Joint Stance on North Korea’s Missile Threats
September 23, 2022

South Korea, US, Japan Reaffirm Joint Stance on North Korea’s Missile Threats

By Mitch Shin
The top diplomats from the three countries met in New York on Thursday to coordinate the joint response over North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

Strengthening Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Japan-US Alliance
September 23, 2022

Strengthening Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Japan-US Alliance

By Carl Rehberg, Chris Bassler , and Herbert Kemp
The Japan-U.S. alliance has made steady and incremental progress toward preparing for future crises and contingencies. More needs to be done.

How China’s Extreme Weather Summer Is Affecting Its Security
September 23, 2022

How China’s Extreme Weather Summer Is Affecting Its Security

By Genevieve Donnellon-May and Zhang Hongzhou
Climate shocks are impacting China’s energy, water, and food security ambitions.

North Korea Denies Sending Arms to Russia Amid Ukraine War
September 22, 2022

North Korea Denies Sending Arms to Russia Amid Ukraine War

By Kim Tong-Hyung
“We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them,” state media quoted a North Korean official as saying.

Making Sense of Biden’s Taiwan Policy
September 22, 2022

Making Sense of Biden’s Taiwan Policy

By Denny Roy
The Biden team thinks its adjustments to Taiwan policy will prevent a miscalculation by Beijing. Unfortunately, that may itself be a miscalculation.
South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol Finally Meets Japan’s Prime Minister
September 22, 2022

South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol Finally Meets Japan’s Prime Minister

By Mitch Shin
While Yoon failed to hold a formal summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, he succeeded in having an “informal meeting” with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. 

The Paradox of China-Japan Relations
September 22, 2022

The Paradox of China-Japan Relations

By Jio Kamata
“Hot economics, cold politics” continues to underscore the China-Japan relationship. Even as political relations fray, economic ties have never been stronger.

US Moves Toward ‘Strategic Clarity’ Reveal Old Rifts in China-US Relations
September 22, 2022

US Moves Toward ‘Strategic Clarity’ Reveal Old Rifts in China-US Relations

By Kuan-Ting Chen and Joe Baldock
As President Biden doubles down on his commitment to defend Taiwan, the discrepancies between Chinese and U.S. interpretations of their foundational diplomatic policies are beginning to show.

China’s Public Opinion Is Shifting Away From Russia
September 21, 2022

China’s Public Opinion Is Shifting Away From Russia

By Mu Chunshan
Anyone relying only on official pronouncements and the state media may have missed that Chinese public opinion is turning against Russia – and toward Ukraine – as the war drags on.
The US Opioid Problem Is Also a China Problem
September 21, 2022

The US Opioid Problem Is Also a China Problem

By Jim Crotty
China makes the bulk of fentanyl precursor chemicals and shows little interest in stopping the outflow.

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