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Mismanagement Fuels Mongolia’s COVID-19 Spike
April 22, 2021

Mismanagement Fuels Mongolia’s COVID-19 Spike

By Oyunsuren Damdinsuren
Inconsistent policies and double standard are confusing Mongolia's pandemic response at the most critical time.

Can Japan’s ‘Invisible’ Diplomacy Help Solve the Myanmar Crisis?
April 22, 2021

Can Japan’s ‘Invisible’ Diplomacy Help Solve the Myanmar Crisis?

By Keiho Sasamori
Japan has been criticized for seeming inaction following the coup and ensuring crackdown. But there are hints Tokyo is taking action behind the scenes.
Engagement With China Worked After All
April 22, 2021

Engagement With China Worked After All

By Lance L.P. Gore
China’s sharp swing to the left under Xi surprised many. But rather than a new normal, his generation may be the last gasp of old-school Maoism in the country.

Latin America Believed in Chinese Vaccines. Now It May Have Reason to Rethink.
April 21, 2021

Latin America Believed in Chinese Vaccines. Now It May Have Reason to Rethink.

By Isabel Bernhard
China’s latest disclosure could reconfigure regional politics and promote domestic development across the Americas.

The Missing Uyghur Children
April 21, 2021

The Missing Uyghur Children

By Tasnim Nazeer
“I don't know if my children are dead or alive”: Uyghur parents share the anguish of being separated from their children.

China’s Military Has a Hidden Weakness
April 20, 2021

China’s Military Has a Hidden Weakness

By Steve Sacks
High-tech new weapons are useful, but current military reform shortfalls hinder the PLA’s ability to employ such hardware.

Beijing’s Military-Heavy Approach to Taiwan Locks the US and China in a Security Dilemma
April 20, 2021

Beijing’s Military-Heavy Approach to Taiwan Locks the US and China in a Security Dilemma

By Jo Kim
Beijing’s non-military options for coercing Taiwan are showing dwindling returns, meaning China is increasingly using military signaling to respond to any perceived provocation.
Grappling With Parliament Limiting His Powers, Mongolian President Moves to Dissolve Ruling Party
April 20, 2021

Grappling With Parliament Limiting His Powers, Mongolian President Moves to Dissolve Ruling Party

By Marissa Smith, Bulgan Batdorj, and Julian Dierkes
Political maneuvering ahead of June's presidential election may post a general threat to Mongolia's democracy.

As Approval Rating Declines, Moon Reshuffles Cabinet Ministers 
April 20, 2021

As Approval Rating Declines, Moon Reshuffles Cabinet Ministers 

By Mitch Shin
Following setbacks at the polls, President Moon is hoping to stave off lame-duck status by shaking up his cabinet.

‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas
April 20, 2021

‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas

By Scott W. Harold
With both countries facing serious challenges at home, their leaders remained committed to building a personal rapport.

Why Matsuyama at the Masters Matters
April 20, 2021

Why Matsuyama at the Masters Matters

By Layne Vandenberg
The impact of Hideki Matsuyama’s victory at the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament could be diminished by barriers to entry and ongoing stereotypes about Asian athletes. 
Kerry Visits Renews China-US Climate Cooperation
April 20, 2021

Kerry Visits Renews China-US Climate Cooperation

By Shannon Tiezzi
The joint statement included some welcome commitments, and held out hope for more progress in the future.

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