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East Asia

Comparing Gray-Zone Tactics in the Red Sea and the South China Sea

Comparing Gray-Zone Tactics in the Red Sea and the South China Sea

By Thomas Lim and Eric Ang
The Houthis’ activities in the Red Sea and the Chinese actions around Second Thomas Shoal have notable similarities in tactical conduct and adversarial responses.

It Is High Time to Engage North Korea

It Is High Time to Engage North Korea

By Jongsoo Lee
The alternative is to do nothing and drift into an even more serious crisis as North Korea further builds up its nuclear and missile capabilities.
Iran’s Mass Strike on Israel Highlights Why Taiwan’s Air Defenses Can’t Hold up

Iran’s Mass Strike on Israel Highlights Why Taiwan’s Air Defenses Can’t Hold up

By A. B. Abrams
The Iranian operation highlights the difficulties that air defense efforts face, particularly when relying on costly Western equipment to counter large volumes of low-cost drones and missiles.

US and Europe: 2 Different Approaches to Restricting Chinese EVs

US and Europe: 2 Different Approaches to Restricting Chinese EVs

By You Wang
As China's overcapacity becomes a buzzword, restrictions on Chinese electric vehicles are expected. However, the objectives, approaches, and anticipated outcomes differ between Europe and the U.S.

Parsing China’s Panda Diplomacy

Parsing China’s Panda Diplomacy

By Jeremiah May
Beijing seems less inclined to loan the famous bears to countries that criticize its behavior. So why did Xi Jinping decide to give pandas back to the U.S.?

Japan’s ‘Grave Concern’ Over New Hong Kong Legislation

Japan’s ‘Grave Concern’ Over New Hong Kong Legislation

By KAWASHIMA Shin
Tokyo is worried about the Safeguarding National Security Bill.

Taiwan’s Incoming Lai Administration Takes Shape

Taiwan’s Incoming Lai Administration Takes Shape

By Brian Hioe
Lai Ching-te's choice of Cabinet appointments suggests that he will continue to emphasize continuity with the Tsai administration.
The Dire State of Women’s Rights in North Korea

The Dire State of Women’s Rights in North Korea

By Sang Yong Lee
While the country espouses an official commitment to gender equality, the reality for women is one of discrimination and limited opportunities.

Beyond Tariffs: Overcapacity Ignites Fresh Tensions in China-US Trade Relations

Beyond Tariffs: Overcapacity Ignites Fresh Tensions in China-US Trade Relations

By Lizzi C. Lee
Traditional tools no longer suffice. Policymakers in both countries must embrace paradigm-shifting solutions for new challenges.

How Likely Is a Japan-North Korea Summit?

How Likely Is a Japan-North Korea Summit?

By Cao Nguyen Khanh Huyen
Unless Japan can truly offer progress on Pyongyang’s vital concerns, a bilateral summit is unlikely to materialize.

What the Revamp of the Japan-US Alliance Structure Means for South Korea

What the Revamp of the Japan-US Alliance Structure Means for South Korea

By James JB Park
New security and military arrangements will have knock-on effects for both Japan and South Korea, their respective U.S. forces, and the regional security architecture.
The Consequences of China’s Voracious Appetite for Illicit South African Abalone 

The Consequences of China’s Voracious Appetite for Illicit South African Abalone 

By Nicholas Muller
With profound cultural significance in Asia, poached abalone is trafficked across the globe, inflicting significant harm on disadvantaged South African coastal communities where poaching means survival.

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