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After Abe, Opportunities Loom for Japan-Indonesia Relations
September 22, 2020

After Abe, Opportunities Loom for Japan-Indonesia Relations

By Noto Suoneto and Birgitta Riani
Prime Minister Suga has a golden opportunity to deepen relations with key Indo-Pacific partners, including Indonesia.

Lee Teng-hui’s Memorial Service Provides Catalyst for Diplomatic Outreach to Taiwan
September 22, 2020

Lee Teng-hui’s Memorial Service Provides Catalyst for Diplomatic Outreach to Taiwan

By Shannon Tiezzi
In addition to a U.S. under secretary of state, a former Japanese prime minister was also in attendance.
Taiwan’s KMT Skips Key Cross-Strait Forum Over Comment by Chinese Talk Show Host
September 21, 2020

Taiwan’s KMT Skips Key Cross-Strait Forum Over Comment by Chinese Talk Show Host

By Nick Aspinwall
The Beijing-friendly opposition party said it would sit out the forum, overshadowing the annual event.

‘Mulan’ Wanted Chinese Money. Taiwan’s Rising Filmmakers Don’t.
September 18, 2020

‘Mulan’ Wanted Chinese Money. Taiwan’s Rising Filmmakers Don’t.

By Anthony Kao
As Taiwan decouples from China, its filmmakers are starting to eschew Chinese profits in favor of political expression.

Japan’s Defense Ministry Launches Protocol for UFO Sightings
September 18, 2020

Japan’s Defense Ministry Launches Protocol for UFO Sightings

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s Self Defense Force has received instruction on steps to take should a UFO be identified. 

The China Climate Challenge
September 18, 2020

The China Climate Challenge

By Scott Moore
What are the prospects for renewed U.S.-China cooperation on climate issues?

What the US Thinks It Learned About Kim Jong Un
September 18, 2020

What the US Thinks It Learned About Kim Jong Un

By Patrick M. Cronin
Dialogue with North Korea can deepen mutual understanding – or mutual mistrust.
The Desperation of Japan’s Detained Asylum Seekers
September 18, 2020

The Desperation of Japan’s Detained Asylum Seekers

By Taku Suzuki
A look back at the wave of hunger strikes among detained asylum seekers in Japan last year.

US Envoy to United Nations Meets With Taiwan Official in New York
September 18, 2020

US Envoy to United Nations Meets With Taiwan Official in New York

By Associated Press
The “historic” meeting comes amid a growing U.S. campaign to give Taiwan a voice in international bodies.

What Does China Think About NASA’s Artemis Accords?
September 17, 2020

What Does China Think About NASA’s Artemis Accords?

By Elliot Ji, Michael B. Cerny, and Raphael J. Piliero
China views the U.S. attempt to enshrine new principles for outer space with some skepticism.

From the Deal to Decoupling: Trump’s Evolution on China
September 17, 2020

From the Deal to Decoupling: Trump’s Evolution on China

By Bonnie Girard
How far can the administration push without completely upending the foundations of the U.S.-China relationship? We might be about to find out.
In Japan’s Post-Abe Era, Addressing Political Gender Inequality is Essential
September 17, 2020

In Japan’s Post-Abe Era, Addressing Political Gender Inequality is Essential

By Nick Stores
A more uncertain and competitive political climate could lead to urgently needed quota legislation for female politicians.

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