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Deconstructing China’s Interest in the Niger-Benin Rapprochement

Deconstructing China’s Interest in the Niger-Benin Rapprochement

By Samir Bhattacharya
Beijing’s motivations concerning the conflict resolution in Niger include a mix of economic, political and reputational drivers.
In Lawmaking, the Details Matter. Taiwan Would be Wise to Remember That

In Lawmaking, the Details Matter. Taiwan Would be Wise to Remember That

By Adam King and Daniel Twining
Beijing could be a winner as Taipei rushes to pass new law.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

By Shannon Tiezzi
Chiang Min-yen, a non-resident fellow at the Taiwan Economic Democracy Union, joins The Diplomat to discuss the concerns over the bill, the China factor, and what comes next. 

How Will the Lai Government Handle Taiwan’s Maritime Disputes?

How Will the Lai Government Handle Taiwan’s Maritime Disputes?

By Brandon Tran
Like Beijing, Taipei officially maintains claims over islands in the East and South China Seas disputed with Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Why Are Taiwanese Youth Protesting Against Legislative Reform?

Why Are Taiwanese Youth Protesting Against Legislative Reform?

By Austin Horng-En Wang, Fang-Yu Chen, Charles K. S. Wu, and Yao-Yuan Yeh
Many young Taiwanese voted for the third-party TPP, but now are opposed to its efforts to push through a new reform package.
Striking a Balance: China’s AI Ambitions and the Quest for Safety

Striking a Balance: China’s AI Ambitions and the Quest for Safety

By Nick Corvino and Nico Han
Can China’s push for rapid AI development be reconciled with rising calls for safety guardrails?

Why Japan Is Lagging Behind in Cyber Defense Capabilities

Why Japan Is Lagging Behind in Cyber Defense Capabilities

By Takahashi Kosuke
To introduce active cyber defenses, Tokyo will need to overhaul its bureaucracy and legal framework. 
China-Israel Relations: Caught in a Downward Spiral

China-Israel Relations: Caught in a Downward Spiral

By Hongda Fan
Official relations and public perceptions have both taken huge damage since the October 7 attack by Hamas and Israel’s massive military deployment in Gaza.

With Military Drills, Info Ops, China Steps up Gray Zone Pressure on Taiwan’s New Government

With Military Drills, Info Ops, China Steps up Gray Zone Pressure on Taiwan’s New Government

By Sze-Fung Lee
It’s time to pursue cross-domain deterrence against China’s hybrid warfare in the Taiwan Strait. 

The Bipartisan Clash Over US Electric Vehicle Policy

The Bipartisan Clash Over US Electric Vehicle Policy

By Yingfan Chen and Dingding Chen
The Biden administration’s strategy to compete with China’s dominance hasn’t won buy-in from Republicans, who are skeptical about the entire industry.

Osaka Will Host the 2025 World Expo. Can Japan Pull It Off?

Osaka Will Host the 2025 World Expo. Can Japan Pull It Off?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan is pushing a PR campaign for the embattled Osaka Expo in 2025, despite waning public enthusiasm.
Georgia’s Tacit Pivot to China

Georgia’s Tacit Pivot to China

By Ketevan Chincharadze
China emerges as the Georgian government’s prudent alternative to Russia and the West as it deals with civil upheaval over the alleged pro-Russian “foreign agents” bill.

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