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10 Years After the UN Report: The International Community’s Role in Improving Human Rights in North Korea

10 Years After the UN Report: The International Community’s Role in Improving Human Rights in North Korea

By Ilhyeok Kim
The Commission of Inquiry Report on North Korea shocked the world with revelations of horrific abuses. It's time to take stock of what progress has been achieved since then.
The Prospects for Taiwan-EU Cooperation

The Prospects for Taiwan-EU Cooperation

By Francis Shin
Taiwan’s President-elect Lai Ching-te wants to bolster economic and security cooperation with the EU. Will Europe be able to meet Taiwan halfway?

China’s Chronic Zero COVID Trauma

China’s Chronic Zero COVID Trauma

By Donald Low
More than a year after China scrapped its zero-COVID policy, it has become clear that most analysts underestimated the adverse impacts on business and consumer sentiment. 

The Benefits of Japan’s Climate Transition Bond 

The Benefits of Japan’s Climate Transition Bond 

By Walter James
The government plans to use the proceeds on technologies that will steer Japan’s government and industry on the right track in terms of both climate and export competitiveness.

Taiwan’s Semiconductor Talent Shortage

Taiwan’s Semiconductor Talent Shortage

By Ray Wang
The island's famed semiconductor sector is struggling to recruit sufficient numbers of chipmakers, posing a long-term threat to the industry.
The China-Built Addis-Djibouti Railway Gains Steam

The China-Built Addis-Djibouti Railway Gains Steam

By Istvan Tarrosy and Zoltan Voros
A new approach to utilizing the potential of the two-country railway line has already been producing several of the desired results. A people-centered turn is yet to come.

How to De-Risk From China: Lessons From Italy

How to De-Risk From China: Lessons From Italy

By Nicola Casarini
Italy’s de-risking has been a gradual, and often winding, process of reducing critical dependencies on China. But is it permanent?
Kishida’s Struggle to Win Over Japan’s Conservatives 

Kishida’s Struggle to Win Over Japan’s Conservatives 

By Jio Kamata
Despite progress on key conservative priorities, the Japanese prime minister hasn’t been able to shake his liberal reputation.

After Leak, Safety Panel Urges Fukushima Nuclear Plant Operator to Communicate Better 

After Leak, Safety Panel Urges Fukushima Nuclear Plant Operator to Communicate Better 

By Mari Yamaguchi
Last week’s leak of highly radioactive water could have been prevented, experts said, urging TEPCO to “very quickly communicate to the public what happened and why.”

China-Russia Energy Ties Feature in the Xi-Putin Lunar New Year Call 

China-Russia Energy Ties Feature in the Xi-Putin Lunar New Year Call 

By Joseph Webster
Sino-Russian oil trade grew in 2023, although Putin might have been piqued by Chinese actions on coal and inaction of the Power of Siberia 2 pipeline. 

What’s Driving Kim Jong Un’s New Regional Development Policy?

What’s Driving Kim Jong Un’s New Regional Development Policy?

By Lee Sang-yong
The plan acknowledges the severe disparity in living conditions between Pyongyang and the rest of the country – and the resulting public discontent.
‘To the Masses’: Decoding Xi Jinping’s Lunar New Year Visits

‘To the Masses’: Decoding Xi Jinping’s Lunar New Year Visits

By Zhuowen Li
Understanding Xi’s take on a longstanding CCP tradition: visiting ordinary citizens ahead of the holiday season.

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