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China’s Censors Aim to Contain Dissent During Harsh COVID-19 Lockdowns
May 18, 2022

China’s Censors Aim to Contain Dissent During Harsh COVID-19 Lockdowns

By Sarah Cook
Top doctors have been among those silenced for urging a shift away from China's draconian pandemic control strategy.
Which Yoon Should Biden Expect at the Upcoming South Korea-US Summit? 
May 17, 2022

Which Yoon Should Biden Expect at the Upcoming South Korea-US Summit? 

By Gi-Wook Shin and Kelsi Caywood
Yoon has been compared to Biden’s own nemesis, Donald Trump, but he is far from a political iconoclast.

Understanding the Extent (and Limits) of Chinese Public Support for Russia
May 17, 2022

Understanding the Extent (and Limits) of Chinese Public Support for Russia

By Brian Wong
The Chinese public is overwhelmingly on Russia's side amid the invasion of Ukraine, but there is little appetite for China to play an active role.

Why Taiwan Can’t Copy Ukraine’s Civil Defense Blueprint
May 17, 2022

Why Taiwan Can’t Copy Ukraine’s Civil Defense Blueprint

By James Baron
Replicating Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Force is not legally or politically feasible in Taiwan – at least for now.

Okinawa Marks 50 Years of End to US Rule Amid Protests
May 17, 2022

Okinawa Marks 50 Years of End to US Rule Amid Protests

By Mari Yamaguchi
Fifty years after Okinawa was returned to Japan’s control, locals continue to decry the outsized burden the island group carries in the Japan-U.S. security alliance.
Taiwan Fights for Its Diplomatic Survival in Latin America
May 16, 2022

Taiwan Fights for Its Diplomatic Survival in Latin America

By Patricio Giusto and Juan Manuel Harán
How long will the region’s smaller, cash-strapped countries be able to remain aligned with Taipei?  

Ukraine War: The Impact on Japan-Russia Relations
May 16, 2022

Ukraine War: The Impact on Japan-Russia Relations

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Jeffrey Hornung.
What’s Behind China’s Ban on NFTs?
May 16, 2022

What’s Behind China’s Ban on NFTs?

By Sara Hsu
Chinese authorities have made it clear that they do not welcome financial elements of the new economy, including NFTs.

North Korea’s COVID-19 Crisis
May 16, 2022

North Korea’s COVID-19 Crisis

By Mitch Shin
Pyongyang may resort to a nuclear test when it fails to prevent the spread of the coronavirus nationwide. 

Does the Russia-Ukraine War Herald a New Era for Japan’s Security Policy?
May 16, 2022

Does the Russia-Ukraine War Herald a New Era for Japan’s Security Policy?

By Craig Kafura
Is the war in Ukraine creating a Japanese Zeitenwende? It might be up to Prime Minister Kishida.

How Long Can Xi Prioritize ‘Zero COVID’ over the Economy?
May 14, 2022

How Long Can Xi Prioritize ‘Zero COVID’ over the Economy?

By Dan Macklin
Past precedent suggests the Chinese leader is willing to deprioritize growth to focus on more urgent goals, but only as long as he is supported by a sufficient economic cushion.
Why the Soviet Union’s 20th Party Congress Continues to Haunt China
May 14, 2022

Why the Soviet Union’s 20th Party Congress Continues to Haunt China

By Zhenze Huang
A lesson from 1956 continues to affect China’s understanding of political security -- especially as the CCP's own 20th Congress draws near.

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