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Australia’s iron(ic) curtain hurting China ties


Author: Gregory McCarthy, PKU 2017 was earmarked to celebrate 45 years of Australian–Chinese diplomatic relations. Instead, Australia alleged that China interfered in its national affairs and the China Daily reported that an on-line poll had voted Australia as the ‘least friendly nation to China in 2017’. Likewise, a Global Times editorial accused Australia of McCarthyism […]

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Will the seniority rule wreck Abe’s wage rise?


Author: Naohiro Yashiro, Showa Women’s University ‘Shunto’ is a nation-wide wage negotiation called every spring between companies and enterprise-based labour unions in Japan. Shunto attracted special attention this year after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged the top leader of the Keidanren (the association of Japan’s CEOs) to target a 3 per cent wage increase. Companies […]

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Campus connections matter for Australia–China relations


Author: Brian P Schmidt, ANU China is a partner of Australia and it must remain so. The two countries are geographically close and the 2015 China–Australia Free Trade Agreement has narrowed the distance further. At the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese government mapped out its economic plan for the next […]

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The Korean peninsula after the Olympic detente


Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have grabbed the attention of the entire world. Athletes on the ice rinks and slopes have had to share the media spotlight with North Korea’s charm offensive. But after the Korean games, have the chances for peace and stability in Northeast Asia been given […]

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Moon’s bet on the Olympics: what comes next?


Authors: Gi-Wook Shin and Joyce Lee, Stanford University Although peace was the prevailing theme of the opening night at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the air in the VIP box was charged with awkwardness and intimidation. According to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, North and South Korea had sent a ‘powerful message of peace’ to […]

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China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East


Author: James M Dorsey, RSIS The Middle East has a knack for sucking external powers into its conflicts. China’s ventures into the region have shown how difficult it is to maintain its principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states. China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria […]

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Government policies fuel South Korea’s HIV epidemic


Author: Sini-Petriina Kuusisto, University of Sheffield In South Korea, government policies are contributing to the spread of HIV and AIDS. During the 2017 presidential elections, candidate Hong Jun-pyo incorrectly claimed on live television that ‘because of homosexuality there are over 14,000 AIDS cases in South Korea’. Given Hong’s powerful position as a highly influential politician, […]

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Abe’s constitutional change no cause for fear


Author: Ted Gover, Central Texas College Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to amend Japan’s post-war pacifist Constitution is well known. Many analysts believe that 2018 will be the year Abe makes a push to revise Article 9, which outlaws war and offensive forces. Abe is buoyed by the October 2017 electoral victory of his […]

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US diplomatic demolition not here to stay


Author: Jeffrey Robertson, ANU On 30 January 2018, a Washington Post op-ed penned by Victor Cha confirmed that he was no longer under consideration to be appointed as US ambassador to South Korea. The story behind the event is telling. The Trump administration waited around a year to appoint an ambassador to South Korea, asked […]

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Is Singapore Sri Lanka’s door to East Asia?


Authors: Ganeshan Wignaraja and Divya Hundlani, LKI In a bid to strengthen economic relations, Sri Lanka and Singapore signed a bilateral free trade agreement on 23 January 2018. In spite of the two islands’ decades of warm diplomatic relations, Singapore comprised only 1.1 per cent of Sri Lanka’s exports and 5.3 per cent of imports […]

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