East & Pacific Asia

China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The end to the U.S.—status quo?

As the US increasingly vacates its leadership role within international institutions, China seeks to fill the gap through regional institutions it dominates. This implies potential shifts in how multilateralism is practiced.

Sanctions are Driving Market Reforms in North Korea

The United States faces pressure from South Korea to ease sanctions on North Korea in hopes it will speed liberalizing reforms. This would be a mistake.

On Huawei, Canada Risks Far More Than Hypocrisy

Last month Canada was thrown into the international spotlight when Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver at the request of US authorities. She is suspected of committing fraud by violating US sanctions against Iran. China responded in turn, detaining two Canadian citizens and sentencing a third,…

Walled Gardens: Google’s Misstep Highlights Threats to Internet Freedom

On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai found himself testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Subjects discussed ranged from artificial intelligence to political bias to manipulation of search results. Project DragonFly was also on the table, though Pichai was quick to dismiss the endeavor. He told the committee that Google has…

Restarting Nuclear Talks

The nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea (DPRK) seemed to have stalled. The meeting that was originally scheduled for early November in New York City was cancelled at the last minute. Some are speculating that that this is due to disagreement over the interpretation of the Singapore declaration. This should have been…

Through the Looking Glass – ASEAN-EU Relations in a New Era

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit last October marked the 40th anniversary of the formal relations between the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The biennial event, which gathered more than fifty heads of state, offers a unique platform for these two regional bodies to exchange their shared goals and differences.…

Hong Kong’s Fight for True Democracy Comes as an Inconvenience to Others

For the thirteenth consecutive week, massive community mobilization is underway in Hong Kong as protestors fight to safeguard their freedoms and hold the government accountable for abuses of power. As the power struggle between Beijing and Hong Kong ensues, protestors must also handle trivializing criticism from outsiders.

Espionage and Discrimination in Science: China’s Complicated Role

China is stealing research secrets from institutions around the world. As a result, Chinese scientists are more likely to experience discrimination in research settings. Are policymakers stuck choosing between securing research and securing civil rights?

Myths in the Media: Why We Need To Get North Korea “Right”

North Korea is, by design, is the most isolated country in the world, making it an imperative that information is reported fairly and accurately. But how do we make sure the information is fair and accurate?

For the Chinese, Trade War Success is a Matter of Pride

In bringing the United States to the brink of trade war with China, President Donald Trump wants to narrow the US trade deficit and loosen business restrictions. But what does China want?

China Doesn’t Want Arms Control

The United States and Russia want China to join arms control talks. Transparency and an intermediate range missile gap are key drivers of that push, but talks are DOA as China regards both issues of considerable importance to its defense.

Casualties of the trade war: Washington rhetoric helps legitimize China’s authoritarian policies

US-China trade tensions allow Beijing to hide unfair trade practices and human rights abuses behind politicized rhetoric. Trump administration critics should ensure their criticisms don’t overshadow China’s responsibility for its actions.