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East & Pacific Asia

Preventing an Outbreak? The Impact of COVID-19 on North Korea

nations, as they work to return to a post-pandemic normalcy, are taking a holistic look at the impact of COVID-19 within their borders. North Korea, however, maintains that, despite testing 31,794 people, zero cases have been confirmed within its borders. According to a statement from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, North Korea’s ability to maintain zero cases within its borders is due to “the measures of isolation and quarantine” taken early enough “by the Party and the government of the DPRK” and the “concerted action and mobilization of the whole society and entire people.” North Korea’s actions, however, were designed to spare a vulnerable health care system from a catastrophic shock rather than ensure quality of life for regular North Koreans.

China’s Emerging Data Governance Regime: A Bid for New Norms

Over the past year, China has built up a comprehensive set of data governance policies dictating the use and sharing of citizens’ information. The differences between Chinese compliance requirements and those of European or North American countries illustrates China’s unique conception of privacy and offers an alternative set of data governance norms for authoritarian states.

Biden’s Peninsula: A Korea Policy Outline for a New Administration

Among the variety of foreign policy challenges the new Biden administration faces, effectively coordinating a policy toward the Korean peninsula is a critical challenge. After all, the peninsula is home to a key adversary and ally. North Korea The biggest issue inherited by the Biden administration is unraveling the personalized approach to North Korea favored…

Accelerate Indigenous Language Reclamation in Australia

Investment into Indigenous languages remains a low priority for the Australian government. Yet without more federal coordination and funding, Indigenous languages risk being lost forever. Protecting linguistic diversity is a global responsibility and Australia needs to accelerate its efforts.

Pyongyang’s Princess: The Rise of Kim Yo-Jong

Although Kim Yo-jong has taken on a prominent role within the North Korean regime, she is not poised to be a successor to Kim Jung-un.

What’s Next for Hong Kong Protests? Geopolitics Will Drive China’s Response

This summer marks one full year of continuous protests in Hong Kong against encroachment by mainland China. While Beijing will prioritize indirect means of controlling Hong Kong, military force may be on the horizon if China finds appropriate justification.

Government-Led Innovation: China’s Path to the First World

China’s central government is driving a massive innovation campaign. This has the potential to rapidly transition China from a cheap goods manufacturer to a technological powerhouse. It could also fail miserably.

Taiwan’s Inexorable Drift from China

While China aggressively pushes for Taiwan to reunify under China, Taiwanese identity continues to decouple from Chinese identity.

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…