Politics

US President’s Asia Trip: More Appearance than Substance

Is there any Asian government looking forward to President Trump’s visit to Asia? With friends (if any) and foes alike baffled and worried about his next tweet or outburst, his friends seem to be a trifecta of ...

Obama’s Pivot in the Trump Era

In 2011, President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech in Canberra  that announced the US would  “pivot” its focus to Asia in a bid to establish an enduring framework for engagement. In doing so the President sought to make a clear declaration that America’s f...

China Seeks to Lure Taiwanese Academics

China has once again dug deep into its bag of tricks in its campaign to rein in Taiwan with the education department of Fujian Province announcing plans to recruit 1,000 Taiwanese academics to teach at its univ...

The US pushes ties with “ally” India

Increasingly wooed by the US as a buffer and ally against the growing might of China, India’s balancing act in relation to its bigger and more powerful neighbor has come into sharp focus in the past week. Re...

Taj Mahal in Political Crossfire over Nationalism

The Taj Mahal, India's most popular cultural symbol and its most recognizable icon, called one of the most universally admired masterpieces of the world’s architectural heritage, is caught in a political crossf...

Malaysia’s Sultans Take on Religious Intolerance

Malaysia has been thrown into a royal shambles by a growing rivalry between the country’s nine religiously moderate sultans and its conservative mullahs, considered by many to be "nouveaux royals" vying for the attention of ethnic Malay Muslims. Political a...

New Nails in Hong Kong’s Coffin

It was Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s big day, her first annual policy address and one to lay out her agenda for her whole five-year term. But it just happened to coincide with the denial of entry...