For the internet age, Taiwan’s ICT industry needs a new model

A mother and daughter try a new laptop at a major electronics market in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Andy Yee, Hong Kong

Taiwan has long been a world leader in high-tech hardware manufacturing, with roots all the way back to the era of export-oriented industrialisation in the 1960s. Its companies command huge market shares in critical ICT products, ranging from computer chips and smartphones to personal computers. Read more…

The twin faces of Japanese nationalism

An elderly man holds a national flag and bows as he pays a tribunal visit to Yasukuni Shrine in  Tokyo to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Andy Yee, Hong Kong

As George Orwell put it in Nineteen Eighty-Four, ‘[w]ho controls the past controls the future’.

In contemporary Japan, national memory is an ideological battleground. The future of Japan’s nationalism, its postwar pacifist regime, and the international relations of the Asia Pacific depend on whose history prevails. Read more…

Taiwan’s transformation: embracing the internet economy

The big question for Taiwan is whether it can act quickly enough to fully realise the benefits now available with the internet, mobile devices and IT-enabled business processes. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Andy Yee, Hong Kong

HTC, a leading Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer and once the most valuable company on the Taiwan stock exchange, has seen its market share and revenue plummeting since 2011.

Formerly the pride of Taiwanese tech companies, HTC’s share of the global smartphone market has declined by half from 11 per cent in the second quarter of 2011. Read more…

Technology and culture to drive East Asia’s next digital revolution

Apple Store in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. (Photo: Flickr user jpellgen)

Author: Andy Yee, Hong Kong

East Asia has long been at the forefront of the hardware digital revolution, boasting some of the world’s most highly connected societies.

And with a second digital revolution under way, the region’s diverse cultures are set to find new ways of combining technology and culture. Read more…

International cyber war: limits and possibilities

Cybercrime computer security expert, Mikko H. Hypponen, giving us a great talk at TEDx Brussels on cyber security, online attacks, and the freedom of the internet. (Photo: Flickr user PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE)

Author: Andy Yee, Hong Kong

A recent Bloomberg report declared the China-based hacking of hundreds of US companies a ‘cyber Cold War’.

In August 2010, after Japanese firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries became the subject of cyber attacks from China, one commentator in the Financial Times suggested that cyber threats might provide new common ground to re-energise the traditional military security alliance between the US and Japan. Read more…

India and Japan’s involvement in the South China Sea disputes

US Marines based in Okinawa, Japan, and their Philippine counterpart storm a beach during the annual joint military exercise northwest of Manila, Philippines. More than 200 US and Filipino marines took part in the mock assault of a hostile beach head in a war exercise near a South China Sea shoal disputed by China and the Philippines but officials say China was not an imaginary target. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Andy Yee, Hong Kong

Geopolitical tensions continue to simmer in the South China Sea after the Obama administration’s declaration last year of a US ‘return to Asia’ stirred up regional dynamics.

Now, non-claimant states India and Japan are entering into the fray. Read more…

Vietnam and the Philippines: Assertiveness in the South China Sea

Police officers watch in the background as a protester burns a mock Chinese flag during a protest to call for US support in the Philippines claim of the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Andy Yee, Hong Kong

At a time when Chinese power is inchoate, Vietnam and the Philippines are becoming increasingly assertive in the South China Sea.

China has tried both the ‘carrot’ and ‘stick’ approach, and neither has been successful. Read more…