Are East Asian states really hedging between the US and China?

President Barack Obama pauses during a joint news conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Darren J. Lim, ANU and Zack Cooper, CSIS

The term ‘hedging’, one of the most widely used in contemporary discussions on East Asian security, is intended to capture the fact that most states in the region face conflicting economic and security interests. States wish to maximise trade and investment ties with Beijing and welcome China into the region’s political order, but also feel the need to maintain a close security relationship with Washington. Read more…

Whither cross-Strait relations?

Taiwan opposition leader and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, speaks after receiving the certificate from Central Election Commission being elected as President, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Hoo Tiang Boon and James Char, RSIS

What does the victory of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan’s presidential election mean for cross-Strait relations? Today’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is a considerably different political animal to former president Chen Shui-bian’s DPP. Read more…

Economic imperatives warm Thai–Cambodian ties

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen signs a guest book as his Thai counterpart stands at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 December 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Greg Raymond, ANU

The December 2015 meeting between Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen has boosted bilateral relations. Relations got off to a rocky start after the Thai coup of May 2014 when Thailand abruptly ordered the exit of up to 100,000 unregistered Cambodian workers. Read more…

Pakistan inches towards stability

A farmer collects cauliflower harvested from a field on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, 24 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Ghulam Ali, Peking University

After a dramatic end to 2014, Pakistan has gradually moved towards greater political and economic stability. This has been largely due to its successes in reducing terrorism, which injected new hopes about the country’s ability to handle crises. Read more…

The new geo-politics in Asia…and farewell

Chinese President Xi Jinping steps out from behind China's flag as he takes his position for his joint news conference with President Barack Obama on 25 September 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

Many are trying to get their minds around what the huge change in the contours of regional power mean for the stability of the political order in Asia today. Are we doomed to inevitable conflict between the established powers, the United States in particular, and the emerging powers, notably China, as they jostle for political space? Read more…

Japan must carefully evaluate China’s strategic intentions

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Satoshi Amako, Waseda University

There is no doubt that China is building up its military capabilities. Nor that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the threat of China, which spends three times as much as Japan does on its national defence, as a justification for new security legislation in Japan. But deeper scrutiny of this issue requires a broader perspective on China’s strategic intentions.
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Tsai’s diplomatic dilemmas

In this photo taken Jan. 16, 2016, Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, presidential candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, waves as she declares victory in the presidential election in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Kwei-Bo Huang, National Chengchi University

After a historic, overwhelming election victory on 16 January, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led by Tsai Ing-wen will dominate Taiwan’s executive and legislative branches starting on 20 May.

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