In The News

Prashanth Parameswaran May 18, 2019
The United States, Japan, India and the Philippines conducted a presence operation in the South China Sea to support freedom of navigation and challenge China’s claims to large swaths that go beyond the boundaries set out by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. “[T]here have been a range of measures undertaken by countries to manage the ongoing situation in the South China Sea, be it...
Nayan Chanda May 9, 2019
China’s Belt and Road Initiative supports a range of infrastructure projects connecting more than 60 nations. The digital component could be the most influential part of China’s new trade and transportation hubs, explains Nayan Chanda, founding editor of YaleGlobal Online, in his column for the Times of India. “While the US keeps issuing warnings about the espionage risks of using Chinese 5G...
Kim Yoo-chul May 2, 2019
North Korea may be counting too much on its nuclear weapons program and getting its way through “negotiation through strength,” explains Kim Yoo-chul for the Korea Times. An opening for normalization of relations provided by South Korea and the United States will only last so long, suggests South Korea analysts, with professor of international relations Leif-Eric Easley suggesting that holding...
Manfred Elfstrom April 29, 2019
Western democracies struggle to deal with a rising China amid new policies on trade, security and cultural outreach. Manfred Elfstrom reviews trends including concentration of political power with increased oversight and demands for absolute loyalty; reduced emphasis and delays on domestic reforms, including work conditions or the social safety net; and attempts to contain grassroots efforts to...
April 26, 2019
China leads in pork consumption, and its pig population is the world’s largest. Over the past year, the nation has battled African swine fever among its stock. With the United States and China embroiled in trade talks, the epidemic is another major disruption for the industry. The only solution is for farmers to cull their herds with humane procedures and avoid cross-contamination with...
April 25, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte has lost patience with 100 containers of Canadian trash sitting in a port for years, suggesting he would declare “war” and return the containers to Canada himself. The angry rant captured global media attention. The containers include household and electronic garbage. “More than 100 of the containers were shipped to Manila by a Canadian company in 2013 and 2014, improperly...
April 24, 2019
China and India at times engage in a process of mythmaking and historical erasure in championing their thousands of years of history. A recent article for the Economist observes, “Nowhere more than in Asia do states and their rulers tend to think they represent not just, say, defined territories or peoples with a shared language, but rather whole civilizations, often cosmically ordained.” However...