Liberal Democracy or Communist Totalitarianism: the battle for Taiwan's future has already begun

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Some have said that Chinese telecom companies may put private data at risk, not only Huawei, but any Chinese smartphone manufacturer. This is why Taiwan and other nations ...

Japan think tank sees obstacles ahead for China's Belt and Road

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The “National Institute for Defense Studies” (防衛研究所), a Japanese think tank, released the annual “2019 China Security Report” on Jan. 30, which dis...

Cardi B, Nicki Minaj to headline BET Experience concerts

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B and Nicki Minaj will headline concerts at the 7th annual BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, held days before the 2019 BET Awards. BET announced Wednesday that conce...

Sri Lanka supplies US aircraft carrier as counterbalance to Beijing

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Despite China's mounting clout due to the mountains of debt it has piled on Sri Lanka, the tiny island nation stood up to Beijing by supplying a U.S. aircraft carrier last ...

Pakistan shelves major project of China's Belt and Road initiative

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Pakistan government has announced its decision to shelve a major power plant project that was to be part of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure-building initiat...

2 French policemen go on trial accused of raping tourist

PARIS (AP) — Two anti-gang French policemen are going on trial on charges of gang-raping a Canadian tourist at Paris police headquarters. The officers, both members of the BRI force,...

70 percent of Southeast Asian citizens sceptical of China's Belt and Road Initiative

Taipei (Taiwan News) — Citizens of ASEAN countries believe their governments should take strict precautions when making deals as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Reuters ...

Belt and Road investment under fire in Indonesia’s presidential elections

SYDNEY (East Asia Forum) -- In April 2019, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will face retired general Prabowo Subianto in a "rematch" presidential election. Foreign policy...

Xinjiang and the ‘Chinese Dream’

CANBERRA (East Asia Forum) -- Since ethnic riots broke out in Urumqi in 2009, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has steadily turned Xinjiang into a provincial police state. Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other ...

China-backed hydropower dam 'death knell' for rare orangutan species in Indonesia

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A US$1.6 billion-dollar hydropower dam funded by Chinese state-owned industry Sinosure is to be constructed on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, threatening the habitat of...

US Senate passes legislation challenging China's BRI with bipartisan support

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Wednesday, Oct. 3 that would allocate US$60 billion to the establishment of an agency aimed at strategic investment in deve...

Is China going green by dumping brown on its BRI partners?

NEW DELHI (East Asia Forum) -- The environmental impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been fraught with contradictions. While there are efforts to finance and promote green ...

BIMSTEC: India's regional economic integration strategy to counter China's BRI

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – India’s regional initiative to increase cooperation and connectivity among its neighbors will take an important step forward this week with a conference being held i...

China snatches up Zambia's state-run power company in southern Africa

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China’s economic strategy of predatory lending to indebt poor nations and then take over critical infrastructure once a country defaults on its loans is on full disp...

Malaysia PM says 'great wall of China in Kuantan' must come down

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Malaysia and China continue to face difficulties in their bilateral relations, due primarily to the newly re-elected Prime Minister Mahathir and his concerns about foreign...