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Japanese parliamentary elections crucial for new PM's rule

TOKYO (AP) — In his first big test as Japanese prime minister, Fumio Kishida's ruling party is expected to lose seats in Sunday's national parliamentary elections, while still maintaining a majority. ...

Myth of ‘ASEAN Centrality’ lies exposed as Indonesian prominence on rise

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In every official document issued by the ASEAN Secretariat, based in Jakarta since 2014, the concept of "ASEAN Centrality" has become increasingly ubiquitous. ...

Chen Zhi and Prince Group Bring the Art of Swiss Watchmaking to Cambodia

BEIJING, CHINA - Media OutReach - 20 January 2021 - The global pandemic has changed the working lives of many people across the world, including in Cambodia. Chairman Neak Oknha Chen Zhi (陳志公爵) and...

Japan's newly minted prime minister steps into UN limelight

TOKYO (AP) — Considered something of a lightweight on foreign policy issues, Japan’s new prime minister has spent much of his career in the shadows, supporting previous leader Shinzo Abe with backroom...

Does it matter if Taiwan loses formal recognition?

In September 2019 both Solomon Islands and Kiribati ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan (formally the Republic of China), leaving the country with formal recognition from only 15 countries. This...

Aging right in Taiwan

The world’s population is getting older and in some places — especially Taiwan — at a relatively quick pace. Nine per cent of the world’s population is over 65 years old. In...

The ‘new’ Taiwan beyond cross-strait relations

Beijing has been increasing pressure on Taiwan recently. From a move to ban individual travel permits for Chinese visitors to Taiwan to two large-scale military drills close to the Taiwan Strait, Chin...

More plastic bags than fish: East Asia’s new environmental threat

SINGAPORE (East Asia Forum) -- In March 2019, the fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly convened in Kenya to discuss the environmental and climate challenges outlined in the UN’s Sustain...

Japan’s pivotal local elections will impact national politics

ADELAIDE (East Asia Forum) -- In Japan’s forthcoming quadrennial unified local elections there will be 1000 separate elections. More than 230 political heads, such as prefectural governors and c...

Taiwan’s year of reversal

TAIPEI (East Asia Forum) -- In December each year, Taiwanese vote for a Chinese character that best reflects the past year. The 2018 Word of the Year is fan (翻), which has multiple meanings depending ...

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...

Watch out Rim of the Pacific, a Rim of China may be on the horizon

YOKOSUKA (East Asia Forum) --The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and navies from 10 ASEAN member states carried out a field-training exercise in the South China Sea (SCS) from Oct. ...

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 ...

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 devel...

Vietnam’s response to China’s militarized fishing fleet

HANOI (East Asia Forum) -- China has long been infamous for incorporating maritime militias into its fishing industry to assert its sovereignty claims. With the world’s largest fishing fleet, co...