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Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part III – The Taiwan issue and mismatching identities: an ontological security perspective

January 25, 2018

By Dean Chen The Taiwan issue is concerned with the political status of Taiwan: whether it should reunify with Mainland China, declare independence as Republic of Taiwan, or maintain the status quo of being de facto independent but de jure remaining within the ‘One China’ framework. While mainstream perspectives focus on Taiwan’s geopolitical significance and … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part III – The Taiwan issue and mismatching identities: an ontological security perspective”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Introduction – One Region, Different Standpoints

January 18, 2018

By Andrea Fischetti   Northeast Asia is a region of crucial importance, from a strategic and economic point of view.   East Asia is home to one fifth of the world’s population, and some of the global economic powerhouses. In particular, the second and third world largest economies, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Introduction – One Region, Different Standpoints”


The South China Sea: Understanding the Dragon’s Appetite for Islands

August 1, 2017

By Sarah Choong Ee Mei According to an ancient Chinese war treatise, as described in Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, “if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.’’ [1] Despite the fact that the South China Sea island disputes are one of the biggest … Continue reading “The South China Sea: Understanding the Dragon’s Appetite for Islands”


Somewhere, under the sea: maritime claims and territorial disputes in the South China Sea

January 12, 2016

By: Cheng Lai Ki The territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve the maritime claims between several sovereign states within the region.  The tension fundamentally involves Brunei-Darussalam, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. Stepping into the 20th century, the world experienced the Chinese economic boom, leading to multiple actions gearing … Continue reading “Somewhere, under the sea: maritime claims and territorial disputes in the South China Sea”


Despite a Historic Summit, Cross-Strait Relations Faces the ‘Certainty of Uncertainty’

November 24, 2015

By: Jeroen Gelsing On November 7, the world’s press thronged into the Island Ballroom of Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel. The occasion marked a historic meeting between the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) – erstwhile foes in the Chinese Civil War, which reached its present stalemate with the KMT retreat to the … Continue reading “Despite a Historic Summit, Cross-Strait Relations Faces the ‘Certainty of Uncertainty’”


Ma’s legacy and Xi’s strategy: the way ahead for cross-strait relations

November 13, 2015

By: Lauren Dickey A meeting that was sixty-six years in the making began with a minute-long handshake and the cacophony of cameras on rapid-fire as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou greeted the press from the rostrum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. The November 7th tête-à-tête was the first time the … Continue reading “Ma’s legacy and Xi’s strategy: the way ahead for cross-strait relations”


Why Japan should put boots on the ground on the Senkaku Islands

May 25, 2015

By Alex Calvo: Halfway between Japan and Taiwan are the the Senkaku Islands. They are claimed by Beijing under the name Diaoyu and by Taipei with the label Diaoyutai. The islands are prime real estate from a strategic perspective. Despite rumblings to the contrary, Tokyo seems to be sticking to her policy not to deploy … Continue reading “Why Japan should put boots on the ground on the Senkaku Islands”


Taiwan’s new ‘Carrier Killer’ shows both strength and weakness

February 24, 2015

By Jackson Webster: This January, Taiwan’s navy received the first order of its newest vessel, the Tuo Jiang. The Taiwan Navy has dubbed this twin-hulled corvette a ‘carrier killer,’ and the Taiwanese Minister of National Defence, Yen Ming, has announced his government’s intention to field an entire fleet of the new domestically-developed ships. The ship’s … Continue reading “Taiwan’s new ‘Carrier Killer’ shows both strength and weakness”


Is this the end of the Kuomintang in Taiwan? Ma Yingjeou, China, and the KMT electoral defeat

December 22, 2014

By Jeroen Gelsing: Many have observed that Barack Obama’s presidency has aged him beyond his years. As much, if not more, holds true for Taiwanese president Ma Yingjeou. Since coming to power six years ago, deep furrows and dark shadows have marred the 64-year old politician’s once boyish good looks, whose disastrous second term has … Continue reading “Is this the end of the Kuomintang in Taiwan? Ma Yingjeou, China, and the KMT electoral defeat”


Democracy on the brink: turmoil in Taiwan

May 19, 2014

By Carla Hung: An unprecedented protest, now dubbed the ‘Sunflower Student Movement’ or ‘Occupy Taiwan Legislature’, broke out in Taiwan on March 18, followed by a violent suppression in the midnight hours of March 23, during which the riot police forcibly evicted the protesting students who had broken in and stayed around the Executive Yuan … Continue reading “Democracy on the brink: turmoil in Taiwan”


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