How Japan can deter China’s increasing maritime activity
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How Japan can deter China’s increasing maritime activity

By: Gen Kawasaki The 21st century has seen China and Japan drift towards treacherously ‘warmer’ waters. The two countries have failed, over and over, to settle historical matters and territorial disputes over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. With a shifting balance of maritime power, their geostrategic calculations in the East and South China Sea cannot be overlooked. … Continue reading

Professor Kerry Brown on the rise of Xi Jinping: Power and politics in modern China
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Professor Kerry Brown on the rise of Xi Jinping: Power and politics in modern China

Interview with Professor Kerry Brown conducted by Lauren Dickey Lauren Dickey: What made you write `CEO China: The Rise of Xi Jinping’? Kerry Brown: This is the second in a trilogy of books on power and politics in contemporary China.  The first book, `The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China’, which came out … Continue reading

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

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

The Strategy of Star Wars: The Rebel Alliance as a Maoist Insurgency
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The Strategy of Star Wars: The Rebel Alliance as a Maoist Insurgency

Star Wars has been a cultural behemoth for over forty years. As fans of the series well know, in its origins, George Lucas’s original trilogy of films drew heavily from preceding works. Its plot, themes, and even individual characters were significantly influenced by the Flash Gordon serials, as well as the films of Kurosawa. Indeed, … Continue reading

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

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

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

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