Pyongyang's skillful Winter Olympic diplomacy has temporarily decreased tension between the North and the South, giving it valuable time to consolidate both its missile and nuclear strategic deterrent which is squarely aimed at the US. This temporary lull in friction has placed South Korea’s President Moon in the impossible...
In response to accusations of human rights violation from the United States, came a curiously nuanced response from Rodrigo Duterte: 'The Philippines is not a vassal state, We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States'. Seeing the Philippines as a long-standing ally, Dutere's blatant display...
Sino-Japanese relations have enjoyed a relative lull in their complicated relationship over the past six months. In September 2017, PM Abe paid a surprise visit to the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo marking China’s upcoming National Day as well as the 45th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China relations at...
Besieged by international sanctions, the recently-nuclear North Korea is enjoying an unexpected economic boom. In 2016, the regime touted a GDP growth rate of 3.9%, the tallest spike since 1999. Now a 3.9% may not be much to brag about and with its tiny economy, such growth would hardly...
A tropical paradise for many tourists, the island nation of Maldives is threatened by a rising sea level, environmental crisis and, now, political disarray. In 5th of February, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Maldives current president, declared a state of emergency for 15 days, in order to prevent the Supreme Court from...
In recent years, China saw an unprecedented intimacy with South East Asia. Understanding the strategic value of the region, Beijing flexed its propaganda muscle for a stable alliance. Despite much expense, China struggled to win over the locals' hearts and minds, mostly due to cultural and historical insensitivity. Prime...
The State Council of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the official state planner of the country. It supervises China’s huge state apparatus from the apex of a complicated hierarchy commissions and ministries and executes Party policies from local to the national governance with accountability to the National...
Pyongyang’s Olympic olive branch should be seen as a strategic victory for the regime and a blow to international efforts to wind back its nuclear program. North Korea’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea has been a strategic victory for the Kim regime. The temporary détente to...
In our last two articles, I had gone through the pre-election background of and structural causes behind Malaysia's crumbling democracy. Perhaps it is time to look at the international politics, specifically China, behind 1MDB. In 2015, the China General Nuclear Power Group acquired 1MDB's energy assets for 2.3 billion U.S....
Malaysia has long been considered as a case of electoral authoritarianism and so is its neighbor Singapore. After the Singaporean general election in 2015, many identified gerrymandering as the crux of Singapore's electoral authoritarianism, but that is a symptom rather than the cause: the culture, preferences, and values of...