Asia Pacific
China: Out For Itself, or New Global Leader?

China: Out For Itself, or New Global Leader?

The Sino-American relationship has always been one of immense importance, shakily carried on throughout the years, but built off a mutual need for each other. Over the last 40 years, China has flourished, integrating itself into the global market and engaging with increasing confidence in the global economic order. ‘Today, China’s GDP per capita, for...
New Name, Same Strategies - Pence Promises a New North Korean Policy

New Name, Same Strategies – Pence Promises a New North Korean Policy

American Vice President Mike Pence recently visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to deliver a speech, and emphasised that the American policy toward North Korea would be changing in the Trump era. Standing near the border between the two countries, Pence made it clear Trump would abandon the previous strategy of ‘strategic patience’ employed by...
Saudi Arabia seeks to ink billion dollar landmark deals with China

Saudi Arabia seeks to ink billion dollar landmark deals with China

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s month long trip to Asia kicked off with a landmark three day visit to Beijing as he, along with Chinese President Xi Jingping, signed a series of deals worth up to $65 billion. As China looks to expand its sphere of influence in the Middle East, and the Saudis...
Finding Foetuses: Examining India’s Little-Known Abortion Laws

Finding Foetuses: Examining India’s Little-Known Abortion Laws

Two weeks ago, nineteen aborted female foetuses were found in trash bags near a sewer in the western state of Maharashtra. Indian police were in the area investigating the death of a 26-year-old woman allegedly pressured into an abortion, who died after receiving one from an unlicensed clinic nearby. The clinic supposedly offered illegal sex-determinations...
‘Heated Situations’: Australian-Indonesian Military Ties Suspended

‘Heated Situations’: Australian-Indonesian Military Ties Suspended

In January, Australia and Indonesia severed military relations regarding language training. Indonesian military officials took insult at Australian Army teaching materials at an Australian language-training base in November. The Indonesian Special Forces group was at Campbell barracks in Perth to train with Australia’s Special Air Service troops. The material at hand claimed that the Papua...
China’s New Year’s Resolution: Deleveraging

China’s New Year’s Resolution: Deleveraging

As we kick off 2017, constructive, though prudent, economic reform is likely to hold precedent over all other New Year’s resolutions for the world’s second largest economy. Despite China’s efforts to quell the substantial growth of its shadow banking sector in the beginning of 2015, the industry has bloated to take hold of a fifth...
On the Shoulders of Giants: China’s Interest in Belarus

On the Shoulders of Giants: China’s Interest in Belarus

Cement continues to be poured in Great Stone, the name given to the China-Belarus Industrial Park being built just outside of Minsk. The thirty-billion-dollar investment project plans to provide an industrial space for 120,000 jobs in pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, and electronics, among other fields. A small set of Chinese state-owned and private companies have already...
Fool’s Gold: The Allure of China’s North Korean Policy

Fool’s Gold: The Allure of China’s North Korean Policy

On 18 February, the Chinese government suspended coal imports from North Korea (DPRK) in compliance with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on the ‘hermit kingdom’ due to its nuclear weapons testing. The ban follows North Korea’s ballistic missile test a week prior, which, combined with its previous testing of land and sea-launched intercontinental ballistic...
What Kim Jong Nam’s death means for North Korea

What Kim Jong Nam’s death means for North Korea

It is uncertain how many people have been executed in North Korea since Kim Jong Un took power in 2011, but one South Korean think tank puts the number at around 340 people. While most of these deaths go unremarked or unnoticed by the outside world, one man’s death in strange circumstances on 13 February...
No Confidence: Taiwan and China’s Lack of Trust for Trump

No Confidence: Taiwan and China’s Lack of Trust for Trump

On 2 December 2016, Tsai Ing-Wen, the president of Taiwan, called U.S. President Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory in the recent election. Nine days later, Trump told the Wall Street Journal that ‘everything is under negotiation… including One China,’ a direct affront to the People’s Republic of China. In Taiwan, news of...
The Philippines’ War on the Poor

The Philippines’ War on the Poor

With the goal of ending the war on drugs, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has promised his people a drug free country at the price of murdering his own citizens. While drug users represent only 3 per cent of the population, Duterte has resorted to extremes in order to ensure that the percentage falls to 0...
India’s biggest state, and its 220 million residents, go to vote

India’s biggest state, and its 220 million residents, go to vote

Between February and March, voters in five states (Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa) in India will cast their ballots in an election that has serious national implications. Headlining the five states is Uttar Pradesh (UP), which is home to approximately 220 million Indians, which alone would make it the world’s fifth most populated...