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Cross-Strait Relations: A Southward Shift in Taiwanese Investments?
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Taiwan has seen protests over a trade deal which it signed with mainland China. The deal, which has not been ratified by the Taiwanese Parliament, would allow Taiwanese and Chinese service companies in fields ranging from banking to beauty parlours to set up shop in...

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Philippines: One-up Against China?
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The decision of the Philippines to lodge a case on disputed waters in the South China Sea with an international tribunal under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) has been met with strong criticism from China. The Chinese foreign ministry insisted...

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Unpredictable future of Asia: the worst climate change is yet to come
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Climate change is already altering nature and the livelihoods of humans according to the latest report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for policymakers released on 31 March 2014. It has emphasised that the impact and dangers of global warming are expected...

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Solving the Haze – Political Will Is Not Enough
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The random bush fires that occurred in Singapore this month are a small reminder of the large-scale fires currently raging in Sumatra. Global demand for food drives the expansion of the agro-forestry sectors, including palm oil, timber, coffee, rice and sugar, in Southeast Asia. In particular,...

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China’s military spending: an arms race in Asia?
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Earlier this month, China unveiled its defence budget for 2014 –US$132 billion, an increase of 12.2 per cent over the year before. The country’s military spending has grown almost every year for the past two decades, but this latest rise comes amid ongoing tensions with...

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Jokowi as president? What to watch out for
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Joko Widodo (Jokowi), the wildly popular Governor of Jakarta, has been chosen as the presidential candidate of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). Jokowi, who has been in his current job for only one year and five months, has the support of 40 per...

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Anwar’s re-conviction: Implications for Malaysia’s opposition
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Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the Malaysian opposition, has been re-convicted on charges of sodomy after his acquittal was overturned by Malaysia’s Appeal Court. His five-year jail sentence means that he is therefore unable to stand as the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PKR) candidate for the...

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MH370: mixed prospects for regional cooperation
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More than five days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lost contact with air traffic control, not a single trace of the missing plane has yet been found. The crash site of MH370 cannot even be ascertained, leading experts to describe the whole incident as a...

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Crisis in Crimea: setting patterns of behaviour
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A meeting in Paris last night (5 March) between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to deescalate the crisis in Ukraine, which reached its apex when Russia started moving in its troops into Crimea on 1 March. Further...

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Tracking Global Deforestation Real-time
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Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system, was launched last week by Google, together with 40 other partners such as the World Resources Institute and United Nations Environment Programme. The software is a mapping tool to track deforestation on a real-time basis....