December 9, 2019

What happens when an unmovable object is met with a seemingly unstoppable force? The intractable conflict between Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and the Chinese state might be instructive in this regard. Over the last six months, the streets of the wealthy semi-aut...

November 17, 2019

Despite nearly a decade of ‘flourishing’ ties between Taiwan and China under the presidency of Ma Jing-yeou, relations have taken a turn for the worse since the 2016 election. This is due to the pro-independence stance of the new Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, and...

April 4, 2019

“Cooperation is better than confrontation, and we have more to gain from opening than from being closed.” Such statements are routine from Emmanuel Macron, who praised multilateralism in the heart of the US Congress in front of Donald Trump. It is no surprise that he w...

January 11, 2019

New HKD1,000 banknotes released by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) have on them a panoramic view of the city’s financial centre - a renown trademark which defines Hong Kong’s economic robustness. The city is home to startups, duty-free trade, laissez-faire capi...

November 14, 2018

The United States has been the dominant player in the Pacific since the end of World War Two and has a well-established military presence in the region. Knowing this, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been engaging in a systematic effort to draw Pacific nations...

October 1, 2018

There is no doubt that China is a global superpower both militarily and economically; Beijing’s influence extending across the globe. Yet, one close neighbour of the Chinese seems to continually defy Beijing - the small island of Taiwan. The question of Taiwanese indep...

December 23, 2015

Photograph: Flickr / Stefan Lins 

 

On 29 October 2015, China ended its one-child policy 35 years after its implementation according to a statement from the Community Party’s Central Committee. After decades of forced abortions, sterilisations, fines and gendercide, Chin...

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