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A cemetery worker wearing a protective suit helps to bury a victim of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a cemetery in Shah Alam, Malaysia, July 14, 2021. Lim Huey Teng/Reuters

Malaysia Faces Crises on All Levels

Political infighting and chaotic governance is compounding the COVID-19 crisis.  Read More

Myanmar
Myanmar Collapses into a COVID-19 Nightmare
Myanmar Collapses into a COVID-19 Nightmare
China
What Xi Jinping’s Major Speech Means For Taiwan
Xi Jinping's speech marking the one hundredth anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party demonstrated China is unlikely to drastically change its approach to Taiwan anytime soon.  
Asia
Winning the Public Diplomacy Battle in the South China Sea
Captain Robert Francis is an officer in the U.S. Navy, specializing in surface ships, and a former military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Lieutenant Commander Roswell Lary is a Fore…
  • Asia
    Taiwan Confronts A Serious Vaccine Shortage
    Roman Shemakov is currently a Henry Luce Scholar in Taiwan and coauthor of The Digital Transformation of Property in Greater China: Finance, 5G, AI, and Blockchain. In a matter of a month, the st…
  • China
    China’s Communist Party Turns 100: A Major Force in Global Governance, But Cracks Exist in the Xi Era
    China’s Communist Party (CCP) celebrates its one hundredth anniversary in July, although the specific date of its founding remains a bit unclear. It has long outlived most of the world’s other commun…
  • Southeast Asia
    Southeast Asia’s Democratic Woes Accelerate
    In the past decade, Southeast Asian democracy has suffered enormous setbacks, with the exception of tiny Timor-Leste. Countries from the Philippines to Indonesia to Cambodia to Myanmar to Thailand to…
  • Southeast Asia
    Irresistible Inducement? Assessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia
    Cheng-Chwee Kuik is associate professor and head of the Center for Asian Studies at the National University of Malaysia. Southeast Asia occupies a central place on the map of China’s Belt and Roa…
  • Southeast Asia
    Myanmar’s Humanitarian Crisis Deepens
    Along with the increasing repression of the Myanmar junta, which has included putting Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for sedition and other supposed crimes, detaining foreign journalists including America…
  • Taiwan
    The Time Is Now for a Trade Deal With Taiwan
    A comprehensive U.S.-Taiwan trade agreement would benefit U.S. companies, bolster Taiwan's economic security, and underscore Washington's interest in cross-Strait stability.
  • Southeast Asia
    The Digital Silk Road and China’s Technology Influence in Southeast Asia
    Dai Mochinaga is a senior researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC. China has expanded its influence over Southeast Asia's technological development through its Digital Silk Road (DSR) ini…