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Incumbent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President-elect William Lai wave to their supporters after their election victory at a rally on January 11, 2020. Tsai won the presidency in 2020 despite Chinese interference in the electoral process. Tyrone Siu/Reuters

A Conversation on China’s Global Influence With the Global Taiwan Institute

Taiwan has often found itself on the front lines of political influence efforts by the Chinese Communist Party. Read More

China
China’s Growing Influence Over Canadian Media and Politics
Under President Xi Jinping, China has invested in state media outlets to influence the opinion of foreign publics, including Canada.
China
China’s State Media: Giants or Minnows
China has greatly increased funding for its state media outlets in order to influence the politics and societies of other countries.
India
Yamini Aiyar: Why Think Tanks Are Critical to Indian Policymaking
By serving as convening hubs for diverse stakeholders to come together and discuss pressing policy concerns, Indian think tanks help U.S. policymakers understand local viewpoints.
  • Japan
    Financing Japan’s Defense Leap
    Prime Minister Kishida's strategic review will be announced this week.
  • China
    Did China’s Street Protests End Harsh COVID Policies?
    China's attempt to pivot away from zero COVID following widespread protests raises questions about citizen demands and government receptiveness. 
  • China
    EU Outrage Clouds Hamburg Port Deal
    Despite controversy surrounding the deal, the approval of a Chinese stake in Europe’s third largest port may be a smarter decision than it initially appears. 
  • China
    Jiang Zemin Put China’s Economic Opening Into Practice
    Many Chinese people who grew up in the 1990s will not only remember Jiang Zemin for overseeing China’s entry into the World Trade Organization but also for introducing them to the film Titanic.
  • Philippines
    Marcos Jr. Tries to Escape Duterte’s Legacy, But Can He Be Trusted?
    Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has taken differing policy approaches from his predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte.
  • Malaysia
    Malaysia’s Election: More Turmoil Ahead?
    Malaysia's voters delivered an inconclusive message in the general election, leading to a hung parliament.
  • India
    How the U.S. Midterm Elections Were Seen in India
    Indian analysts noted important points from the U.S. midterm results in their news coverage, including how the results might affect U.S. foreign policy and what this could mean for India.