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China and East Asia

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September 2015
New Spaces, New Controls: 
China’s Embryonic Public Sphere
by Sebastian Veg
“[T]he privatization of the economy, technical innovations on the Internet, and the sinophone sphere of debate have combined to create new spaces for informed discussion of topics that are officially banned . . . ”

September 2015
Resisting Chinese Influence:
 Social Movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan
by Malte Philipp Kaeding
“[T]he movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong . . . are essentially about the reaffirmation of a distinct local identity.”

September 2015
China’s Bold Economic Statecraft
by Gregory T. Chin
“Beijing has come to realize that multilateral organizations can legitimize and universalize Chinese interests at a time when China needs to reassure others about the way it will use its newfound powers in the global system.”

September 2015
A Push to End Pacifism Tests Japanese Democracy
by Alexis Dudden
“[A]n overwhelming majority of Japanese wants to ‘protect’ the constitution—using the same word, mamore, that Abe and his supporters use to justify their desire for Japanese troops to fight.”

September 2015
Is Vietnam on the Verge of Change?
by Jonathan D. London
“Vietnam has arrived at a momentous juncture in its social and political development. It is a country ripe with potential, but it creaks under the weight of an almost feudalistic political system.”

September 2015
Singapore at 50: The Post–Lee Kuan Yew Era
by Bridget Welsh
“The party Lee founded . . . is grappling with the question of how to hold onto power in the face of a more diverse and demanding electorate and a less advantageous economic environment.”

September 2015
Perspective: Repression, Resistance, and the Law in Post-Coup Thailand
by Tyrell Haberkorn
Since the May 2014 coup, the junta has leaned on the law to impose the worst repression in Thailand since the 1970s. Opposition activists are fighting back in the courts.

September 2015
Books: Trans-Pacific Destiny
by Ellen D. Wu
A new book by historian Gordon H. Chang shows that China has long obsessed Americans, spurring on their expansionary and missionary impulses.

September 2015
Four Months in Review: April–July 2015
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events from April through July, country by country, day by day.

September 2015
Map of China and East Asia
by the editors of Current History
Map

September 2014
Citizen Contention and Campus Calm: The Paradox of Chinese Civil Society
by Elizabeth J. Perry
“Contrary to conventional predictions, the growth of protest and civil society in contemporary China seems more conducive to the resilience of authoritarianism than to imminent democratization.”

September 2014
History’s Unfinished Business in East Asia
by Rana Mitter
“China . . . is determined that it will have greater influence than it enjoys at present, and it will use historical justifications to make its case.” First in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.

September 2014
How Real Are Myanmar’s Reforms?
by Christina Fink
“Full democratization may not be achieved in the near future, but given that the reform process was initiated by the regime, Myanmar has come a long way.”

September 2014
The Roots of China’s Ethnic Conflicts
by Yan Sun
“A better understanding of the flaws in China’s ethnic policy would help ease the vicious cycle of ever more sticks and carrots in dealing with sensitive regions.”

September 2014
Mongolia Searches for Breathing Room
by Li Narangoa
“Mongolian leaders have decided the nation must find ways to take care of itself, rather than rely on its neighbors.”

September 2014
Perspective: China’s Bullying No Match for US Pacific Power
by Bruce Cumings
Beijing’s grabs for puny islands have alarmed and alienated smaller countries in the region. But Washington doesn’t need to “pivot” to Asia—it’s been in charge there for decades.

September 2014
Books: Forbidden Memories of 1989
by Kate Merkel-Hess
New books by Evan Osnos and Louisa Lim show the profound dissonance between official amnesia and personal recollections of the Tiananmen tragedy.

September 2014
Four Months in Review: April–July 2014
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events from April through July, country by country, day by day.

September 2014
Map of China and East Asia
by the editors of Current History
Map

September 2013
Can Xi’s Governing Strategy Succeed?
by Cheng Li and Ryan McElveen
“[W]ithout gradual but bold reform of the legal system, media openness, and a more accountable and representative political structure, the next phase of economic reform will not go far.”

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