China and East Asia
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Can the US and China Coexist in Asia?
by Mark Beeson
“The absence of effective regional institutions means that the geopolitical competition between the United States and China is likely to play out without the constraining influence such organizations can provide…”
Migrant Workers’ Fight for Rights in China
by Anita Chan
“The workers themselves have begun demanding better labor conditions and claiming their legal entitlements. No longer as docile as they were in the past, they are emerging as an active force increasingly willing to confront employers.” First in a series on labor relations around the world.
Can Democracy Cure Myanmar’s Ethnic Conflicts?
by Mandy Sadan
“Burmese politicians of all persuasions…seem to be equally bereft of inspiration for negotiating a path to a peaceful and inclusive state in which the hopes and aspirations of non-Burman and non-Buddhist communities would be protected.”
The Specter of Neo-Authoritarianism in the Philippines
by Mark R. Thompson
“Duterte appeals to those in Philippine society yearning for the reimposition of ‘discipline’ in the spirit of the former dictator Marcos.”
Democratic Backsliding and the Reach of ISIS in Southeast Asia
by Joshua Kurlantzick
“Governments in Southeast Asia have adopted policies that are fueling militancy by restricting freedoms and fostering authoritarianism.”
Abe’s Faltering Efforts to Restart Japan
by Jeff Kingston
“One of the great conundrums of Abe’s second term is how he has managed to retain healthy levels of public support while polls consistently show a majority opposes every one of his signature policies…”
Perspective: The Misconceived One-Child Policy Lives On
by Mei Fong
Rules governing the size of Chinese families remain in place—and even with a recent loosening of the policy, it may be too late to avert demographic decline.
Books: Mao’s Ordinary People
by Patricia M. Thornton
The latest in a string of recent books on the Cultural Revolution focuses on the experience at the grassroots, where violent upheaval unexpectedly ended in the return of capitalism.
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 . . . ”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.