China and East Asia
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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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”