BREWING CHAOS

Kanishkh Kanodia During this epidemic, one of the most fundamental yet frequently overlooked questions policy-makers have had to confront  is drawing the line between ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’ goods. Their decision determines what can and cannot be sold during lockdowns. The choice surrounding one commodity, in particular, has presented ethical and political quandaries: alcohol. While most nations have permitted the sale of liquor as essential goods … Continue reading BREWING CHAOS

THE AMERICAN PRESENCE IN JAPAN: 60 YEARS IN THE MAKING

Quang Trinh In 2019 and for the majority of the years following World War II, Japan, as opposed to American allies in Western Europe or the Middle East, has hosted the largest concentration of American troops outside of the US border. This should not come as a surprise, since security lies at the cornerstone of U.S-Japan relations. Given Trump’s “America’s First” rhetoric, the continued maritime … Continue reading THE AMERICAN PRESENCE IN JAPAN: 60 YEARS IN THE MAKING

REGIONAL COOPERATION IN SOUTH ASIA: A DREAM OR REALITY?

Kanishkh Kanodia On March 15th, citizens of eight South Asian nations witnessed a historic spectacle: their leaders came together through a virtual conference to formulate a regional strategy in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Initiated by the Prime Minister of India, this conference by SAARC—the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation—came at a time when the collective number of cases in the subcontinent had barely … Continue reading REGIONAL COOPERATION IN SOUTH ASIA: A DREAM OR REALITY?

ON CHINA’S RISING SOLAR POWER INDUSTRY

Jia Yu Amidst Tengger desert, an arid and inhospitable territory in China’s Inner Mongolia spanned by 36,700 km of yellow sand, there exists a vast, blue oasis. But to the disappointment of any weary travelers fooled by this mirage, they have stumbled upon not a body of water, but rather the Tengger Desert Solar Park. This Solar Park is an oasis of energy that spans … Continue reading ON CHINA’S RISING SOLAR POWER INDUSTRY

THE DRAGON, THE TIGER, AND A GAME OF TUG-WAR

Kanishkh Kanodia The inherent paradox of the relationship between India and China -two of Asia’s biggest economic powers – came to the limelight after China’s leader, Xi Jinping visited India in October for an informal summit. The apparent bonhomie between the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chinese Premier at the summit coupled with the signing of deals enhancing regional connectivity, cultural exchange and … Continue reading THE DRAGON, THE TIGER, AND A GAME OF TUG-WAR

CHINA’S GOAL: A MODERATELY PROSPEROUS NATION BY 2020

By Jia Yu This year, the People’s Republic of China commemorates the 70th anniversary of its founding. In a joint celebration of military prowess and social advancements, the Chinese government is embracing the promise for a stable and prosperous nation. Yet, despite being the world’s second largest economy, China is currently home to around 16 million people living in extreme poverty. Four years ago, this … Continue reading CHINA’S GOAL: A MODERATELY PROSPEROUS NATION BY 2020

THE JAPAN-SOUTH KOREA TRADE WAR: RESPONSES TO THE LINGERING GHOSTS OF WWII

By Soo Young Yun Fraught relations between South Korea and Japan have taken a toll on economic ties in the two countries’ most recent trade spat. Japan announced in the first week of July this year that it was removing South Korea from a 27-country “white list,” tightening curbs on exports of three materials (hydrogen fluoride gas, fluorinated polyimide, and photoresists) essential for major semiconductor … Continue reading THE JAPAN-SOUTH KOREA TRADE WAR: RESPONSES TO THE LINGERING GHOSTS OF WWII

PANDA & DIPLOMACY

By Jia Yu On the 50th anniversary of China’s diplomatic relations with France, President Xi Jinping described contemporary China as a “peaceful, amiable, civilised lion” that has finally awoken. Thus having risen from the “century of humiliation,” a 19-20th century period of national weakness and indignity, the China of today runs the world’s second largest economy. However, it struggles to seek international acknowledgement. Effectively, Xi’s … Continue reading PANDA & DIPLOMACY

EUROPE’S REFUGEE CRISIS: A CASE OF APATHY AND IMPASSE?

By Mohammed Elzubeir Faced with waves of migrants risking their lives in the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better future, the member states of the European Union have struggled to find an equitable manner win which to share the cosmopolitan responsibility1. At this time of seemingly impassable deadlock, scholars are turning to the arguments of earlier thinkers to try and find a solution to … Continue reading EUROPE’S REFUGEE CRISIS: A CASE OF APATHY AND IMPASSE?

学海无涯苦坐舟 (XUEHAI WUYA KU ZUO ZHOU): NAVIGATING THE SEAS OF LEARNING

By Kisara Moore China—the land of monks in yellow robes, spicy hot pot, and shopping plazas with glass elevators. It’d be difficult to find another country with a more extreme contrast between modernity and traditional life. This is especially so here in western China, where a stylish French hair salon is open for business less than a 45-minute drive from an ethnic minority village where … Continue reading 学海无涯苦坐舟 (XUEHAI WUYA KU ZUO ZHOU): NAVIGATING THE SEAS OF LEARNING