Regional Tensions

Japan Poised To Seek Closer Relations With The US And Russia Following Abe-Trump Meeting

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe visited the United States last week to meet with US president Donald Trump to discuss the future of US-Japan relations, often considered a key relationship in the Asia Pacific, but one that had faced significant strain in the wake of Trump’s election. The substance of the weekend-long discussion between the two heads of state warrants a closer examination given the shifting balance of power in the Asia Pacific

Is The Tsai Administration Planning To Push For Use Of The Name “Taiwan” Internationally?

Renewed contestation has erupted regarding Taiwan’s name, with China lodging protest over the renaming of Taiwan’s de facto embassy organization in Japan from the “Interchange Association (Japan)” to the “Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association”. Is this a sign that the Tsai administration plans on pushing for greater use of the name "Taiwan" internationally in the near future?

Duterte’s Detente with China and Its Implications for Taiwan

Rodrigo Duterte, the recently elected president of the Philippines, brought his brazen anti-American rhetoric to its logical conclusion this week with his proclamation before the People’s Congress in Beijing that he would be ending his country’s alliance with the United States and would be switching his partnership to China. What are the implications for Taiwan?