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Geopolitics / Asia

China Faced With a Long Road if it is to Emerge as Asia’s Leader

China Faced With a Long Road if it is to Emerge as Asia’s Leader

Sep 17, 2010 at 08:52 | ISN Security Watch

Americans interacting with officials and other experts in the Asia-Pacific region in recent weeks would be reassured that official and other expert opinion among US allies and associates seems to…

China Backs Burma’s Junta Leaders

China Backs Burma’s Junta Leaders

Sep 15, 2010 at 08:36 | ISN Security Watch

Burma's junta leader comes back happy from China after getting backing for his November election and a pledge from Beijing to snub ethnic militias inside Burma. “May I propose a…

Tajikistan Population Turning to Sharia Law

Tajikistan Population Turning to Sharia Law

Sep 11, 2010 at 08:26 | ISN Security Watch

Even as the Tajik government maintains tight control on religion, the population is increasingly turning to Shari'a law to resolve disputes. When Bibi Zaynura's ex-husband's failure to pay alimony made…

US Naval Exercises and China’s Growing Coastal Waters

US Naval Exercises and China’s Growing Coastal Waters

Sep 06, 2010 at 13:05 | ISN Security Watch

Could it be that Chinese fascination, especially among the youth, for President Obama and the American process of choosing its leaders, is seen as particularly threatening to the PLA and…

Mongolia’s Leaders Pondering Ways to Develop Their Abundant Natural Resources

Mongolia’s Leaders Pondering Ways to Develop Their Abundant Natural Resources

Aug 27, 2010 at 09:50 | Joshua Kucera

The leadership’s sovereignty concerns were evident in the recent announcement that a railroad spur leading from the country's largest coal mine would link into the country’s domestic railroad network, rather…

India’s Growing Nuclear Capabilities

India’s Growing Nuclear Capabilities

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:15 | Frank O'Donnell

The Indian announcement last week of the development of a new Agni-II intermediate-range nuclear missile illustrates a growing flexibility in New Delhi’s nuclear force posture. India is entering a new…

Political Instability in Japan and it’s Implications for the US-Japan Alliance

Political Instability in Japan and it’s Implications for the US-Japan Alliance

Jul 28, 2010 at 05:38 | ISN Security Watch

The ruling party's inability to gain a single-party majority in the Upper House means that political instability in Tokyo will continue at least until the next election, unlikely to be…

China’s Strategy for a Post Western World

China’s Strategy for a Post Western World

Jul 07, 2010 at 03:44 | Open Democracy

A number of different visions of China’s future as a leading world power are competing for public attention and influence. Among them are populist ideas that challenge Beijing’s official rhetoric…

Is Victory Achievable in Pakistan’s War on the Taliban

Is Victory Achievable in Pakistan’s War on the Taliban

Jun 28, 2010 at 11:30 | ISN Security Watch

Although army security operations are under way in most of Pakistan’s tribal areas and some of have even been declared cleared of armed Taliban, there is no reason to believe…

China’s Position Over North Korea Exposes the Hypocrisy of Beijing’s Diplomacy

China’s Position Over North Korea Exposes the Hypocrisy of Beijing’s Diplomacy

Jun 23, 2010 at 21:09 | Bonnie Glaser

Historians may well look back at the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March 2010 as a turning point in China’s relations with Asia and the wider world.…

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