Category: Asia Pacific

Chinese Global Ambitions After the US Election

Global uncertainty has reached exceptional levels following the election of Donald Trump as president of the world’s most powerful country. He has promised a withdrawal from multilateral trade institutions and partnerships like NAFTA or WTO, denounced European free-riding on US military contributions…

A Villain Among Heroes: Marcos’ burial in the Cemetery of Heroes

The Marcos family has been attempting to move Ferdinand Marcos’ preserved remains, which have been memorialized in an air-conditioned room in Ilocos Norte, to the Cemetery of Heroes for over 25 years. Throughout this time, incumbent Filipino presidents did not permit…

Keeping Up with the Parks: All You Need to Know About Korea’s New Reality Show

A whole new bewitching Korean soap opera has completely redefined horizons for many K-drama fans worldwide. With unthinkable plot twists and a cast like never seen before, this scandalous reality series is fast-paced, provocative, and painfully nonfictional. Just in case…

Australia Deporting Nauru Island Refugees: A Scramble for Its Crumbling Reputation?

As a client state of Australia, Nauru Island has forever been dependent on the aid and resources from the Australian government in support of its temporary settlement of refugees. These resources have included detention centres and infrastructure for refugee camps,…

Xi Jinping Gains the Status of China’s “Core Leader”

Three weeks ago the 6th annual plenum of the 18th Chinese Central Committee was held in Beijing. Due to their highly political nature, these secretive meetings, often held behind closed-doors, are systematically subject to heavy speculations. This gathering of 25…

An American Alliance in Confusion

This past week Rodrigo Duterte, the new president of the Philippines, made a state visit to Beijing where he gave a public speech, the rhetoric and policy of which would indicate a drastic change from the sixty-year-long status quo. “In…

ICC Expands Remit to Environmental Crimes: Is This What the People of Cambodia Have Been Waiting For?

Cambodia’s land reforms in 2001 have led to over 10 years of violent and coercive land grabs, damaging the livelihoods of nearly 10,000 Cambodian citizens. These reforms initially legalized the act of spontaneous land-grabbing when such dispossession is justified by…