1. East Asia Nervously Watching Events in Crimea

    China is walking a diplomatic tightrope. It doesn’t want to alienate Russia, nor set a precedent for regions of its own to break away.

    When the Crimea was voting to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, President Vladimir Putin was said to be on his proverbial hands and knees offering cheap gas and other inducements to China…
  1. Snap Elections Fail to Put Thailand’s Political Crisis to Rest

    Thailand’s cycle of political unrest might only end when the army or monarchy decides it has had enough.

    Despite snap elections on Sunday, Thailand's two largest political forces remain at a stalemate and with class and ethnic divisions deepening, tensions remain high across the country. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Pheu Thai party was…
  1. Vietnam Expected to Loosen State Controls, If Carefully

    The Communist Party must liberalize the economy to boost growth and stay in power but doesn’t want to jeopardize its position either.

    The international community is keeping a close watch on Vietnam's National Assembly as it is convening a month long session to decide the extent to which it will amend the constitution. The session is expected to end next week with lawmakers believed ready to give the…
  1. Thai Government Destabilized by Protests, Cambodian Border Dispute

    Opposition protests and an international court ruling in Cambodia’s favor pose serious challenges to Yingluck Shinawatra’s government.

    Thailand's benchmark equity index fell for a third day in a row this week, closing down 2.06 percent to 1,375.86 on Thursday and reaching an eleven week low. The country is tense with thousands of…
  1. Vested Interests Could Stymie China’s Economic Reforms

    Local party barons and powerful state owned enterprises will likely resist the reforms China’s leaders are due to undertake.

    China's ruling Communist Party last week outlined a series of reforms not seen in the country in decades. The changes are as deep and significant as many analysts expected beforehand as China is forced to change its economic model in order to keep…
  1. America, Vietnam Deepening Cooperation to Balance China

    President Barack Obama hails a “steady progression” in relations forty years after the end of the Vietnam War.

    In an historic meeting at the White House in Washington DC on Thursday, President Barak Obama announced with Vietnam's president Trương Tấn Sang by his side…
  1. Global Interest in Japan’s Election, Expected to Strengthen Premier

    The world is awaiting economic reforms while China frets about a more assertive Japan in East China Sea disputes.

    As Japanese go to the polls Sunday to vote in elections for the upper house of parliament, all eyes will really be on the margin of victory for Prime Minister Shinzō Abe's ruling coalition. Judging from the latest polls, and from the results of municipal elections in Tokyo…
  1. Tokyo Assembly Victory Boost for Japan’s Prime Minister

    A big win for Shinzō Abe’s Liberal Democrats in the capital may invigorate his economic reform effort.

    Shinzō Abe received a vote of confidence on Sunday when his party came out the big victor in local assembly elections in Tokyo. The victory could bode well for his Liberal Democratic Party's chances in key national elections for the upper house of parliament next month. Sunday's election to…