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The way US President Donald Trump is handling Xi’s China has raised hackles of his party men. The ties between the two nuclear-armed countries could rapidly deteriorate into an economic or even military confrontations if compromise on issues, including trade, Taiwan and the SCS, cannot be found.

 
Rhetoric has come full circle in the dispute over the South China Sea but can the Philippines, the current chairman of Asean and a claimant state, deliver a peaceful solution for the area? So far, there is little to see apart from wishful thinking from Manila as it pledges to conclude the Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South China Sea by the end of this year.  
 
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership was dead long before Donald Trump signed his executive order. But its damaging aspects, like stringent IP provisions, have just migrated to other agreements

 

Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, is agog with reports about the upcoming gubernatorial election on February 15. But what is making it more interesting in the country and across the globe is the candidature of the incumbent Governor of the city, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.

Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, is agog with reports about the upcoming gubernatorial election on February 15. But what is making it more interesting in the country and across the globe is the candidature of the incumbent Governor of the city, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.

 

The Australia-India relationship has grown from strength to strength in recent years as our strategic interests seem to have aligned now more than ever.

The Australia-India relationship has grown from strength to strength in recent years as our strategic interests seem to have aligned now more than ever.

 
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just wrapped up his tour to four Asia-Pacific nations - the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam - Thursday. During the six-day trip, he mentioned the South China Sea disputes on many occasions to keep China in check in the name of maritime security.

 
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It is unfortunate that Taiwan has a neighbor across the Taiwan Strait that wants to annex it, but, even more frustrating, Taiwanese also have to put up with people who echo China’s rhetoric and intended to intimidate Taiwanese into obedience.

 
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With the imminent demise of the Tran-Pacific Partnership Agreement almost certain, there are many lessons to be learnt from the fraudulent free trade deal.

 
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India’s economic and strategic interests are hugely tied to the Indian Ocean, the 21st century’s theatre of huge rivalries. If Trump translates his rhetoric into reality, a harried China will be a nightmare there.

 

 
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Indonesian President Joko Wikodo earlier this month, they were trying to finish the work started by the previous regimes of turning the clock back on 50 years of polite estrangement.   
 


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