John West

John West is executive director of the Asian Century Institute. [Japan]

China’s North Korea Game

What explains Chinese collusion with, and protection of, North Korea? Isn’t China fearful of having a rogue nuclear state on its border?

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After TPP: RCEP as China’s Magic Bullet?

China will not lead free trade in Asia, contrary to many forecasts.

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Japan and Trump Trade Policy

How will the Trump Administration shift economic and security ties with Japan?

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China and Taiwan — Apocalypse Now?

Will the arrival of a new President in Taiwan bring even more “interesting times” in relations with mainland China?

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Japan’s Immigration Imperative

Can opening up to immigration provide Japan a potential source of economic revitalization?

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China’s Japan-bashing

Is there any hope that China and Japan could bury the hatchet and have friendly relations?

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Indonesia at a Critical Juncture

Great political and social hurdles stand in the way of Indonesia’s development.

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China’s Financial Paradoxes

China’s total debt is now greater than that of the United States, creating uncertainty about its future.

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Regionalism, Asia Style

Unlike in Europe, Asian regionalism has been market-led.

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Japan: A Polite Nation’s Dark Underbelly

A poor record on human rights hurts democracy in Japan.

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