East Asia Forum

East Asia Forum

Gulf states go digital with China

A model of the BeiDou navigation satellites system is seen at an exhibition to mark China's Space Day 2019 in Changsha, Hunan province, China. (Photo: Reuters/Aly Song)

Author: Mordechai Chaziza, Ashkelon Academic College The US–China strategic rivalry extends to the struggle for control over the digital economy — particularly digital infrastructure and technological innovation. China’s digital economy is among the most vibrant in the world, ranking second…

China’s real estate sector goes south

View of empty newly-constructed residential apartment buildings in Rushan city, China, 26 September 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Oriental Image)

Author: Alicia Garcia-Herrero, Bruegel Chinese real estate developers are desperate to recover from the prolonged lockdowns driven by China’s zero-COVID-19 policy. But the slowdown in home sales is also related to the collapse of household confidence in the country’s real…

Tsai needs new tactics to counter China

A big screen shows Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen giving a speech on National Day in Taipei, Taiwan, 10 October 2022 (Photo: REUTERS/Ann Wang via Reuters Connect)

Author: Bill Sharp, Honolulu Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen faces five security challenges that will test the depth of her political capital and possibly pit Taiwan’s military concerns against popular ones. These challenges include increasing the country’s self-sufficiency in weapons, strengthening…

Beijing’s self-sabotage in the South China Sea

Activists stage a protest outside the Chinese Consulate, guarded by Philippine police, on the fifth anniversary of an international arbitral court ruling invalidating Beijing's historical claims over the waters of the South China Sea, in Makati City, Philippines, 12 July, 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez).

Author: Gregory Poling, CSIS The situation in the South China Sea continues to deteriorate — military tensions are rising, Southeast Asian states are losing space to exercise their rights, fisheries are sliding closer to collapse and China is undermining its…

How will Duterte’s successor deal with China?

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the media in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 2 October 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Lisa Marie David).

Author: Richard Javad Heydarian, Manila Over the past five years, bilateral relations between China and the Philippines, a United States treaty ally, have undergone a tremendous transformation. In the words of a top Chinese diplomat, what we have witnessed, especially…