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Fri, May 29, 2020

Trump has escalated his confrontation with China. Here’s what that means.

During a news conference at the White House on May 29, US President Donald J. Trump rebuked China for its response to the coronavirus pandemic and alleged violation of Hong Kong’s sovereignty. The US president argued that China’s behavior has endangered US economic interests and national security.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Coronavirus

Wed, May 20, 2020

How the coronavirus impacts Japan’s prospects for constitutional revision

Whether or not the Japanese public will face a choice on revising the constitution in the near future now seems inextricably tied with the coronavirus; either it will scuttle efforts to hold a constitutional referendum before the end of Abe’s term or it will be the impetus for an accelerated effort.

New Atlanticist by Mirna Galic

Coronavirus Japan

Fri, May 8, 2020

COVID-19 is increasing strategic uncertainty in Southeast Asia

Nothing that’s happened on COVID-19 yet—including China’s much commented-on ‘mask diplomacy’—is going to sway opinions or foreign policy alignments in Southeast Asia in fundamental ways. But that could change depending on what steps China and the United States take as their relationship moves—as it now seems likely to do—in a sharper, more antagonistic direction in the months and years to come.

New Atlanticist by Adam Schwarz

Coronavirus East Asia

Sat, Apr 18, 2020

The United States, Japan, and Korea must cooperate trilaterally on COVID-19

This Strategic Insights Memo, written by ASI director and senior fellow Dr. Miyeon Oh, provides four concrete recommendations for reinvigorating trilateral cooperation in the global fight against COVID-19.

Strategic Insights Memo by Miyeon Oh

Coronavirus East Asia

Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Emerging technologies and the future of US-Japan defense collaboration

This report explores the drivers, tensions, and constraints shaping US-Japan collaboration on emerging defense technologies while providing concrete recommendations for the US-Japan alliance.

Report by Tate Nurkin and Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi

Defense Technologies East Asia

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Lessons from Taiwan’s experience with COVID-19

Early intervention, a flexible command structure, a comprehensive epidemic prevention strategy, integrated medical big data, and proactive information disclosure allowed Taiwan—which at its closest point is only eighty-one miles (130 kilometers) away from China and has a very high population density—to record only a few confirmed cases in recent months. There are a number of lessons to be learned from the Taiwanese government’s effective response to COVID-19 that should be shared with other parts of the world fighting the ongoing pandemic.

New Atlanticist by Chang-Ching Tu

Coronavirus Taiwan

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

China’s ineffective coronavirus response could create its own Black Swan

At this time of increasing uncertainty, the Chinese Communist Party is facing a severe test of its ability to prevent coronavirus from becoming a “black swan” that severely impacts its political stability and security.

New Atlanticist by Chang-Ching Tu

China Coronavirus

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Coronavirus could bring the United States’ East Asian allies closer to Beijing

Amid the continued coronavirus crisis in the US and Europe, companies that were trying to reduce their heavy reliance on China cannot help but reverse their moves to keep their supply chains open and operating.

New Atlanticist by Miyeon Oh

China International Markets

Wed, Feb 12, 2020

After the 2020 Taiwan election: Strengthening defense and security cooperation

Seemingly good results at the polls do not negate the domestic and international issues that President Tsai and the DPP will have to face over the next four years, including internal battles over Taiwanese national identity, cooperation with the United States, and relations with mainland China.

New Atlanticist by Chang-Ching Tu

China Elections

Mon, Jan 27, 2020

The potential global impact of the coronavirus outbreak

Beijing “must act" to contain the coronavirus outbreak, Miyeon Oh says, "especially in light of the indirect but potentially massive economic, social, and political impacts of the coronavirus in the region and around the world.” There is growing concern in Beijing as well, Robert A. Manning added, “that if this pandemic is only in its early stages, it could become the straw that broke the camel’s back for an already anemic economy.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Coronavirus