East Asia

The East Asia program seeks to illuminate and fashion practical solutions to many of the complex security challenges confronting East Asia and the Asia-Pacific region today. Its work related to the PRC and Taiwan focuses heavily on bilateral relations between the United States and the two sides of the Strait, as well as on the dynamic of cross-Strait relations. The analysis of issues involves a detailed examination of Taiwan domestic political developments as well as US strategic interests in the region more broadly. The Program also closely examines PRC foreign policy toward developing countries such as Myanmar, Iran and broader Africa, as well as with its neighbors in Northeast and Southeast Asia. The Program's Japan-centered work examines the implications of Japan's evolving security policy and US-Japan alliance relations, and it seeks to promote bilateral cooperation on a number of regional and global strategic issues. The program also deals closely with the Korean Peninsula, exploring North Korean nuclear issues, inter-Korean relations, and the US-ROK alliance.

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Consolidating Positions

In recent weeks all parties within Taiwan and across the Strait have focused on consolidating their positions. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, holding a commanding lead in polls, focused on gaining control of the legislature. Her Kuomintang (KMT) opponent, deputy Legislative Yuan (LY) speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, formally nominated in July, espoused

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