East Asia


Part of the East Asia program, the Stimson Center’s China program examines the political, security, and economic challenges that face the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan. Additionally, the China program assesses cross-Strait relations and the United States' impact and role, as well as China’s relations with the neighboring region and developing countries.


Research and Analysis

January 16, 2020 | EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy

Taiwan’s contentious presidential race is over, and the incumbent, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, has been re-elected with over 8 million votes, a record in Taiwan’s history.

January 10, 2020 | EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy

Like other post-industrial economies—including several in East Asia—Taiwan's population is projected to begin declining and aging within the next few years. The implications will reach every part of Taiwan's society, including its defense.

January 10, 2020 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Since the U.S. government killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on January 3, 2020, the whole world has been bracing for impact that could potentially escalate to a major regional conflict or even a global war.

January 3, 2020 | EXPERT: Jason Li

On September 16, the Cabinet of the Solomon Islands voted to switch its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, ending its 36-year-old official relationship with Taiwan. Kiribati switched three days later.

December 19, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On December 10, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and de facto leader of Myanmar, delivered a 20-minute long statement at the International Court of Justice defending Myanmar against accusations of genocide brought by Gambia.

October 31, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2020 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the next administration faces.

October 30, 2019

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a new and evolving principle in international politics and international law, derived from the concept of humanitarian intervention in the 1990s.

October 30, 2019

Myanmar is still a country full of political crisis and ethnic conflict. The latter is the main factor hindering its political development. In the period of feudal dynasties, the Bamar and ethnic minorities fought against each other and established states dominated by the Bamar several times.

October 21, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

China’s One Belt One Road strategy (OB

October 17, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

When viewing the domestic conflicts of a sovereign nation, China sees development and stability as two mutually reinforcing concepts.

October 8, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Since 2016, when Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy came to power in Myanmar, China's relations with the Southeast Asian state have been surprisingly smooth considering Beijing's close ties with its former military regimes.

October 4, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Since Myanmar's current peace process began eight years ago, ethnic reconciliation has become a benchmark in evaluating progress of the Myanmar nation and state, alongside civil-military relations and economic development.

September 26, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Much has been said and written about the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor since it was formally proposed by China in November 2017 as part of its global Belt and Road Initiative.

September 17, 2019 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland

As China expands its investments around the world, its incentives to foster and promote stability grow, as does its third-party leverage to influence state behavior.

September 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

After becoming the leader of China in late 2012 Xi Jinping rapidly launched his signature foreign-policy campaign—the Belt and Road Initiative—to project China’s economic and geopolitical influence.
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