Author: Shixi Guo

The Development Of North Korea’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program: Faster Than Expected

While many easily dismissed North Korea’s nuclear capabilities before just three months ago, it is time to seriously evaluate North Korea’s nuclear threats. At the beginning of July 2017, North Korea announced that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea officially stated that the missile it tested reached an altitude of

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South Korea’s Installation Of The First Two ‘THAAD’ Land-Based Missile Launching Vehicles: The Potential Consequences To The Security And Stability Of East Asia

Introduction On 7th March 2017, the US confirmed that the ‘first elements’ of the controversial THAAD missile defence system had been sent to an air base near Seoul in South Korea, a day after North Korea tested four ballistic missiles. According to the BBC, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported

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Trump To Change The Nuclear Landscape In The Asia-Pacific Region

  Introduction The US President-elect, Donald Trump, alarmed the world with his recent Twitter post. According to his Twitter, Mr. Trump expressed his willingness to ‘‘greatly strengthen and expand’’ the United States’ ‘‘nuclear capability.’’ Although some of Trump’s advisors came out to claim that Trump’s Twitter could not represent his

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The One China Policy: The Cornerstone For The Contemporary Sino-American Relationship And Regional Security

Introduction Over the past few weeks, major international issues happened regarding Trump’s position on the Taiwan issue. The first incident happened at the beginning of December 2016. On December 2nd, 2016, the President-elect Donald Trump had a phone conversation with Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen. According to Trump’s Twitter, Mrs. Tsai’s

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Reckless Diplomacy: The Potential Consequences Of Tsai Ing-Wen’s Phone Conversation With Donald Trump

On 2 December 2016, the President-elect of the US, Donald Trump, picked up a phone call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. According to Trump’s Twitter, the main conversation revolved around Ms. Tsai’s congratulating  Trump on his victory in the 2016 US presidential election. However, the phone conversation between Mr. Trump and

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Tensions Escalated Over Kashmir Between India And Pakistan

  Over the past few weeks, tensions in Kashmir have escalated from grassroots level protests to military exchanges between two nuclear-armed states: India and Pakistan. As reported by Xinhua News, troops of India and Pakistan exchanged heavy fire and targeted each other’s positions on the Line of Control (LoC), the

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Duterte Visits China To Deepen Cooperations

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had his first four-day state visit to China between the 18th to the 21st  of October 2016. A meeting was held on the 20th of October between China’s President Xi Jinping and Duterte, and Xi described the state visit of Duterte as a ‘milestone.’ The visit shows

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Duterte Asks Departure Of US Troops From The Philippines: Rationalities And Implications

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte demanded the departure of the United States military personnel in the southern islands of Mindanao. Mindanao is the Muslim-majority islands of the Philippines and the islands have been suffering from insurgency and terrorism. The remaining US military personnel are the military advisers for counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency.

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