Emerging Voices on Asia Blog

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Thailand’s military coup has recently prompted a period of diplomatic reorientation. As Western countries distance themselves from the military government, Thailand has been busy courting regional allies. Now that its elected government has been toppled, Thailand is finding common interests with authoritarian regimes. Relations with China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam have warmed in the past couple months. But the honeymoon won’t last. Old disputes and rivalries will work to prevent unity among Asia’s authoritarian states. How Thailand’s coup was...
Rising living standards and rapid urbanization rates have led to significant increases in the consumption and production of meat in China. According to recent estimates, the average Chinese person now consumes 60kg of meat per year –more than 20 times the average consumption rate 50 years ago. This dramatic increase has substantial consequences for global trade, Canadian agriculture, and the environment. Until recently, the Chinese population obtained only 10% of its calories from animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs, with 90% coming from...
The votes have been counted and Indonesia finally knows that Joko Widodo (aka Jokowi) will serve as its next president. Jokowi secured approximately 53% of the votes for president, edging out his rival Prabowo Subianto. Over 133 million voters cast a ballot, making it the largest direct presidential election in the world. The voting was not confined to Indonesia, however. Indonesians living abroad participated in large numbers, voting through their embassies and consulates from Manila to Moscow, Brasilia to Bucharest. In total, over 670,000 votes from...
The rules of the game are changing in the Asia-Pacific. The rise of China has helped to bring the region to centre-stage, as questions swirl as to how it will reshape the new global geo-political order. This has no better illustration than the contents of the United States 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance. That document signalled, in American policy terms, recognition that the twenty-first century will be an Asian one, and that China’s rise will be the key challenger to American regional hegemony. But what does the potential demise of Pax Americana mean...
China’s economy is extremely energy-intensive and relies on coal as its primary source of energy. As pollution from coal and other fossil fuels has increased to hazardous levels, China has begun to seek alternatives. This series of blog posts aims to explore three specific alternatives to fossil fuels in China. Read Part 1 on microalgae biofuel and Part 2 on wind energy. Although China started developing its nuclear energy capacity in the early 1970’s, the program did not reach its rapid development phase until 2005. With the help of French, Canadian,...

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