Author: Asia Media Staff

PICTURE FOR THE AGES: DR M MEETS AND GREETS MR MA

Two of Asia’s most fertile minds – one genius political, the other genius entrepreneurial – recently greeted one another for an officially described “exchange of views.” This was in the office of Malaysia’s newest prime minister, Mohamad Mahathir, 93. His guest was the Alibaba guru, Mr Jack Ma, four decades younger. So what’s the so-called Asian aging problem again? The demographic knock against Asia is that many countries find their population growing older. But after one look at Mahathir, and one look at Ma, 53, you have to ask: How exactly is this a problem? Perhaps Asia’s ‘aging problem’...

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SINGAPORE: SUDDENLY (?) SUCH A SINGULAR PIVOTAL GEOPOLITICAL SPOT ON THE WORLD SCENE

(FROM THE EDITORS OF ASIA MEDIA: THIS COLUMN APPEARED ONE WEEK BEFORE THE SINGAPORE SUMMIT, IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)– BY TOM PLATE: Next week, it now seems, the American President will be in Singapore, along with the North Korean leader. Both are famously quirky. Is Lee worried? We pay a call on the city-state’s prime minister, host of a monster summit that – on the off-chance all goes well – could trigger a process for taming the tenor and amending the geopolitical shape of East Asia. Lee Hsien Loong, only the third PM since the city-state’s founding...

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SINGAPORE SUMMIT: COOPERATION TRUMPS GO-IT-ALONE FOR EAST ASIAN STABILITY

(AMI NOTES: Moon Chung-in is a distinguished professor at Yonsei University and the special advisor for unification, diplomacy and national security affairs for South Korean President Moon Jae-in. His essay, condensed via common use courtesy, was produced by The WorldPost, a partnership of the Berggruen Institute, and The Washington Post.) SEOUL — For all the fears of a diplomatic catastrophe, the Singapore summit was a remarkable success. After a precarious roller-coaster ride to get there, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached a historic agreement on how to resolve the protracted North Korean nuclear...

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SINGAPORE GAMBLE: A CRAFTY HARVARD PROF BREAKS DOWN THE ODDS OF SUCCESS

PROFESSOR GRAHAM ALLISON WRITES (COURTESY OF THE PACIFIC CENTURY INSTITUTTE) — As President Trump finally meets face to face with North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un at 9pm tonight in Singapore—which will be 9am Tuesday there—I’ve agreed to appear on the 9-10pm Eastern Fox News discussion. As I noted in this weekend’s Politico, to help us understand what we are likely to see, we need a “bettor’s guide” to the contenders, the stakes, the relevant history, and likely outcome. Two months ago, in a longer Politico piece, “How Trump Can Win Big in North Korea,” I placed my...

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SINGAPORE: ONLY THE TRUE LOVER BOTHERS TO CRITIQUE THE OBJECT OF AFFECTION WITH SUCH A KNOWING EYE

For the rest of the world, Singapore has often been a point of intrigue. It is a small country, so small in fact that traveling from one end to another would take you less than an hour. Yet currently, this country has one of the highest GDP per capita in the world. Because Singapore’s independence spans only a little more than half a century, this achievement is widely viewed as an incredible feat. However, since Singapore has operated under what some western political scientists would consider an authoritarian regime, the true intricacies of this country are often lost amid...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the influential Pacific Century Institute.

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