Cornell conference tackles sustainable energy, food and urbanization

WHAT: Sustainability in Asia: collaboration for research and implementation WHEN: Friday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. WHERE: Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong MEDIA: Media members are asked to RSVP to Rebecca Valli in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-7701 or rv234@cornell.edu.   HONG KONG – As the world grapples […]

The ‘Taiwan card’ is bound to backfire spectacularly

Jessica Chen Weiss, professor of government and author of “Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations” says that by hinting at Taiwan as an independent government, Trump is jeopardizing China-U.S. relations on the one topic over which Beijing is likely to retaliate.  Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/jessica-chen-weiss   Weiss says: “Playing the so-called ‘Taiwan card’ to pressure […]

New GDP number in China, same old concerns about accuracy

Jeremy Wallace, associate professor of government and faculty member of Cornell University’s China and Asia Pacific Studies Program, says China’s recent GDP figure casts doubts on the accuracy of the country’s statistics. Wallace’s current book project, Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts: Information, Ideology, and Authoritarian Rule in China, looks at the use, accuracy, and political significance of […]

Thai King offered ‘pretext for unity,’ now country faces uncertain future

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the world’s longest-reigning monarch and a revered figure in Thai politics, died earlier today. Cornell experts are available to talk about King Adulyadej’s legacy and impact on Thailand’s politics and society. Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, refers to the king’s death […]

Duterte’s bombastic rhetoric is unexpected headache for US

Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, says Rodrigo Duterte’s outbursts against the Obama administration defy the expectations of nearly all observers, and represent an unexpected headache for U.S. policymakers. Bio: https://tompepinsky.com/ Pepinsky says: “Rodrigo Duterte’s outbursts against the Obama administration defy the expectations of nearly all observers […]

Militarization of Japan sign of Asia turning inwards

Japan’s defense ministry on Wednesday requested a record increase in spending for armed forces, the latest in a series of moves by Japan’s government to bolster the country’s militarism. Annelise Riles, professor of Far East legal studies at Cornell’s Law School and anthropology at Cornell’s College of Arts & Sciences, says that much like in […]

Cornell experts comment on Myanmar election

On Sunday, Myanmar will hold a historical parliamentary election where Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) will challenge the ruling and military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). Experts of Southeast Asian politics at Cornell University comment on the significance of these elections.   On Myanmar’s economy: Thomas Pepinsky, associate professor in […]