Update on India’s States: January 27, 2016

This week, Maharashtra passes new policies reducing inspections, easing land transfer, and allowing direct sales by farmers to retailers; the center extends the deadline for implementing the Food Security Act again; Telangana is getting a National Investment and Manufacturing Zone; Uttar Pradesh extends industrial…

Update on India’s States: January 22, 2016

This week: Andhra Pradesh liberalizes labor laws in the retail sector, and its Chief Minister attends Davos; Maharashtra is moving forward with an SEZ for financial services; Rajasthan budgets millions to improve small-city infrastructure; West Bengal announces a new entrepreneurship…

For China, a Race to Retain Appeal in Southeast Asia

By Phuong Nguyen The landslide election in Taiwan of pro-independence opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen to be president has led to speculation of a possible recalibration in Chinese foreign policy, at least in the year ahead. Observers believe that stable cross-strait…

EDCA Refocus: Eyes on the AFP’s Modernization Program

By Victor Andres “Dindo” Manhit & Angelica Mangahas On January 12, the Philippine Supreme Court ruled that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States is an executive agreement that does not require Senate approval.…

Video: An Overview of the Asia Rebalance & Analysis

The CSIS Asia Program and International Security Program have completed an extensive study of the U.S. rebalance to Asia as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Watch this short video providing an overview of what the rebalance is and…

Tsai Ing-wen & DPP Win Big in Taiwan

By Bonnie Glaser & Jacqueline Vitello The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a landslide victory in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections on Saturday, January 16, ousting the Kuomintang (KMT) from office. President-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s DPP has traditionally leaned in favor…

Update on India’s States: January 15, 2016

This week, the center is collecting ideas from states to boost exports; Gujarat is subsidizing payroll for labor-intensive industries, and also announcing new natural gas subsidies while hiking taxes on petroleum products; Maharashtra will guarantee businesses a timely answer to…

Time is of the Essence in South China Sea Arbitration Case

By Ernest Z. Bower & Conor Cronin The timing of the decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the Philippines’ case against China’s nine-dash-line claims has critical geopolitical implications for Asia’s security. Specifically, a decision delivered…