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Taiwan: The canary in the South China Sea coal mine

China | The tiny island nation is at the center of China’s geopolitical hurricane
by June Cheng
Posted 7/26/16, 11:43 am

China had at least one backer in rejecting the South China Sea ruling earlier this month: Taiwan. The Hague’s Permanent Court of Appeals decided none of the land features in the sea qualified as islands, including the Taiwan-administered island of Itu-aba (also known as Taiping) in the Spratly Islands, the largest natural island in the South China Sea.

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Midday Roundup: Congress agrees on debt relief for Puerto Rico

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/20/16, 11:30 am

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Exchanging hugs for human rights

Persecution | Asian religious leaders chastise President Obama for cozying up to foreign leaders with a long history of human rights abuses
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 2/22/16, 11:37 am

TAOYUAN, Taiwan—As President Barack Obama met with Southeast Asian heads of state in California last week, religious leaders from many of the same countries gathered in Taiwan to discuss persecution in the region. In contrast to the smiles and pleasantries exchanged at the Sunnylands summit, the participants of the inaugural Asia Pacific Religious Freedom Forum spoke solemnly about human rights and religious liberty violations in their home countries. In some cases they lamented how little the U.S. has done to help.

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