Asia-Pacific

Chatham House research on the Asia-Pacific region explores the key political, economic and social developments. 

Covering the region from Afghanistan to Australia, the work focuses on geopolitics, governance, population and migration issues, technology and its impact on society, conflict dynamics and prospects for peace and promoting sustainable and inclusive growth and development.

Key project work includes the UK-Japan Global Seminar Series which examines how the UK and Japan are adapting to a changing world, and the EU-China 2025 project which focuses on the economic relationship between the EU and China over the coming decade.

A major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the Asia-Pacific Programme and its projects.

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Supporters of Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur on 10 May. Photo: Getty Images.
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After Surprising Election, How Much Will Malaysia Change?

The Colombo Port City infrastructure project in Sri Lanka, which has received Belt and Road-linked funding. Photo: Getty Images.
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How China Could Become a Global Leader in Sustainable Infrastructure

The prime minister of Tonga, Samiuela 'Akilisi Pohiva, arrives at the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit in London in April. Photo: Getty Images.
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New Diplomatic Posts Could Give UK a Fresh Path to Influence

Women's peace group rally in Imjingak peace park in Paju, near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images.
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Summit Showcases the Diplomatic Agility of Both Korean Leaders

The inauguration of a frigate built by Russia for the Vietnamese navy. Photo: Getty Images.
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Japan Should Moderate Reaction to Russia’s Move in the South China Sea

A Chinese coast guard vessel sails near an oil drilling rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea in 2014. Photo: Getty Images.
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China’s Intimidation Exposes Vietnam’s Lack of Deterrence

Donald Trump talks to opera performers at the Forbidden City during a visit to Beijing in November 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Tariff Dispute is Just One Tussle in Longer US–China Struggle

Narendra Modi visits the Terracotta Warriors exhibition on a visit to China in 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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Internal Challenges Will Shape the Global Roles of India and China

India's delegation enters for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: Getty Images.
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India Will Be Integral to the Commonwealth’s Future

Indonesian PM Joko Widodo. Photo: Getty Images.
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Recommitting to International Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Indonesia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Belt and Road Forum in Yanqi Lake in May 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Belt and Road Is Not a (Completely) Closed Shop

Shinzo Abe arrives in parliament on 14 March. Photo: Getty Images.
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North Korea and a School Scandal Heap Pressure on Japan's Prime Minister

Participants at an AI event in Bangalore. Photo: Getty Images.
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Artificial Intelligence Apps Risk Entrenching India’s Socio-economic Inequities

A Sri Lankan policeman guards a mosque Colombo. Photo: Getty Images.
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Sri Lanka's Buddhist-Muslim Tensions Are in Danger of Erupting Into Widespread Violence

Zhou Xiaochuan at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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China’s Outgoing Central Bank Governor Leaves an Impressive but Fragile Legacy

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Why Is Vietnam Hosting an American Aircraft Carrier?

A policeman in Manila investigates the scene where the body of an alleged drug user lies after being killed by unidentified assailants on 8 December 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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In Examining the Philippines’ Drug War, the ICC Takes a Positive but Challenging Step

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games open on 9 February. Photo: Getty Images.
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As Olympics Open, Moon’s Warm Words for Pyongyang Alarm South Korea’s Allies

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May’s Visit Shows Why Britain Needs a More Strategic China Policy

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing. Photo: Getty Images.
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US Allies Aren’t Buying Its New Strategies to Confront China

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