Around the world, the past decade has seen an explosion in blogging, social media and Internet use driven by rapid technological advances and ever cheaper mobile devices. It is in Asia, though, with its patchwork of bustling economies, often heavy-handed governments and hundreds of millions of people emerging to form a giant new consuming class, that the raw power of social media as a force for change can be seen most clearly.
While the Internet has spawned a revolution in the way individuals connect and communicate, a no less revolutionary change is occurring in the business world.
The region’s increasingly prosperous populations are embracing social media to an extent that is reshaping how people connect and redefining social discourse.
China’s Communist Party leaders have overseen massive growth in the Internet, while constantly battling to keep independent voices at bay.
China has the world’s largest number of Internet users, so it is not surprising social media would be more transformative there than in many other countries.
Four years ago, the social media site Twitter began having a measurable impact on elections in South Korea. Even if its impact doesn't last, the age of social media in politics here has arrived.
Peculiarities in the evolution of Internet usage and social media trends in Japan throw light on a unique popular culture.
Japan’s right-wing nationalists are active users of social media, using it to build support for their cause and influence elections. But their influence may be exaggerated.
While the use of social media has surged in recent years, governments in the region are seeking new and indirect ways to control, and contain, online dissent.
As Vietnam’s economy falters, the government is facing the challenge of growing online dissent from the increasing number of citizen journalists.
Delay and ambiguity on whether or not it should cooperate with the US cannot serve South Korea's national security interests.
What South Korea needs to do is not escalate its missile defense capabilities, but rather cooperate with China to open the say for the Six-Party Talks.
President Xi Jinping’s vision of a “China Dream” now ranks the pursuit of military power as a priority alongside economic power.
For China’s future growth to be sustainable, the country needs more institutional learning and innovation to become more efficient and productive.
Amid US-China rivalry, South Korea and Japan are seeing their national interests and foreign policy agendas converge, creating a ripe opportunity for the two countries to co-operate.
This time the military intends to impose its will in ways that make past takeovers seem mild.
As intractable as the situation may appear on the Korean Peninsula, a series of informal meetings held at the University of Georgia in 2011 may suggest a way forward.
Narendra Modi has inherited leadership of a country in an economic mess and has limited policy options. But there are things he can, and should, do.
On the campaign trail, Narendra Modi stuck to domestic issues, but now as India’s new prime minister, he must confront foreign policy issues, including terrorism and relations with neighbors.
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