Asia’s extraordinary economic growth since the Second World War has come at an enormous price to the environment, and above all, on its air. For this cover package, Associate Managing Editor John Delury and Editorial Board member Peter Hayes assembled an international teamof experts to look at the challenges posed. In particular, we sought to look at both the science and the policy-making behind the problems. A short package of essays on an issue of this complexity cannot hope to be comprehensive, but we do aim to highlight key issues and how they might be addressed. One major conclusion is that air pollution in Asia is a problem that cries out for regional cooperation, precisely because it is transboundary in nature, as numerous authors in this cover package point out.
China, Japan and South Korea would do well to look to the lessons of North America.
Until indian leaders develop the political will to tackle air pollution, the problems won’t go away.
The phenomenon merits further study because, while it imperils human health, it also has benefits for the wider planet.
The proximity of China and the spillover effects of China’s massive dust problem require a regional approach.
China has clear targets to reduce emissions and transitioning to cleaner energy; substantial progress has been made.
Transboundary air pollution in the region urgently needs regional collaboration and science-based policy-making to tackle it.
The region is home to a host of large and middle powers with ambitions and growing economies of their own.
Donald Trump’s haphazard diplomacy risks alienating North and South Korea and undermining the confidence of US allies in the region.
It is far from the center of action, but the EU is in a position to have a real impact.
It has much to do with a fear of massive imports from China and other members of the trade pact that it fears could disrupt its domestic economy.
Could a natural mountain phenomenon unlock a shared future for the Koreas, and even involve the rest of Northeast Asia?
Jokowi: The Incremental Development
As Joko Widodo starts his second term, the signs are not good, from weakening the antigraft agency, appeasing political parties and entertaining constitutional amendments.
China and Japan: Facing History By Ezra F. Vogel
The State Strikes Back: The End of Economic Reform in China? By Nicholas R. Lardy
The Costliest Pearl: China’s Struggle for India’s Ocean By Bertil Lintner
new titles by Jaimini Bhagwati; Anna Fifield; Ben Kiernan; Jeff M. smith (ed.); tansen sen; Michael Kolmas; Adam przeworski; Ramon pacheco pardo; Dmitry Adamsky; Jude D. Blanchette; Youngmin Kim; Jared Diamond and Frank Dikötter.