Eric Teo Chu Cheow

For Eric Teo Chu Cheow's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Apr 13, 2006

Chen raising the ante in cross-strait ties

SINGAPORE -- As preparations are made for Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States and a presidential election is scheduled for spring 2008 in Taiwan, there are indications that the next two years could prove challenging for the main parties involved in ...

Commentary / World Mar 2, 2006

Diplomatic reposturing in the Mideast

SINGAPORE -- Certain Middle East nations are repositioning themselves diplomatically, a move that holds great significance in the international arena. The decision by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to visit "the East" -- China, India, Malaysia and Pakistan -- before going to Washington is noteworthy ...

Commentary / World Feb 16, 2006

From shame to governance

SINGAPORE -- Asia has been hit by three recent scandals involving a renown scientist, an upstart IT entrepreneur and a national charity in South Korea, Japan and Singapore, respectively -- Asia's three most developed economies. What lessons can one draw from them? What repercussions ...

Commentary / World Feb 9, 2006

Battling to win the hearts of Taiwanese

SINGAPORE -- As flights cross the Taiwan Strait at the start of the Year of the Dog, hopes have been high for a possible rapprochement in ties between Beijing and Taipei. But observers are split on whether to expect "a new spring" or renewed ...

Commentary / World Jan 16, 2006

Concern grows in Japan over Asian ties

SINGAPORE -- From a Southeast Asian perspective, recent developments underscore an internal angst in Japan over the growing "China threat" and how Japan will come to terms with its military aggression of the 1930s and '40s. Meanwhile, debate continues in Japan on revising its ...

Commentary / World Jan 5, 2006

U.S.-China ideological rivalry heats up

WASHINGTON -- Two recent events in Asia have again directly underscored the "ideological" tussle between Washington and Beijing, which is increasingly seen as a benevolent power and even as offering a model for socioeconomic development. As Asian leaders gathered last month in Kuala Lumpur ...

Commentary / World Dec 27, 2005

Religious revival fills a void in China

SINGAPORE -- As constitutional debate gathers steam in Japan over the separation of state and religion, Japanese ma want to consider China's efforts to resuscitate participation in religion. In mid-October, the 5th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the announcement ...

Commentary / World Dec 13, 2005

Japan-China feud clouds EAS launch

SINGAPORE -- The East Asia Summit gets under way in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday under Malaysia's chairmanship. The EAS will be held concurrentl with the summits of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the ASEAN-Plus-Three (Japan, China, South Korea) grouping. The occasion could ...

Commentary / World Dec 1, 2005

China juggles growth, stability

SINGAPORE -- As China's annual Central Economic Conference gets under-way in Beijing early this month, Beijing looks set to sustain the new social-economic shift that was laid out by the 5th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCP) in ...

Commentary / World Nov 21, 2005

Sino-Japanese relations continue to cool

SINGAPORE -- China appears to be in a political and diplomatic quagmire as it contends with a "new" Japan that is described by Chinese observers and analysts as growing increasingly conserva- tive, hawkish and nationalistic. Beijing is alarmed by Japan's so-called return to "normalcy" ...