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Asia Maior Special Issue 2 / 2022

US-China Competition, COVID-19 and Democratic Backsliding in Asia

Anno di pubblicazione: 2022
Asia Maior Special Issue 2 / 2022

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The US-Japan Security Alliance – Ready and equipped to deal with China?

In 2021 Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait have made it back into US-Japan joint statements. Tokyo and Washington have talked (more or less) openly and on the record about what to do jointly in the worst-case scenario: a US-Chinese conflict over Taiwan. The quality and scope of Japanese contributions to US-led military operations in a […]

China’s Official Narratives on Xinjiang: Interethnic mingling, economic prosperity and religious terrorism

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf The northwest province of Xinjiang in the People’s Republic of China has drawn international attention recently because of state-perpetrated violence towards its non-Han population. This paper examines how Chinese authorities construct their narratives about the Xinjiang issue and justify their actions in the region. The analysis will focus […]

COVID-19 and China’s Global Image

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the PRC experienced one of its worst internal and international crises, in economic terms but above all in terms of image and prestige. The COVID-19 pandemic, in fact, came at a critical juncture in both China’s internal and international relations, given […]

The role of South Korea amid US-China Competition

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Due to its crucial strategic position, over the course of history Korea has several times found itself subject to the consequences of great power rivalry, with very negative results. The cases of the conflict between the Chinese Empire and Japan at the end of the 19th century and […]

Democratic backsliding amid the COVID-19 pandemic in India

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic led many analysts to worry about the fate of global democracy, as governments the world over centralised power and enacted emergency legislation. In India, the world’s largest democracy, this prediction has turned out to be accurate. However, this article will argue that […]

The Road to Galwan Valley: An alternative view of India’s relations with China and the US since 2005

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf This article analyses the reasons of the dramatic worsening of the India-China relation which became apparent in the 2020 border crisis, particularly during the confrontation which took place in the Galwan Valley. The analysis is focussed on the historical evolution of the India-China bilateral relations since the beginning […]

The US-China Rivalry in South Asia and Pakistan’s hedging dilemma

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf   China’s re-emergence as a great power, and the ensuing competition with the United States over the norms, rules and values underpinning the international order, has signalled the return of great power rivalry in global politics. Asia is at the very heart of these dynamics, as testified by […]

Migration, Borders, and Security Discourses in the time of COVID-19: The case of migration from Bangladesh to India

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Migration has taken place throughout human history and continues to do so in the 21st century. In many recent instances, states that are destination of migration flows framed migration as a security issue, i.e. a threat to their citizens’ livelihood, safety, and cultural identity. Discourses that securitize migration, […]

The Young Abe Kōbō’s Engagement in Post-war Japanese Literary and Artistic Societies

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Abe Kōbō represents a milestone in Japanese literature. He stands as the ideal link between modern and contemporary times, the best embodiment of so-called «advanced modernism», halfway between modernism and postmodernism, together with authors such as Endō Shūsaku, Nakagami Kenji and Ōe Kenzaburō. This article analyses his involvement […]



LIST OF THE ASIA MAIOR’S ANNUAL ISSUES With, in brackets, the recommended citation style Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Vol. I Giorgio Borsa e Paolo Beonio-Brocchieri (a cura di), Asia Major. Un mondo che cambia, Ispi/il Mulino, Bologna 1990 (Asia Maior, Vol. I/1990); Vol. II Giorgio Borsa e Paolo Beonio-Brocchieri (a cura di), […]