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The Interpreter is published by the Lowy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Sydney. It publishes daily commentary and analysis on international events.

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2021/01/18 | The Interpreter

Boys’ Love Brings Edgy Drama To China, and a Backlash

As a genre, gay fiction has leapt from words to the screen with enormous popularity in China, but not beyond the censor’s reach.

2020/12/08 | The Interpreter

China’s Online Meddling Goes Beyond the Great Firewall

Supporting the human rights movement in China should include fostering a fact-based Chinese-language information environment in which activists can get reliable news and analysis.

2020/12/01 | The Interpreter

Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing To See Here”

China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.

2020/11/02 | The Interpreter

Taiwan: Rising Stakes for Australia

America’s policy of “strategic ambiguity” is being hotly contested, but multilateralism might offer a fresh approach.

2020/10/20 | The Interpreter

Duelling Diplomacy Over Southeast Asia’s Most Important River

Despite climate change and the cost of hydropower dams, Mekong nations will find it difficult to turn away from China.

2020/09/29 | The Interpreter

China-India: Talk Is Cheap, but Never Free

There are many reasons all parties should avoid a second Sino-Indian border war – the costs of conversation are only one of many factors that would delay conflict resolution.

2020/09/15 | The Interpreter

The Making of Prime Minister Suga

Shinzo Abe's “Mr. Fix-It” has the top job. Will he make his own mark in a country famed for its revolving door of PMs?

2020/09/10 | The Interpreter

Rising Protests and a Sinking Economy Spell Trouble in Thailand

A wave of dissatisfaction with the ruling elite and a Covid-induced recession have shaken the country’s foundations.

2020/09/03 | The Interpreter

A Biden Presidency and the US–South Korea Alliance

Can Joe Biden, if elected, heal the rift between the two countries, or will he make it worse?

2020/08/26 | The Interpreter

The Killings in the Philippines Grow More Brazen

The recent murder of a well-known activist signals a turning point in the campaign to eliminate dissent.

2020/07/13 | The Interpreter

The Semiconductor Industry Is Where Politics Gets Real for Taiwan

These tiny semiconductor chips, accounting for 15% of Taiwan's GDP, can profoundly change the world as the U.S. and China fight over the brains of electronics.

2020/05/13 | The Interpreter

The Beef Between China and Australia

China's proposed barley and beef tariffs on Australia may be legally dressed up, informal economic sanctions.

2020/05/12 | The Interpreter

We Should Be Cautious When Speculating About a North Korea Collapse

When speculation of a regime collapse gets out of hand, especially from people with authority, fears about the fate of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons can fuel an urge to preventively attack North Korea as a way to keep those weapons out of the wrong hands.

2020/05/04 | The Interpreter

China’s Alternative Approach to Humanitarian Aid

China's humanitarian aid has a number of distinguishing aspects, such as preferring to work bilaterally and mixing of humanitarian aid with developmental assistance,

2020/04/27 | The Interpreter

Rumors Around Kim Jong Un Reveals Crisis in South Korean Media

Less than half of South Koreans trust their local media coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, and even less trust their coverage of powerful entities. The reasons for this lie in South Korea's authoritarian past.

2020/03/06 | The Interpreter

When Philippines Democracy Hit Midlife Crisis

The Philippines’ democracy turned 34 last week but continues to flirt with authoritarian fantasies.

2020/02/17 | The Interpreter

The Politics of Racism as the Philippines Struggles With Coronavirus

Rodrigo Duterte and his backers appears to be exploiting the public health crisis to wedge opponents at home.