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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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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.
2020/02/15 | The Interpreter
Singapore’s Quarrel Over Colonialism
The remnants of Singapore's British colonial era run deeper than just architectural influence. Some praise the British rule while critics seek to challenge this orthodoxy.
2020/02/10 | The Interpreter
Australia-Indonesia: An Uncertain World Makes for Firm Friends
Australia and Indonesia have more and more in common, a fact which should challenge old tropes about their differences.
2020/02/04 | The Interpreter
Authorities in Hong Kong Struggle to Win Trust Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The Hong Kong government's refusal to close the border has set off a public panic. Is it overreaction – or justified?
2020/01/29 | The Interpreter
Coronavirus: One Step Backward for the Global Economy
Beyond the human toll, fears will stop people from heading to shops, eating out, travelling, and cause other consumer costs.
2020/01/14 | The Interpreter
Beijing's Hong Kong Appointment Means Nothing Will Change
Beijing’s angle is clear: Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement is an unjust revolt, and there will be no reform in the city.
2020/01/08 | The Interpreter
Martial Law Lifted in Philippine South, But Military Presence Persists
The role of the military on the strife-torn Philippine island isn’t about to change – and will continue to ensnare legal activists.
2019/12/17 | The Interpreter
India’s Descent into a Hindu Theocracy
A new law that threatens to exclude Muslims from Indian citizenship upends the idea of a nation built on liberty and equality.
2019/12/11 | The Interpreter
The Disparity in Asia's Education Systems Will Limit Regional Development
While East Asia countries top education performance, Southeast Asia is struggling to catch up. An aging population and gap with Southeast Asia might mark down the whole region.
2019/12/05 | The Interpreter
How Much Influence Do Confucius Institutes Have in Australia?
Properly examining the allegations against Confucius Institutes will allow Australia to assess more credible threats of China’s foreign influence.
2019/11/29 | The Interpreter
Brilliant Time: Bridging the Cultural Gap Between Taiwan and Southeast Asia
A bookstore in New Taipei City is creating a community for Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan and encouraging local Taiwanese to learn about Southeast Asian cultures.
2019/11/27 | The Interpreter
Global Diplomacy Index: China Now Has the Largest Diplomatic Network
China has overtaken the U.S. with the largest diplomatic network in the 2019 Lowy Institute Global Diplomacy Index.
2019/11/08 | The Interpreter
What Does 'Blockchain With Chinese Characteristics' Mean?
Cryptocurrency made a comeback after Chinese President Xi Jinping called for blockchain technology development. What would blockchain even look like in a heavily monitored society?
2019/11/04 | The Interpreter
Hong Kong's Special Status Should Remain Unchanged Beyond 2047
Hong Kong and China would both benefit from more clarity on what the city's status will be after 2047.
2019/10/21 | The Interpreter
Can China Lease the Entire Solomon Island?
A month after the Solomon Islands severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Chinese corporations have allegedly signed exploitative agreements with the provincial governments, practically selling out the islands.
2019/10/18 | The Interpreter
Modi Takes a Beach Stroll During Sluggish India-China Talks
Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi took time out for a beach cleanup while hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping last week — an act that might have been more productive than their talks.
2019/10/14 | The Interpreter
China’s Catholics Still Suffer Religious Oppression After Vatican-Beijing Deal
The Vatican, the only European state that still recognizes Taipei over Beijing, signed a landmark deal last year with the CCP in exchange for recognition of the Pope as the leader of China’s Catholics. The deal, however, has shown no sign of progress or success.
2019/09/27 | The Interpreter
Australia's and China's Economic Diplomacy in Southeast Asia
Australia's tourism power over Indonesia might have played a role in the Indonesian government's delaying the criminalization of sex outside marriage. But how much is Australian tourism dollar worth nowadays with a rampant increase of Chinese tourists?