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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.
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.