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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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2019/03/18 | The Interpreter

Solomon Islands May Be Considering a Diplomatic Switch From Taiwan to China

Prime Minister Rick Hou’s political party has said it will review Solomon Islands relations with Taiwan if elected, raising the possibility of a switch to China.

2019/01/21 | The Interpreter

The Rahaf al-Qanun Saga and the Global Politics of Seeking Asylum

Rahaf al-Qanun's dramatic route from Bangkok to Canada cast a lens on how global power brokers manage the fate of asylum seekers.

2019/08/13 | The Interpreter

'Brownface' Backlash Reveals Systematic Racism in Singapore

Racism is a recurring discussion in Singapore and state-owned companies have done little to reflect on their mistakes.

2018/12/14 | The Interpreter

The Role of US Christian Conservatives in Taiwan's LGBT Referendum Defeats

Opponents of same-sex marriage studied a playbook provided by more experienced US church groups in how to counter pro-LGBT rights activism.

2019/07/30 | The Interpreter

Taiwan's 2020 Is a Battle Between Reason and Entertainment

Han Kuo-yu's populist approach in his presidential campaign is driven by emotion rather than reason.

2021/10/06 | The Interpreter

Chinese Warplanes Overhead Taiwan (Or Maybe Not)

Multi-aircraft flights – some at night – signal a growing sophistication. But there are still limits.

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.

2021/05/17 | The Interpreter

Myanmar and a New Kind of Civil War

Urban dissidents trained by battle-hardened guerillas in the countryside could make things harder for the Myanmar military.

2021/08/10 | The Interpreter

“I Am a Taiwanese”: Eastern Europeans See a Cold War in East Asia

Memories of life under authoritarianism forge ties between Taiwan and a growing number of Eastern European states.

2019/01/28 | The Interpreter

China's 'Dark Fishing Fleets' Cast a Black Shadow Over the South China Sea

The 'maritime militia' narrative is being overemphasized at the expense of very real problems, writes Zhang Hongzhou.

2021/07/13 | The Interpreter

Taipei’s Growing Legion of Friends

There’s serious regional clout behind Taiwan’s goal of peace and stability.

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.

2019/01/17 | The Interpreter

INDONESIA: An Election of Identity Politics and Peace Offerings

Vice presidential nominee Ma’ruf Amin has notably offered an olive branch to former Jakarta mayor Ahok.

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.

2019/10/21 | 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.

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.