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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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2019/11/08 | 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?

2019/07/16 | The Interpreter

India's Ongoing Water Crisis Impacts 600 Million People

Indian cities are forced to truck in drinking water, farms are failing, and the situation grows more desperate.

2018/10/19 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Hong Kongers Giving Up as Housing Breaks the Camel's Back

Hong Kongers are talking about emigrating as it becomes increasingly clear there is nothing 'special' about this administrative region of the PRC.

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.

2021/08/03 | The Interpreter

China Threatens the West’s Primacy, Not Its Democratic Systems

Cold War tropes misrepresent Beijing’s challenge, and exaggerate its material and ideological power.

2018/11/07 | The Interpreter

How YouTubers Are Protecting Cantonese & Other Dialects From the CCP

They didn't set out to do it, but young people in Hong Kong and China have erected a formidable line of defense against Beijing's efforts to drown out dialects in favor of Mandarin.

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.

2021/10/29 | The Interpreter

The Legal Case For Defending Taiwan

If a narrow interpretation of international law saw China attack Taiwan, a League of Nations-style crisis would ensue.

2019/09/02 | The Interpreter

The Intractable Conflicts Over Kashmir, Explained

The Indian government has cut off telecommunications in Kashmir since August 4 with no resolution in sight. What's the story behind the lockdown?

2019/09/11 | The Interpreter

State Propaganda Tops Cat Videos on Chinese Social Media Platforms

Chinese youth don't always pay attention to traditional media outlets like CCTV, but their frequently used digital platforms are now filled with state propaganda tailored based on their user data.

2019/08/20 | The Interpreter

Japan-South Korea Trade Dispute Stems From Bitter Historical Grievances

In the midst of the Japan-South Korea trade war, unresolved dispute from Japan's colonial past has resurfaced.

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.

2021/04/23 | The Interpreter

Indonesia Gambles on Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar

Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo may have an eye to his legacy by inviting the junta to Jakarta, but it could also cost his prestige.

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?

2018/09/11 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: A Brief Overview of China's Blackmail Strategy Towards Taiwan

From El Salvador to last week's typhoon in Japan, China is engaged in a blackmail campaign to remove Taiwan from the international stage.

2018/11/15 | The Interpreter

How to Measure Happiness, Lessons from China and Taiwan

Taiwan brings the happy while China's smiles wane despite economic expansion.