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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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2021/10/06 | 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.

2021/07/13 | The Interpreter

Taipei’s Growing Legion of Friends

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

2021/04/07 | The Interpreter

Closer Taiwan-US Ties Are Stabilizing the Region, Not the Opposite

Displays of solidarity for Taiwan won’t contain Beijing’s ambition, but U.S. support must factor in its thinking.

2021/09/10 | The Interpreter

China’s Digital Currency Takes Shape

A new central bank system to control the flow and exchange of money dovetails with Beijing’s big tech crackdown.

2021/02/20 | The Interpreter

Myanmar’s Coup Will Test the Loyalty of the Security Forces

Armed forces organizations are not just a mindless mass prepared to do whatever they are told.

2021/06/07 | The Interpreter

The Authoritarian Threat of Indonesia’s Latest Internet Bill

Indonesia's pending legislation would require online service providers to remove or block content by government demand.

2021/01/25 | The Interpreter

Beijing’s “Wolf Warriors” Score Own Goals

An online spat over the origins of kimchi shows the Chinese Communist Party has made people at home hungry for news of China’s dominance.

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.

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.

2021/07/27 | The Interpreter

China’s Numbers Game Harms Us All

As Beijing attempts to tackle some shared world problems, its opaque regime means the benefits are limited.

2021/05/24 | The Interpreter

ASEAN’s Huge Gamble on Myanmar

If it doesn’t move quickly on its hard-won consensus, the organization risks letting the junta call the shots.

2021/09/24 | The Interpreter

Can the China Model Be Accommodated in the CPTPP?

A rules-based trading system is the bare minimum that Beijing must agree to if it wants to talk accession, analysts argue.

2021/02/04 | The Interpreter

Myanmar’s Empty Promise of Constitutional Reform

Democracy campaigners tried to play by the military’s rules. They suffered for it anyway.

2021/08/24 | The Interpreter

Can the US and China Cooperate on Climate?

Deals, denials, and grand bargains on the road to the COP26 climate change conference.