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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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2020/02/15 | 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.

2020/11/02 | The Interpreter

Taiwan: Rising Stakes for Australia

America’s policy of “strategic ambiguity” is being hotly contested, but multilateralism might offer a fresh approach.

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.

2018/10/10 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Beijing's Taiwan Squeeze Offers a Blueprint for the China Century

China's creeping interference in Taiwan's democracy reflects changing currents in Indo-Pacific geopolitics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2019/09/23 | The Interpreter

Did China Win the Pacific Race by Snatching Solomon and Kiribati?

Behind Taiwan's loss of diplomatic allies, what have China, Australia, and the U.S. each gained or lost over last week's Pacific drama?

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.

2021/11/04 | The Interpreter

Filipino Migrants Are Agents of Change

Stereotypes tell of disenfranchised labor. But the experience of people abroad can seed change at home, too.

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.

2021/10/26 | The Interpreter

Would a War Over Taiwan Be Legal?

International law defines statehood and provides the rules of war, but ambiguities abound in the case of Taiwan.

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.