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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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2021/10/26 | 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.

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.

2022/03/23 | The Interpreter

China’s Women ‘Hold Up Half the Sky’

Entrenched gender inequality and the heavy hand of censors can no longer silence female voices in China.

2022/04/15 | The Interpreter

The Problem With Postcards From Myanmar

Myanmar is opening up to foreign tourists, but it’s not just Covid-19 that poses a risk.

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.

2022/01/21 | The Interpreter

Japan’s Low-tech World

A glacial move towards digitalization has left much of the country’s workforce and public services in the last century.

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.