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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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2021/04/23 | 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.

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.

2022/01/18 | The Interpreter

Australia Has a Solution to Indonesia’s Soaring Food Prices

As Indonesia takes the G20 presidency solving the country’s food security crisis should be top of the agenda.

2022/03/04 | The Interpreter

China Needs To Rethink Its Russia Policy

Beijing may find it difficult to handle this troublesome “no limits” partner.

2018/11/02 | The Interpreter

SINGAPORE: 1 Week, 6 Executions, No Political Will for Change

On Oct. 26, Singapore executed Malaysian citizen Prabu N. Pathmanathan despite protests from the Malaysian government.

2020/01/08 | The Interpreter

Martial Law Lifted in Philippine South, But Military Presence Persists

The role of the military on the strife-torn Philippine island isn’t about to change – and will continue to ensnare legal activists.

2020/02/04 | The Interpreter

Authorities in Hong Kong Struggle to Win Trust Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Hong Kong government's refusal to close the border has set off a public panic. Is it overreaction – or justified?

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.

2018/09/21 | The Interpreter

The End of the Jack Ma Era Marks a Changing China

The end of Jack Ma's tenure as Alibaba's chairman reflects a need for a different kind of leadership in the Xi Jinping era.

2022/03/08 | The Interpreter

Reading Southeast Asia on Ukraine

Russia’s invasion has unified the West with new clarity, yet exposed ambiguity and uncertainty in Southeast Asia.

2018/09/22 | The Interpreter

MYANMAR: Aung San Suu Kyi Presides Over a Media Blackout

Protests broke out in Yangon last Sunday, days after Suu Kyi publicly defended the seven-year prison sentences handed down to journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

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.