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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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2018/11/21 | The Interpreter

MYANMAR: Press Freedom Crumples amid Support for Dubious Foreign Reports

The Myanmar government's endorsement of a US 'anti-Rohingya supporter' marks a new low in the country's press freedom.

2018/07/23 | The Interpreter

Why China Sees Senegal as a Belt and Road Springboard

Xi Jinping made Senegal his first stop on his tour of Africa, meeting President Macky Sall for the third time since 2012. What is it that makes the relationship between China and Senegal, according to Sall, so "special"?

2018/05/30 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: A Financial Crisis Looms over China

China's 'shadow banks' are a double-edged sword for Xi.

2018/06/08 | The Interpreter

China's Damming Control of Mekong, South China Sea Pincers Southeast Asia

China's control of dams above the Mekong and islands in the South China Sea strategically sandwiches Southeast Asia.

2018/04/02 | The Interpreter

Vietnam Seeks to Modernize Military Through 'New Friends and Old Foes'

Vietnam's military is an anachronism, but modernization may may mean cozying up to the United States.

2018/08/02 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Kazakhstan's Grand Entrance onto the World Stage

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has assertively courted Chinese and American alliances while shaking off decades of Russian influence.

2018/03/20 | The Interpreter

China Quietly Announces New Aid Agency

Details about the precise role and structure of an independent Chinese aid agency are yet to be released.

2018/08/24 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Behind the Asian Games Glitz Hides a Troubled Indonesia

It'll take more than a cover over Jakarta's 'Black River' to hide the darkness that threatens the heart of Indonesia.

2018/04/12 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Vietnam's Political Crackdown Jeopardizes Economic Progress

The Communist Party's suppression of political dissent could damage foreign partners' willingness to deepen economic and security ties.

2018/04/12 | The Interpreter

Europe Frets over Impact of Chinese Money

One Belt One Road is coming to Europe, but reactions to the infrastructure spending are mixed across the continent.

2018/05/27 | The Interpreter

Can Australia Help Indonesia Kick Cigarettes?

Australia's northern neighbor's economy is burdened by heavy tobacco use.

2018/08/10 | The Interpreter

OPINION: China's Soft Power Push Risks Igniting Divides in Singapore

China's efforts to conflate race and national identity could have dangerous ramifications.

2018/07/26 | The Interpreter

City of Sadness: Mourning the Ruins of Post-ISIS Marawi

Trust must be re-established in Marawi before rebuilding can begin.

2018/05/21 | The Interpreter

Chinese Students in Australia Often Feel Isolated, Disappointed

Chinese students pay big money to study Down Under, but many come away without the cosmopolitan experience they were expecting.

2018/05/04 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Southeast Asia Doubles Down on Trade amid Protectionist Fears

Caught between trade deals and heavily dependent on external trade, ASEAN may be forced to decide between the US and China.