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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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2019/03/18 | The Interpreter
Solomon Islands May Be Considering a Diplomatic Switch From Taiwan to China
Prime Minister Rick Hou’s political party has said it will review Solomon Islands relations with Taiwan if elected, raising the possibility of a switch to China.
2018/12/14 | The Interpreter
The Role of US Christian Conservatives in Taiwan's LGBT Referendum Defeats
Opponents of same-sex marriage studied a playbook provided by more experienced US church groups in how to counter pro-LGBT rights activism.
2019/08/13 | The Interpreter
'Brownface' Backlash Reveals Systematic Racism in Singapore
Racism is a recurring discussion in Singapore and state-owned companies have done little to reflect on their mistakes.
2019/07/30 | The Interpreter
Taiwan's 2020 Is a Battle Between Reason and Entertainment
Han Kuo-yu's populist approach in his presidential campaign is driven by emotion rather than reason.
2019/01/28 | The Interpreter
China's 'Dark Fishing Fleets' Cast a Black Shadow Over the South China Sea
The 'maritime militia' narrative is being overemphasized at the expense of very real problems, writes Zhang Hongzhou.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2019/09/23 | 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?
2019/03/27 | The Interpreter
ANALYSIS: Bringing Transitional Justice to the Youth of Cambodia
Cambodia's young people are connecting digitally to the history of the murderous Khmer Rouge.
2019/01/10 | The Interpreter
Tsai Ing-wen's Battle to Quell DPP Factionalism Is Not Over Yet
Despite the ascendance of Tsai ally Cho Jung-tai to DPP chair, the president still presides over a house divided.