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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.

2019/12/05 | The Interpreter

How Much Influence Do Confucius Institutes Have in Australia?

Properly examining the allegations against Confucius Institutes will allow Australia to assess more credible threats of China’s foreign influence.

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.

2019/11/08 | 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?

2019/10/14 | 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.

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?

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.

2021/01/18 | The Interpreter

Boys’ Love Brings Edgy Drama To China, and a Backlash

As a genre, gay fiction has leapt from words to the screen with enormous popularity in China, but not beyond the censor’s reach.

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.