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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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2021/01/18 | 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.

2021/07/13 | The Interpreter

Taipei’s Growing Legion of Friends

There’s serious regional clout behind Taiwan’s goal of peace and stability.

2021/10/06 | The Interpreter

Chinese Warplanes Overhead Taiwan (Or Maybe Not)

Multi-aircraft flights – some at night – signal a growing sophistication. But there are still limits.

2021/04/07 | The Interpreter

Closer Taiwan-US Ties Are Stabilizing the Region, Not the Opposite

Displays of solidarity for Taiwan won’t contain Beijing’s ambition, but U.S. support must factor in its thinking.

2021/11/04 | The Interpreter

Filipino Migrants Are Agents of Change

Stereotypes tell of disenfranchised labor. But the experience of people abroad can seed change at home, too.

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.

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.

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.

2021/08/10 | The Interpreter

“I Am a Taiwanese”: Eastern Europeans See a Cold War in East Asia

Memories of life under authoritarianism forge ties between Taiwan and a growing number of Eastern European states.

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.

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.

2021/04/15 | The Interpreter

Thailand’s Sweeping Associations Law Courts Disaster

Draft legislation to strictly control all kinds of groups could crush civil society and drive out foreign organizations.

2021/12/14 | The Interpreter

Myanmar’s Annus Horribilis

The security situation is more complex and dangerous than it has been since the 1950s, without a resolution in sight.

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.

2021/12/22 | The Interpreter

Hun Sen’s All-Encompassing Rule of Cambodia

The strongman has anointed his son as successor – after an election, of course.

2021/10/20 | The Interpreter

If Pushed Far Enough, Would Myanmar Leave ASEAN?

Myanmar’s generals once feared joining the regional body would expose the country to foreign pressures.

2021/12/01 | The Interpreter

Increasingly Illiberal Thailand

By stifling free expression, authorities are shutting off any prospect of change that is broadly acceptable to all.