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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.
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.
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.
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.
2019/09/11 | The Interpreter
State Propaganda Tops Cat Videos on Chinese Social Media Platforms
Chinese youth don't always pay attention to traditional media outlets like CCTV, but their frequently used digital platforms are now filled with state propaganda tailored based on their user data.
2019/09/02 | The Interpreter
The Intractable Conflicts Over Kashmir, Explained
The Indian government has cut off telecommunications in Kashmir since August 4 with no resolution in sight. What's the story behind the lockdown?
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?
2019/01/21 | The Interpreter
The Rahaf al-Qanun Saga and the Global Politics of Seeking Asylum
Rahaf al-Qanun's dramatic route from Bangkok to Canada cast a lens on how global power brokers manage the fate of asylum seekers.
2019/01/17 | The Interpreter
INDONESIA: An Election of Identity Politics and Peace Offerings
Vice presidential nominee Ma’ruf Amin has notably offered an olive branch to former Jakarta mayor Ahok.
2019/08/20 | The Interpreter
Japan-South Korea Trade Dispute Stems From Bitter Historical Grievances
In the midst of the Japan-South Korea trade war, unresolved dispute from Japan's colonial past has resurfaced.