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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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2020/04/27 | The Interpreter

Rumors Around Kim Jong Un Reveals Crisis in South Korean Media

Less than half of South Koreans trust their local media coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, and even less trust their coverage of powerful entities. The reasons for this lie in South Korea's authoritarian past.

2020/03/06 | The Interpreter

When Philippines Democracy Hit Midlife Crisis

The Philippines’ democracy turned 34 last week but continues to flirt with authoritarian fantasies.

2020/02/17 | The Interpreter

The Politics of Racism as the Philippines Struggles With Coronavirus

Rodrigo Duterte and his backers appears to be exploiting the public health crisis to wedge opponents at home.

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.

2020/02/10 | The Interpreter

Australia-Indonesia: An Uncertain World Makes for Firm Friends

Australia and Indonesia have more and more in common, a fact which should challenge old tropes about their differences.

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?

2020/01/29 | The Interpreter

Coronavirus: One Step Backward for the Global Economy

Beyond the human toll, fears will stop people from heading to shops, eating out, travelling, and cause other consumer costs.

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.

2020/01/08 | The Interpreter

Martial Law Lifted in Philippine South, But Military Presence Persists

The role of the military on the strife-torn Philippine island isn’t about to change – and will continue to ensnare legal activists.

2019/12/17 | The Interpreter

India’s Descent into a Hindu Theocracy

A new law that threatens to exclude Muslims from Indian citizenship upends the idea of a nation built on liberty and equality.

2019/12/11 | The Interpreter

The Disparity in Asia's Education Systems Will Limit Regional Development

While East Asia countries top education performance, Southeast Asia is struggling to catch up. An aging population and gap with Southeast Asia might mark down the whole region.

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.

2019/11/29 | The Interpreter

Brilliant Time: Bridging the Cultural Gap Between Taiwan and Southeast Asia

A bookstore in New Taipei City is creating a community for Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan and encouraging local Taiwanese to learn about Southeast Asian cultures.

2019/11/27 | The Interpreter

Global Diplomacy Index: China Now Has the Largest Diplomatic Network

China has overtaken the U.S. with the largest diplomatic network in the 2019 Lowy Institute Global Diplomacy Index.

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?

2019/11/04 | The Interpreter

Hong Kong's Special Status Should Remain Unchanged Beyond 2047

Hong Kong and China would both benefit from more clarity on what the city's status will be after 2047.

2019/10/21 | The Interpreter

Can China Lease the Entire Solomon Island?

A month after the Solomon Islands severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Chinese corporations have allegedly signed exploitative agreements with the provincial governments, practically selling out the islands.