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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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2019/10/18 | The Interpreter

Modi Takes a Beach Stroll During Sluggish India-China Talks

Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi took time out for a beach cleanup while hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping last week — an act that might have been more productive than their talks.

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.

2019/09/27 | 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?

2019/09/23 | 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?

2019/09/11 | 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?

2019/08/20 | 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.

2019/08/16 | The Interpreter

Australia to Examine Press Freedom After Police Raids on Journalists

The Australian government is reviewing press freedom protection after the police raided a journalist's home and a newsroom in June.

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.

2019/07/16 | 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.

2019/03/27 | 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.

2019/03/18 | 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.

2019/03/12 | The Interpreter

INDONESIA: The Long Struggle of the Women's Movement in Politics

Women have been relegated to the fringes of Indonesian governance ever since Suharto’s New Order regime took over Sukarno’s throne of politics dominated by men.