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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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2020/02/10 | 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.

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.