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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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2018/11/02 | The Interpreter

SINGAPORE: 1 Week, 6 Executions, No Political Will for Change

On Oct. 26, Singapore executed Malaysian citizen Prabu N. Pathmanathan despite protests from the Malaysian government.

2018/10/19 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Hong Kongers Giving Up as Housing Breaks the Camel's Back

Hong Kongers are talking about emigrating as it becomes increasingly clear there is nothing 'special' about this administrative region of the PRC.

2018/10/16 | The Interpreter

China's CGTN Public Broadcaster Is Hungry for Australian Viewership

Can the China Global Television Network, a reboot of CCTV, compete with BBC and CNN?

2018/10/10 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Beijing's Taiwan Squeeze Offers a Blueprint for the China Century

China's creeping interference in Taiwan's democracy reflects changing currents in Indo-Pacific geopolitics.

2018/09/22 | The Interpreter

MYANMAR: Aung San Suu Kyi Presides Over a Media Blackout

Protests broke out in Yangon last Sunday, days after Suu Kyi publicly defended the seven-year prison sentences handed down to journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

2018/09/21 | The Interpreter

The End of the Jack Ma Era Marks a Changing China

The end of Jack Ma's tenure as Alibaba's chairman reflects a need for a different kind of leadership in the Xi Jinping era.

2018/09/11 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: A Brief Overview of China's Blackmail Strategy Towards Taiwan

From El Salvador to last week's typhoon in Japan, China is engaged in a blackmail campaign to remove Taiwan from the international stage.

2018/09/01 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Belt and Road Is an Exercise in Chinese Branding

More than anything, Belt and Road is a marketing tool – and, it seems, a largely successful one.

2018/08/24 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Behind the Asian Games Glitz Hides a Troubled Indonesia

It'll take more than a cover over Jakarta's 'Black River' to hide the darkness that threatens the heart of Indonesia.

2018/08/10 | The Interpreter

OPINION: China's Soft Power Push Risks Igniting Divides in Singapore

China's efforts to conflate race and national identity could have dangerous ramifications.

2018/08/02 | The Interpreter

Wild Rumors and Shoddy Vaccines Rifle Through China

Li Keqiang's profile has seemingly been elevated, but has it come at the expense of Xi Jinping? A recap of one of Zhongnanhai's most restless periods in recent memory.

2018/08/02 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Kazakhstan's Grand Entrance onto the World Stage

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has assertively courted Chinese and American alliances while shaking off decades of Russian influence.

2018/07/26 | The Interpreter

City of Sadness: Mourning the Ruins of Post-ISIS Marawi

Trust must be re-established in Marawi before rebuilding can begin.

2018/07/23 | The Interpreter

Why China Sees Senegal as a Belt and Road Springboard

Xi Jinping made Senegal his first stop on his tour of Africa, meeting President Macky Sall for the third time since 2012. What is it that makes the relationship between China and Senegal, according to Sall, so "special"?