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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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2018/05/25 | The Interpreter

Confronting Coldstore: Why Singapore Must Face Its Past

There is still time for those who took part in epoch-making events in Singapore's history to give their personal testimony.

2018/05/21 | The Interpreter

Chinese Students in Australia Often Feel Isolated, Disappointed

Chinese students pay big money to study Down Under, but many come away without the cosmopolitan experience they were expecting.

2018/05/18 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: The Asian Infrastructure Bank and China's Place in the World

The AIIB's marginal role in international projects like Belt and Road expose the fragmented nature of China's policymaking.

2018/05/15 | The Interpreter

Taking the Measure of China's New Aircraft Carrier

China's first homegrown aircraft carrier lags US counterparts but complements its area denial and blue water navy strategies.

2018/05/07 | The Interpreter

Trains, Planes and Nuclear Disarmament: Who Will Host the Trump-Kim Summit?

The host city for the summit will need to meet strict security and logistical requirements, and the choice will be highly symbolic.

2018/05/04 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Southeast Asia Doubles Down on Trade amid Protectionist Fears

Caught between trade deals and heavily dependent on external trade, ASEAN may be forced to decide between the US and China.

2018/04/26 | The Interpreter

Despite New Discovery, Japan Can't Match China's Rare Earth Dominance

Japan's discovery of 16 million tons of high-value metals on the ocean floor means little if they cannot exploit them.

2018/04/23 | The Interpreter

Who Will Ultimately Be Blamed for the Rohingya Crisis?

For decades, Myanmar’s leaders have feared that they may be brought before a court to account for their actions, but the issue goes far beyond military top brass.

2018/04/23 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Climate Change to Test Small Island Alliances

China is courting nations such as the Maldives and Vanuatu using infrastructure funds aimed at combating the effects of sea level rises.

2018/04/13 | The Interpreter

Big Surprise: Chinese State Media Fawned Over the Boao Forum

The image of China as respected and admired by the rest of the world is a critical element of China’s internal propaganda efforts.

2018/04/12 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Vietnam's Political Crackdown Jeopardizes Economic Progress

The Communist Party's suppression of political dissent could damage foreign partners' willingness to deepen economic and security ties.

2018/04/12 | The Interpreter

Europe Frets over Impact of Chinese Money

One Belt One Road is coming to Europe, but reactions to the infrastructure spending are mixed across the continent.

2018/04/02 | The Interpreter

Vietnam Seeks to Modernize Military Through 'New Friends and Old Foes'

Vietnam's military is an anachronism, but modernization may may mean cozying up to the United States.

2018/03/26 | The Interpreter

Is Myanmar's Leadership Too Old for the Job?

The graying leadership of the ruling National League for Democracy is an impediment to real change.