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2017/09/13 | Mong Palatino
Free Media Fighting to Stay Alive in Cambodia amid Hun Sen's Latest Crackdown
One daily newspaper, two foreign media services and three local radio stations are among those under threat.
2017/09/12 | Oiwan Lam
Mulling the Cost of China Winning the AI Race
'Both Chinese and foreign experts reckon that China has the most advanced — and cheapest — AI-enabled surveillance technology in the world.'
2017/09/12 | Jacqui True
Are Women the Key to Stopping Terrorism in Asia?
Governments should provide support for both international and national women’s organisations working to stabilize communities and prevent terrorism and violent extremism.
Get Ready for Unification: South Korea's Looming 'Berlin Wall' Moment
'The consequences of Korean unification, while important in economic terms, can also have far-reaching consequences for the political and strategic relationships among Asian nations as well as the international order.'
The Big International Business of Taiwanese Swindlers
Recent cases have revealed that telephone scamming involving Taiwanese swindlers is a big international business.
2017/09/04 | Milton Osborne
Cambodia's Hun Sen Cracks Down on Press Ahead of Elections
So while the CPP rails against its ‘enemies’ and seeks to redress the balance of youth support that was evident in the 2013 elections, it has to confront what still seems the unlikely possibility that next year it could lose.
2017/09/01 | David Brewster
India-China Standoff Paves Way for Downward Spiral in Indian Ocean Tensions
It is quite possible that the deterioration of relations between China and India – and the mutual provocations that have gone with it – may spur China to take a more forthright naval role in Gwadar or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.
The New Paradigm: Washington Getting Tough on Taipei
'Even career government officials who had served in previous administrations adopted a tougher tone this year, asserting that little progress could be expected in expanding bilateral economic ties unless Taiwan acts decisively to shave its trade deficit with the United States and tackle major outstanding trade issues.'
2017/08/30 | Phelim Kine
Is Duterte's War on Drugs Migrating to Indonesia?
Indonesia is already wrestling with the toxic legacy of impunity for the mass killings of least 500,000 people in 1965–66, when the government gave free rein to soldiers and local militias to kill anyone they considered a “communist.” Unless Jokowi speaks out forcefully against a Duterte drug war model of crime control, he risks being responsible for a mass killing campaign that could demolish Indonesia’s fragile and hard fought-for rights and freedoms.
2017/08/29 | WEI-CHIN LEE
Can We Crack a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea
Coming to an agreement on a legally-binding Code of Conduct for the South China Sea will be a challenging task.
2017/08/24 | Kerry Brown
China's New Point Man on North Korea Faces Uphill Battle
'Never before has North Korea been more troubling, its nuclear program seemingly more successful than anyone suspected, and the country well on the way, under the maverick young leader Kim Jong-un, to being able to deliver nuclear-loaded ballistics to US assets,' writes Kerry Brown.
Deconstructing China’s Indian Ocean Power Play
China’s new military base could be the first step in the country dramatically increasing its military presence in the Indian Ocean, David Brewster and Anthony Bergin write.
2017/08/23 | Andrew O'Neil
North Korea's Rudimentary Nuclear Command-and-Control Systems are Dangerous
Nuclear war would be a disaster for the North Korean people and would almost certainly lead to the destruction of the Kim Jong-un regime.
2017/08/19 | Mong Palatino
TV Network Pays the Price in Thailand for Calling Leader 'Dictator'
Thailand’s army grabbed power in 2014 and has remained in power through a constitution it drafted. The country's media struggles to challenge those in power.
2017/08/17 | Andreas Harsono
Jokowi Has a Political Prisoner Problem
Indonesia can’t claim to be a democratic, progressive state while still locking up citizens for merely expressing their rights of freedom of expression and association.
2017/08/14 | Andreas Rupprecht
China's 'Silver-Bullet' in the Sky: The PLA Bomber Force
Over the last 10 years the PLAAF has rapidly improved its capabilities not only by the introduction of new and more capable types but also by structural changes, training, and doctrine. However, compared to the other services, the PLAAF still lacks a real ability to project power far from its borders.
2017/08/10 | Peter Wood
Why Djibouti Matters: China Sends Troops to First Permanent Base Abroad
The Djibouti support base is likely just the first of many as China improves its ability to protect the trade routes that form the vital arteries of its economy.