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2017/07/24 | James Chin

Here is Why Mahathir is at the Center of Malaysia’s Opposition Power Play

Mahathir represents an alternative Ketuanan Melayu leadership, rather than real political reforms.

2017/07/24 | James Trauer

The Fall and Rise of Tuberculosis: A First World Problem

A resurgent TB epidemic is a problem for the developing and developed world alike.

2017/07/23 | Renaud Egreteau

The Emergence of Pork Barrel Politics in Myanmar

Concerns over the waste of public money, corruption, and the entrenchment of political clientelism in Burma.

2017/07/22 | Shashank Joshi

Where the India-China Standoff is Going

A diplomatic off-ramp is currently hard to see, but may become easier in the autumn.

2017/07/22 | J. Michael Cole

Brawls in Taiwan’s Parliament Not a 'Way of Life'

'It is downright unfair of media like the BBC to claim that this is the normal way things are carried out at Taiwan’s legislature,' says J. Michael Cole.

2017/07/21 | Dr Anthony Bergin

Beneath the Surface: Fisheries Diplomacy and the South China Sea

The dynamiting of reefs, plus overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and the impacts of climate change are all having an impact on fish stocks in the contested waters of the South China Sea. Anthony Bergin takes a look at what Australia could do about it.

2017/07/20 | Adam Cathcart and Alexander Nicholas Shaw

No Space for Democracy: Political Dissidence in Colonial and Contemporary Hong Kong

'Beijing may well demand that Britain refrains from interference now that China exercises control of the territory. Ultimately, Britain was equally firm in resisting Chinese intervention at the height of the Cold War.'

2017/07/18 | Agence France-Presse

Singapore Voids Marriage after Husband's Sex Change

Singapore maintains legislation dating back to British colonial rule making sex between men a criminal act although it does not actively enforce the law.

2017/07/18 | Zi Yang

Xi Jinping is Restoring 'Traditionalism' in China amid Cultural Revival Campaign

Xi Jinping’s China is witnessing the unfolding of a cultural revival campaign. Although state-driven cultural revival is a win with the mostly conservative Chinese, the Party-state’s leading position in the campaign means it has all the power to determine what is an 'outstanding' element of traditional culture.

2017/07/18 | Haironesah Domado

Winning the Peace in ISIS-Linked Marawi Conflict Just the First Step

Rebuilding Marawi will be more difficult than ending the conflict. Indeed, the conduct of the military while ‘pacifying’ the city has a direct bearing on their ability to take the steps I have outlined above, given the mounting grievances over the fighting’s impact on civilians.

2017/07/17 | Yuan-Ming Chiao

Protest in China Over Fertility Treatment Price Hikes

A fivefold increase in the cost of some fertility treatments in China sparked protest.

2017/07/17 | Elsa Kania

PLA Swarms at War: Chinese Advances in Swarm Intelligence

PLA strategists expect that future, autonomous combat involving unmanned systems, as well as the joint operations of unmanned and manned systems, will have a dramatic impact on traditional operational models.