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2018/07/31 | East Asia Forum

ANALYSIS: China and ASEAN Prepare to Play Nice in South China Sea

ASEAN's member states must firmly defend their interests as they enter into negotiations with China over a framework for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

2018/07/30 | New Bloom

OPINION: In Praise of Defacing the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial

Criticism of the defacing of Chiang Kai-shek's memorial miss the point, argues Brian Hioe, as long as Taiwan's government is content to revere the late dictator.

2018/07/27 | Global Voices

CAMBODIA: Campaigning to Keep Voters' Fingers Clean Ahead of Dirty Elections

Supports of the dissolved opposition party are urging voters to boycott Sunday's general election.

2018/07/27 | Michael Beltran

OPINION: Former President Gloria Arroyo Resurrects to Inflict More Terror

As the former Philippines president is elevated to the role of Speaker of the House, the Philippines reflects on her painful legacy.

2018/07/25 | Roy Ngerng

ANALYSIS: Why Temasek Holdings' Singapore Pensions Claim Is Tosh

The Singapore government's sovereign wealth fund can be shown to be consistently dishonest over whether it has access to national pension funds.

2018/07/24 | David Green

Q&A: Human Rights Foundation's Gladstein on Bitcoin Versus Authoritarianism

If there is one thing able to stop the Chinese panopticon, it might just be Bitcoin.

2018/07/24 | New Mandala

VIETNAM: Workers Protest Proposed Lease of Economic Zones to China

A draft law governing rules in the zones erodes protections for Vietnamese workers, heavily favors Chinese investors, and promotes toxic industries and gambling.

2018/07/24 | Nick Aspinwall

Ignored in Duterte's SONA, Mindanao's Lumads Vow to Defend Ancestral Lands

Ignored by President Duterte in his State of the Nation Address, Mindanao's Lumads continue to feel victimized by martial law, extrajudicial killings, and forced displacement, but will not stop defending their ancestral lands.

2018/07/23 | East Asia Forum

Cambodia's Upcoming Election Seeks to Prove Its Own Legitimacy

The ruling Cambodian People's Party faces no real opposition in next week's elections. Instead, voter turnout will determine whether the government can tout this election as legitimate.

2018/07/23 | Policy Forum

Water Tensions Between Singapore and Malaysia Begin to Boil Over

Malaysia's recent election has reignited a longstanding quarrel over water with Singapore, which receives half its fresh water from its neighbor to the north.

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"?

2018/07/22 | Jessica Batke

OPINION: China's Foreign NGO Law Presents a Non-profit Opportunity for Taiwan

Now is the time for Taiwan to get serious if it wants to attract international NGOs displaced by China's Foreign NGO Law.

2018/07/20 | Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya & Ankita Bora

PHOTO ESSAY: A Journey Along India's Assam-Nagaland Insurgent Border

The 400-km-plus border in northeast India, site of periodic eruptions of conflict, also bears witness to friendship, family and hope.

2018/07/20 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Carrie Lam Should Watch Her Words on Language and Identity in Hong Kong

Speaking English is a core part of identity in Hong Kong, which is resistant to any perceived attempts to usher in more Mandarin.