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2022/01/22 | East Asia Forum

Vietnam’s Covid-19 Testing Scandal Goes Viral

Overpriced testing kits are an extremely sensitive issue that feeds into the long-standing problem of cronyism and backdoor politics in the medical equipment trade.

2022/01/26 | Jonah Walters

The Restoration of Democracy in Honduras Isn’t About China — Or Taiwan

Pundits tend to interpret the victory of any leftwing political force in Latin America as a geopolitical triumph for China — and so an existential threat to Taiwan. But this myopic and self-defeating perspective doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.

2022/01/13 | Xiaochen Su

An Alternative Reading of PRC History: ‘Revolution and Counterrevolution in China’

‘Revolution and Counterrevolution’ makes a powerful argument against the tendency to see 1978 as a concrete dividing line between two different Chinas.

2022/01/21 | The Interpreter

Japan’s Low-tech World

A glacial move towards digitalization has left much of the country’s workforce and public services in the last century.

2022/01/18 | The Interpreter

Australia Has a Solution to Indonesia’s Soaring Food Prices

As Indonesia takes the G20 presidency solving the country’s food security crisis should be top of the agenda.

2022/01/11 | The Interpreter

Kip-to-Currency?

Laos, one of Asia’s tiny communist nations is looking at blockchain to fuel an economic boom.

2022/01/24 | Voice of America

Malaysia’s Top Anti-corruption Cop Sues Whistleblower for Defamation

Hundreds of people rallied in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Saturday calling on Azam Baki, chief commissioner of Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission, to step down over corruption allegations.

2022/01/14 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Jakarta Enjoys Deep Culinary Connection With China

For centuries, Indonesians and the Chinese have had a long, complicated relationship. But in Jakarta, they mingled and intermarried — and so did their cuisines.

2022/01/26 | East Asia Forum

Myanmar Tumbles Into the Abyss

The Myanmar army’s capacity to consolidate its rule appears more fragile than ever, with so many new armed groups now taking up to the fight to the military regime and its representatives.

2022/01/19 | Deutsche Welle

IOC Reacts to Cybersecurity Concern Over Beijing My 2022 Phone App

A report revealed flaws in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics app, but the International Olympic Committee said it had been found to have “no critical vulnerabilities.”

2022/01/07 | Deutsche Welle

Horn of Africa: China Announces New Envoy as US One Departs

The region is suffering several crises, including the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region as well as political upheaval in Somalia.

2022/01/17 | East Asia Forum

South Korea’s Transgender Community Pushes for Recognition and Acceptance

The issue of transgender discrimination was once again brought into the spotlight earlier in 2021, following the suicide of a soldier who was forcibly discharged from the military after a gender reassignment surgery.

2022/01/03 | Deutsche Welle

Covid Complicates Asian Football’s Fight Against Match Fixing

Asian football in particular has long had a problem with match fixing. While some progress had been made in fighting the crime in recent years, the arrival of Covid-19 has made it easier for match fixers to do business.

2022/01/13 | Voice of America

With West Distracted by Pandemic, Vietnam Ramps Up Repression

“Vietnam is the world’s third-largest prison for journalists, right after autocratic regimes like Xi’s China, and junta-ruled Myanmar.”

2022/01/05 | East Asia Forum

Challenges Abound for Japan’s Kishida in 2022

Kishida’s new initiative called the “new form of capitalism” has been disappointing so far.

2022/01/06 | Voice of America

Martial Law Victims in the Philippines Challenge Marcos’ Presidential Bid

Cases against Marcos filed on behalf of the victims are piling up at the Commission on Elections. The petitions ask the body to either cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy or to disqualify him due to a criminal conviction in 1997 over his failure to file income tax returns decades ago.

2022/01/20 | Deutsche Welle

North Korea Hints It May Resume Nuclear Tests

North Korean state media said the country would consider restarting “suspended activities,” amid preparations for a “long-term confrontation” with the United States.