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2022/04/15 | Xiaochen Su

Preferential Treatment of Ukrainian Refugees Shows Limits of Europe’s Multiculturalism

The broad welcome that many Ukrainians have received is a social good. But we should hope and work for a world in which all refugees receive the same treatment.

2022/06/01 | Randy Mulyanto

With Beijing’s New Envoy Lu Kang in Jakarta, What’s Next for Its Ties With Indonesia?

Indonesia’s upcoming general election in 2024 would be a “testament” to Lu’s ambassadorship, experts say.

2022/03/25 | Voice of America

Why Taiwan Came Up During Ukraine-Related Call Between Biden, China’s Xi

While the calls signal stability in Sino-U.S. ties, experts see low odds of the two countries advancing toward any stronger friendship.

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.

2022/05/16 | The Interpreter

What a Marcos Jr Presidency in the Philippines Means for Geopolitics

The Philippines might be Asia’s oldest democracy, but the continued appetite for strongman rule demonstrates a deep ambivalence about liberal democracy’s promises of political equality and rule of law and the likely continuation of the public’s acceptance of the autocratic practices that characterized Duterte’s presidency.

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.

2022/03/21 | The Conversation

Ukraine: Why China Is Not Yet Bailing Out Russia

China has been careful not to make enemies in Europe. Ukraine and much of the former Soviet Union are key components in the ongoing Belt-and-Road initiatives to build a massive international infrastructure of trade routes.

2022/06/09 | Timothy S. Rich

To What Extent Do South Koreans Perceive North Korean Cyberattacks as a Threat?

A recent survey of South Koreans indicates that cyberattacks are viewed as a threat comparable to nuclear weapons, particularly among the elderly.

2022/04/08 | Global Voices

Shanghai Continues Citywide Lock-down Despite Public Outcry, Food Shortages, and Chaos

As the Chinese government tries to suppress the outbreak in Shanghai under zero-Covid policy, it is said that more recent deaths have been related to the lockdown than the virus.

2022/02/07 | Michael Beltran

Teenage Girl Accuses Military of Rape and Torture Because of Her Family’s Activism

“In the context of the ongoing armed conflict in the Philippines, thousands of military elements are deployed in civilian communities who intentionally target women and girls with sexual violence in order to achieve particular military objectives.”

2022/03/03 | Voice of America

China Positions Itself as Mediator Between Russia, Ukraine

A mediation attempt would divert international attention from China’s controversial goal of unifying with Taiwan, experts say.

2022/02/21 | Voice of America

What Happens to Uyghurs After Competing in the Olympics?

“For decades, the stereotypical ‘happily dancing Uyghur’ has served as a puppet of propaganda for China’s official ‘ethnic unity and harmony’ narrative.”

2022/05/20 | The Interpreter

Lies, Damn Lies, and North Korea’s Covid Statistics

Why has Pyongyang suddenly fessed up to an outbreak after years of insisting the virus has been held completely at bay?

2022/04/29 | Voice of America

Myanmar Junta Hits Opposition Forces With Communications Blackouts

Myanmar’s junta has been cracking down on opposition forces by cutting off mobile internet service and telephone lines in strongholds of local armed groups.

2022/07/04 | The Interpreter

Taking on Cambodia’s “Lady Liberty”

The American human rights lawyer sentenced to six years in a Phnom Penh prison may cause Hun Sen no end of trouble.

2022/07/22 | Voice of America

China Pushes to Quell Protests Over Billion-dollar Banking Scandal

The scandal has drawn national attention as Beijing is struggling to maintain economic growth in the face of President Xi Jinping's commitment to a zero-Covid policy that has prompted widespread lockdowns and a resulting economic slowdown.

2022/03/14 | Voice of America

Chinese Premier to Step Down ahead of Leadership Change

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang compared the increasingly difficult task of managing the economy to climbing a high mountain with “less oxygen.”

2022/05/19 | Deutsche Welle

Are European Academics Helping China’s Military?

An investigation has found that European researchers have cooperated with China's National University of Defense Technology, whose purpose is to “Strengthen the Armed Forces and the Nation.”