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2022/02/16 | Voice of America

Myanmar Issue Hardens Divisions in ASEAN

Analysts said a troika had emerged made up of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei, which share religious sympathies with the Muslim Rohingya and have opposed bringing the Myanmar junta into ASEAN after it was banned from attending its summits in response to the coup.

2022/03/23 | The Interpreter

China’s Women ‘Hold Up Half the Sky’

Entrenched gender inequality and the heavy hand of censors can no longer silence female voices in China.

2022/04/15 | The Interpreter

The Problem With Postcards From Myanmar

Myanmar is opening up to foreign tourists, but it’s not just Covid-19 that poses a risk.

2022/07/28 | Voice of America

What’s Next for China’s Economy?

China’s economy shrunk from April to June compared to the first three months of the year.

2022/03/02 | East Asia Forum

Why Xi Jinping Is Still Willing To Wear the Costs of Zero-Covid

Surging cases, faltering health infrastructure, and a wave of self-isolation in China could produce more acute labor shortages and supply chain disruptions than zero-Covid.

2022/04/28 | Deutsche Welle

Philippines Elections: Why Are People Wearing Pink?

Colors have a great significance in Philippine elections. Pink is new on the scene, competing against the seasoned red, yellow, and blue.

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.

2022/06/15 | Global Voices

China’s Wavering Position on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Threatens Its Legacy at Home and Abroad

Beijing’s official policy has remained ambiguously in support of the Russian cause, but against its consequences.

2022/04/21 | East Asia Forum

Indonesia Is a Fence Sitter on the Russia–Ukraine Crisis

While Indonesia’s government avoided taking a stand on the war, public opinion tilted in favor of Russia.

2022/07/07 | The Interpreter

Under Pressure: Chinese International Graduates In a New China

Uncertainty about Covid, high unemployment rates, and shifting workforce expectations challenge China’s youth in 2022.

2022/04/26 | Voice of America

Philippines Presidential Election a Rematch Between Late Dictator’s Son, Democratic Leader

Marcos’s popularity is based on the nostalgia of alleged prosperity and the “golden age” of Filipino society during his father’s dictatorship in the 1980s. Political observers and disinformation researchers say his campaign is buoyed by a massive disinformation and propaganda network.

2022/05/13 | Voice of America

China Faces Grim Economic Prospects, Experts Say

Analysts say the slowdown is attributable not only to China’s Covid policies but also to a crackdown on private enterprise, especially in the technology sector.

2022/07/29 | Deutsche Welle

Is Japan’s Whaling Industry Going Under as Demand Sinks?

Japan’s whaling industry is struggling to stay afloat as government subsidies dwindle and consumers are less interested in what used to be a staple food on Japanese dinner tables.

2022/05/12 | Deutsche Welle

How Russia and China Exploit History to Further Their Interests

The arbitrariness in the way they deal with their own national history helps Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin secure power and justify their policies.

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.

2022/06/01 | East Asia Forum

As the World Sanctions Russia, China Takes Note

China’s reliance on the West and its capacity to withstand sanctions will be reduced if it has more control over the financial system. While it is working towards becoming less economically dependent on the West, it is not there yet.