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2017/05/25 | Dániel Balázs
China Hits Speed Wobbles Driving the Silk Road through Sri Lanka
'Beijing has already burnt itself in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos, where the public is becoming hostile to Chinese projects. Like a chain, the Belt and Road is as strong as its weakest link and public perceptions toward China can become an existential issue for Beijing’s ambitious initiative.'
2017/05/24 | Jason Hsu
OPINION: Time for Taiwan Lawmakers to Act on Gay Marriage Now
'I hope the government and my fellow legislators can face this issue directly and fearlessly, rather than avoid it.'
2017/05/24 | Robert Taylor
Rise of the Yuan: China’s Overseas Investment Proceeds Apace
Chinese overseas investment is facing both opportunities and challenges. The Chinese leaders are projecting their country as the upholder and proponent of a global economic order in which they seek paramountcy.
2017/05/24 | Moushumi Basu
Two to Tango: Skewed Sex Ratio Spells Danger for Rhinos in India
Although the numbers of rhinos are still increasing, when it comes to long-term viability, having more males than females could be as a big a threat as poaching.
Book Review: 'Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion'
Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion is a useful ensemble of works that can inform readers and enrich other studies of Myanmar. It
2017/05/24 | George Quinn
Holy Places and Unholy Politics in Jakarta
A sideshow to the greater narrative of Ahok’s defeat and subsequent conviction for blasphemy, but it lifts a corner of the curtain that hides unexpected intricacies and paradoxes in Indonesia’s polarizing politics of religion.
China’s One-Way Trade Street
Rather than a regional trade agreement, China’s Belt and Road strategy is an extension of Beijing’s economic policy in foreign lands, Tristan Kenderdine writes.
2017/05/22 | Phelim Kine
OPINION: Indonesia, Please Stop Public Flogging of Gay Men
The president should denounce punishment of 85 lashes for ‘sodomy’ in Aceh, writes Phelim Kine.
2017/05/22 | Angela Han
Cold Shoulder: Why Beijing Snubbed Singapore at the Belt and Road Summit
Beijing did not invite Singapore's Prime Minister to attend the Belt and Road event in Beijing this week, signifying strain in sino-Singapore relations.
2017/05/22 | Bingqin Li
China's Social System Reform is Going Nowhere
China’s hukou (household registration) system is often criticized for hindering the free movement of labor and creating inequality. In recent years the hukou system has undergone considerable reform. But is this enough to turn around the trends in China’s regional inequality?
2017/05/21 | Shreya Dasgupta
Smuggler's Paradise: Hundreds of Tortoises Seized in Malaysia
The tortoises included 325 critically endangered Radiated tortoises and five critically endangered Ploughshare tortoises.
2017/05/21 | Simon Chadwick
European Clubs Search for the Goal in China’s Football Frontier
Collaboration is key for Europe’s football giants if they want to be on the winning side in China, Simon Chadwick writes.
Murky Waters: Stop Blaming China for the State of the World’s Fishing Stocks
China might be the biggest player in global fishing, but Western countries are also in deep water when it comes to industry rights abuses and environmental damage, Siddharth Chakravarty writes.