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Mike Pompeo in Indonesia with a clenched fist

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 27/10/2020 - 5:56am in

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Asia, China

The day after US State Secretary Mike Pompeo announced he’ll be visiting India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia this month to try and keep the Indian Ocean nations on side, his rival for the region’s attention was making its … Continue reading →

The dangers of excessive foreign policy zeal in dealing with China.

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 26/10/2020 - 5:55am in

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Asia

We have displayed excessive zeal in embarking on wholesale policing of university agreements with foreign institutions, in the highly publicised raids on a third-tier Labor politician in Sydney who has no access to issues relevant to our national security, in … Continue reading →

Securing an ‘Asian NATO’ or destabilising Korea relations? (EAF Oct 15, 2020)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 25/10/2020 - 5:44am in

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Asia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo intended to meet his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha on 7 October. But the visit was cancelled after US President Donald Trump contracted Covid-19. He was expected to discuss prospects of South Korea deepening … Continue reading →

Protests against Indonesian economic reform: stability and a minimum wage have gone

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 5:55am in

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Asia, Politics

Indonesian President Joko Widodo wants to snare foreign investors. They’re a wary lot. Though excited by big markets and the chance of bigger returns, they’re fearful of losing fortunes, and with good reason: Risk. Indonesia’s ranking in the World Bank’s … Continue reading →

Forgotten East Timor: Island, principles, people

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 22/10/2020 - 5:50am in

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Asia, Politics

Did Gough Whitlam greenlight Indonesia’s violent seizure of East Timor in 1975? The invasion and 24-year occupation took the lives of up to 300,000 people in a population of 650,000 living on a wretchedly poor leftover from European colonisation. After … Continue reading →

Thailand’s political fault lines grow

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 21/10/2020 - 6:05am in

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Asia

The Bangkok student demonstrations over the past few weeks represent another of the manifestations of discontent about Thai governance, which, over the past couple of generations, have burst through the fault lines of the Thai polity. The reasons for these … Continue reading →

Trump pressures South Korea over China

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 20/10/2020 - 5:58am in

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Asia, Politics

When most around the world had battened down the hatches for a rough ride through the last days of the US Presidential election campaign, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has become seriously preoccupied again with the Trump administration. In this … Continue reading →

Japan’s New Leader, Suga Yoshihide, Will Maintain the Old Regime (Jacobin Sep 27, 2020)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 18/10/2020 - 5:04am in

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Asia

Suga Yoshihide, longtime aide to Abe Shinzo, has now replaced him as Japan’s prime minister. Suga will preserve the main features of Abe’s long stint in power: creeping militarism, subordination to the US, and a high-handed approach to political opposition. … Continue reading →

Asian voice: Wang Gungwu (East Asia Forum Oct 9, 2020)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 18/10/2020 - 5:02am in

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Asia

Against the backdrop of the current tension between China and the United States, Wang Gungwu’s contribution to mutual understanding between East and West is more essential now than ever. Wang Gungwu is among the most prominent China scholars in modern times. Born … Continue reading →

The comeback kid heads to Washington

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 5:56am in

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Asia

Champions of Donald Trump’s style of politics will warm to Prabowo Subianto. They’ll understand why Washington is forgetting Indonesia’s Defence Minister was once banned from the US and Australia for alleged human rights abuses, and get onside with another tough. … Continue reading →

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