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China’s Gamblers Flee Overseas

When Chinese President Xi Jinping began his crackdown on corruption in late 2012, it was clear that the gambling spa of Macau was going to be collateral damage, packed as it was by cadres with cash, bearing b...
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China Moves to De-Risk Local Government Debt

China today ordered the biggest debt swap in the country’s financial history, to replace opaque, off-balance sheet local government debt with standardized provincial government bonds, hopefully alleviating th...
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Myanmar: The More Things Change…

After violent crackdowns on student protests in Burma have attracted worldwide condemnation, many are no doubt wondering whether the country’s much vaunted political reforms are back to square one.  The Intern...
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South Korean Democracy: Crisis Coming?

South Korean democracy is a paradox. Unlike many other young democracies in Asia and other parts of the world, it is characterized by relative stability, a working judiciary and, with a few striking exception...
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Canadian Legislation Annoys Hanoi

A bill introduced in the Canadian Senate to commemorate the struggle that began for refugees on the day Vietnam fell to the communists is generating friction between Hanoi and Ottawa. Prime Minister Nguyen Ta...
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Malaysian PM Najib Takes on his Critics

Under severe fire from factions within his United Malays National Organization and from outside by the opposition Pakatan Rakyat, Malaysian Prime Minister has gone on the offensive to seek to keep his job, mars...
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Indonesian Executions Push Sovereignty Claim

Indonesia’s decision to kill convicted drug offenders – six already died in January with more scheduled to face the firing squad soon – has set off a diplomatic storm from Brazil to France to the Netherlands ...
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Opinion: Western Arrogance in Indonesian Courts

The death penalty has been shown to have little deterrent effect and will always be vulnerable to miscarriages of justice. Likewise, laws against drugs tend to generate more crime in the form of protection rack...
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China Profits in Thailand as US Watches

Throughout US global wars against communism, drugs and terrorism, Thailand has been an indispensable strategic partner. But the recent sharp deterioration in ties was evident in January when Thailand’s Foreig...