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Starting August 1, we will publish most of our stories behind a paywall.   The paid version of Asia Sentinel will offer at least five updates a week, including continued commentary and analysis from me (John Berthelsen) and Philip Bowring plus reportage from our longtime correspondents who are spread across the region, offering news, analysis and opinion on national and regional issues in Asia. If you do not want to subscribe, you will still have access to stories that we choose to make widely available, but you will not be getting the full Asia Sentinel experience.

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Thank you for all your support and readership so far. We are excited to enter this new phase of Asia Sentinel’s life, and we look forward to working for all of you.