Politics

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Taiwan’s Pork-barrel Politics and an Unwanted Road

Taiwanese environmentalists are nearing the crunch in their fight to stop a government plan to build an 85-kilometre expressway through some of the island’s last pristine territory. It will cost a who...
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China’s Priorities on Display

The debate at the National People's Congress (NPC), China's highest legislative body, over the country's first private property law spilled over into the public sphere at the NPC’s annual me...
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Bearding the Lion City

Not willing to be deterred, Chee Soon Juan, the oft-jailed head of the beleaguered opposition Singapore Democratic Party, is daring the International Bar Association to take on the Singapore government in i...
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Malaysia’s Losing Battle Against Corruption

An unappetizing stew of allegations against high-ranking politicians and top bureaucrats is eating away at Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Abdullah Badawi’s popularity. Many of the ingredients ema...
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Philippine Elections Under Fire

Under normal circumstances, when fire destroys a decrepit, decades-old building already condemned as a fire hazard, people might jump to the logical conclusion – this was a disaster waiting to happen....
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Suharto Scion’s Channel Islands Treasure Hunt

The shadowy world of offshore British financial hideaways is the latest battleground for efforts by Indonesians to come to terms with the legacy of their former dictator, Suharto, and his children. The ...
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What China Might Have Been

Speaking from the grave, a remarkable Chinese political figure is calling for drastic changes in the Communist Party, including the elimination of the post of party chief, the abolition of party branches ...
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Malaysian Mongolian Murder Figure gets a new trial date

In a highly unusual development that stunned legal observers, a Malaysian judge has abruptly ordered the potentially explosive murder trial of an influential political figure moved up by a full year and trans...
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A Corruption Trail Leads to Jiang Zemin

The headquarters of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) is an imposing, unmarked, carefully guarded 10-story building in west Beijing. It holds grim secrets for former Chinese Communist Party chie...
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Tracking the North Korean Supernote

As Chinese cities go, Dandong, on the border with North Korea in Liaoning province, is strictly small change. A place notable mostly for the Sino-North Korean “Friendship Bridge” which spans the Y...