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India’s Modi and the BJP Crush Congress

India is about to experience its biggest-ever change of national politics and of government style and policies with the unprecedented country-wide landslide victory for Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party-le...
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Thai Military Says Knock Off the Violence

Thailand’s powerful military is clearly growing concerned about the rising tide of political violence in Bangkok, with Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha warning in an official statement that the carnage has to stop....
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China–Vietnam Oil Rig Confrontation: An Opportunity in Crisis

In a bid to assert its sovereignty in the South China Sea and gauge international response, China may have overplayed its hand. On May 2, the oil rig HD-981, owned and operated by the state-owned enterprise China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), pro...
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Indonesia’s Jokowi Joins Up with Golkar

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, shocked by April 9 legislative election results, on Tuesday joined forces with Golkar, the country’s second biggest political party. That erects a major ro...
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US Backs Away from South China Sea Confrontation

For a nation that is supposedly paying more attention to Asia and building relationships with old and new friends, the US response to recent Chinese moves against Vietnam and the Philippines has been mealy-mout...
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Modi’s Volunteers Flood Varanasi

If the number of volunteers working for an election campaign is any measure of likely success, Narendra Modi is romping home today to a tumultuous victory in the Hindus’ sacred city of Varanasi, where voting is taking place amid tight security at the end of fi...
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Yingluck’s Out. Now What, Thailand?

The court-ordered ouster of Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday opens a new and dangerous chapter in the implacable eight-year struggle between an amalgam of royalists, business...
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Endgame for the Gandhis?

India may well be looking at the end of the Gandhi dynasty. Countrywide opinion polls suggest that the 129-year-old Congress Party, India’s oldest, headed by the country’s most entrenched dynasty – will suffer ...
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Oz’s Abbott Crosses Indonesia Again

Australian foreign policy is in disarray with Prime Minister Tony Abbott again having infuriated Indonesia. At the same time, some Australian business groups are seeking to set their own foreign agenda to manipulate policy towards China to further their busine...
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Manila Gets Its US Protector Back

Way out in the South China Sea, a Philippine Air Force twin-engine Islander aircraft regularly drones out to drop parachutes bearing two dozen takeout meals for a Marine platoon stationed on a beached, dilapida...