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Beijing’s Tentacles Enwrap Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the latest target of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s combination of nationalism abroad and crackdown on dissent at home. A 14,000 word White Paper – a policy document – from the State Council on ... Read More...
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Mahathir Thwarts Sultan’s Power Grab

Malaysia’s aging former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had to act earlier this week to save Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak from embarrassing legislation that would have given the Sultan of Johor executive powe... Read More...
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US Myanmar Policy Stalls

United States policy toward Myanmar is regarded by many as one of the most important successes of President Barack Obama’s first term. US engagement played a critical role in lending momentum to political reform in the country. But US-Myanmar relations have ap... Read More...
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The Revenge of Jokowi

In the precinct of spin, the legion of public relations experts, analysts and advisors around former Gen. Prabowo Subianto seemed to have a pretty clear message the past few weeks: The one-time Suharto-era offi... Read More...
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New reality for Vietnam-China relations

The deployment of China’s HD 981 oil drilling rig is undoubtedly the most serious incident in Sino- Vietnamese relations since the normalization of ties in 1991.   What was considered a  positive relationshi... Read More...
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Asia Sentinel Honored at Top Press Awards

Asia Sentinel won a prestigious award for excellence in explanatory reporting on Wednesday from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) for four stories on the unfolding political crisis in Thailand. It is the second year in a row that Asia Sentinel has been ... Read More...
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China’s Corruption Crackdown Gets Serious

For anybody who believes the crackdown on Chinese corruption by President Xi Jinping was just for show, the numbers of those who have been disciplined or arrested so far are breathtaking. According to figures c... Read More...
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Hong Kong and Venality in High Places

The trial for corruption of the former number two official in the Hong Kong government is telling voters in vivid detail what they have long suspected: the unhealthily close relationship between officials and t... Read More...
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Modi Must Now Deliver What India Needs

Narendra Modi hasn’t put a foot wrong since he won a resounding victory in India’s general election on May 16, and was then sworn in as prime minister two weeks ago. Modi invited South Asian (and Mauritius) leaders to the swearing in and had meetings with t... Read More...
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Thai Generals Go After Exiles and Academics

The Thai Foreign Ministry in Bangkok has called home Thai ambassadors and consuls general from 22 countries in a bid to find ways to work with their host countries to repatriate academics and others critical of... Read More...