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Thailand’s Comic Opera Continues

The growing lack of security and the Thai opposition's illegal occupation of Bangkok intersections and key government ministries are having a dire effect on the economy, with one major Japanese auto company, To...
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Mahathir Wing of UMNO Turns The Screws on Najib

Pressure is continuing to rise against Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, the latest in the form of an exclusive interview with Mahathir scion Mukhriz in the Malay-language newspaper Berita Harian Sunday expressing concern that the ruling national coali...
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The Paracel Islands Battle: 40 years later

This Jan.19, it will have been 40 years since China wrested control of the Paracel Islands from Vietnam, then South Vietnam. East of Vietnam and south of China’s Hainan Island, the Paracels remain a sore point ...
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Japan’s Abe Isn’t Placating the Right

When people ask why Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to worship at Yasukuni Shrine against the advice of most of his advisers, one of the most common answers is that he is placating his right-wing sup...
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India’s Latest Defense Scandal

Few eyebrows were raised when India was forced to scrap its US$770-million helicopter deal with Italian defense group Finmeccanica's AgustaWestland earlier this month. It was only the latest in a long and depressing litany of defense procurement scandals stret...
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Thailand’s Thaksin Thinks He Can Outlast the Protesters

Thaksin Shinawatra, the ousted premier who nonetheless has run Thailand for the past seven years through surrogates and guile, is like the Cheshire Cat. There is nothing for his enemies to pursue except his dis...
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China’s Neighborhood Bullying Increases

If anyone had any doubts about China’s aggressive attitudes towards its neighbors, they should be swept away by the Hainan provincial government’s demand that foreign fishing vessels must get its permission to ...
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Malaysia’s Najib Faces Party, Public Protest

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak enters 2014 beset by growing hostility from both the public and within his own political party, the United Malays National Organization, characterized by a deluge of New Year messages across cyberspace celebrating the “...
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Japan and Taiwan are ‘Stingy’ Balancers

There has been much commentary recently about the hikes in Japan’s defense budget. The rises, along with other measures and rhetorical stances taken by the Abe administration, are meant to show Japan’s resolve ...