East, South Asia and Australasia

  • HONG KONGERS BREAK BEIJING’S DELUSIONS

    - Dec 3, 2019
    The authorities were so confident of elections going their way that state media filed copy in advance. BY JAMES PALMER Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, attends the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing’s...
  • COPY CAT PROTEST ON CHINESE MAINLAND

    - Dec 3, 2019
    Slogans of Hong Kong’s democratic movement have been reportedly heard at protests in a Chinese city 60 miles to the west. According to Hong Kong-based Apple Daily—a vocal supporter of the democracy campaign in Hong Kong—chants of “Liberate...
  • THE HINDU HARDLINER WHO COULD REPLACE MODI

    - Dec 3, 2019
    A cut-out of Amit Shah in a store selling election merchandise in New Delhi, Feb. 2019. Fresh off a resounding re-election victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined other lawmakers in India’s colonial-era parliament to applaud the man to his right....
  • CHINESE LOSES OUT TO US IN MALAYSIA

    - Dec 3, 2019
    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — Chinese investments into Malaysia halved to US$1.7 billion in the first nine months of the year from a year ago, though US investments soared seven times to US$5.9 billion — reflecting...
  • CHINA’S CHILLING CRACKDOWN ON MUSLIMS EXPOSED

    - Dec 2, 2019
    By Sophie Richardson, China Director, Human Rights Watch “I’m sure that you will support them, because this is for their own good…and also for your own good.” This was one of the lines officials were instructed...
  • CHINA WILL NOT BUCKLE ON BELT AND ROAD

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Sri Lanka was forced to hand over a port to China – highlighting fears that other countries would find themselves caught a debt trap. Photo: AP Photo China will continue to push forward its plans for...
  • INDIA TAKES A LEAF FROM ISRAEL’S BOOK

    - Mar 16, 2019
    On Feb. 25, 11 days after a suicide bomber from the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad killed upwards of 40 soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Mirage 2000 fighter jets crossed into Pakistani airspace, marking the Indian military’s first incursion...
  • KREMLIN ABANDONS PLANS TO HAND KURIL ISLANDS TO JAPAN

    - Mar 16, 2019
    The Kremlin has reversed course in its negotiations to cede control of the disputed Kuril Islands to Japan, the RBC news website reported, citing unnamed sources. The row over the islands, which Soviet troops seized at...
  • ISLAMISM ON THE RISE IN THE MALDIVES

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Unabated Islamist radicalism in the Maldives poses a unique challenge to India’s security focused foreign policy. A December 2015 report by the Soufan Group – a private intelligence agency run by former FBI agent-turned contractor Ali Soufan –...
  • WHY IS THE WORLD SILENT ON CHINA’S UYGHUR MUSLIMS?

    - Jan 9, 2019
    Protesting against China over the treatment of its minority is, in the eyes of Muslim leaders, presumably not worth the loss of economic privilege and security alliance Ekraj Sabur and Reuben James Barrete In the age...