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January 25, 2010
Clash
as has our Southeast Asia correspondent Luke Hunt. The potential dangers were made clear in a clash between the two countries’ militaries early Sunday near the disputed site of Preah Vihar Temple.Thai Prime Minister Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva p
Clash
January 22, 2010
Victory at all Costs?
The Diplomat contributor Sergei DeSilva is finishing up a piece for us on the aftermath of the Sri Lankan government’s victory over the Tamil Tigers ahead of the election taking place next week.But in the meantime, it seems, the government is still s
Victory at all Costs?
January 21, 2010
Kabul Aftermath
Following the militant attacks on Kabul earlier this week, I asked Animesh Roul, Executive Director (Research) of the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict in New Delhi and a regular contributor to Counterterrorism Blog what kind of impact the
Kabul Aftermath
January 20, 2010
What's a Superpower?
One of the debates that’s been going on among readers of Minxin Pei’s piece ‘China’s not a Superpower’ over on our APAC 2020 feature has been how exactly to define a superpower. Is it just about military or economic strength, for example, or do you n
What's a Superpower?
January 19, 2010
Wishful Thinking
The audacious attacks claimed by the Taliban yesterday in Kabul, targeting shopping centres, government buildings and a hotel, claimed several lives, with several dozen more people injured. But the psychological impact is likely to be far more powerf
Wishful Thinking
January 18, 2010
Out of Sight.
I talked at the time about the massacre that claimed dozens of lives in the southern Philippines in November. One of the inevitable consequences of the 24-hour news cycle is that once the horrific pictures have been screened and the death toll finali
Out of Sight.
January 15, 2010
Saint Google?
China’s Internet is open. Except when it isn’t.  China’s foreign ministry made the first claim Thursday following Google’s suggestion this week that it might pull out of China. But as I’ve said previously, the conflicting reality to these statem
Saint Google?
January 14, 2010
Jakarta: Not Here Thanks!
In a footnote to my entry Tuesday I mentioned that China had overtaken Germany to become the world’s largest exporter. The news comes on the back of the implementation of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area agreement, which went into effect January 1.But
Jakarta: Not Here Thanks!
January 13, 2010
BJP Blues
I wrote a couple of months back about how it was going to be interesting watching India’s Bharatiya Janata Party try and bounce back from its electoral thumping at the hands of the Congress Party last May. Well, since then, the BJP has selected a new
BJP Blues
January 12, 2010
JAL's Hard Landing
It’s always big news when a national airline goes bankrupt, and especially so in an economy the size of Japan’s. But one of the interesting things in the case of Japan Airlines is what it might be saying about a shift in the government’s strategy.As
JAL's Hard Landing
January 08, 2010
Dragon's Smile Slips
Two interesting, related articles I came across today–one an analysis one a news item. The first was a piece’ >a piece in the Economist’s Banyan column, looking at how China’s smiling diplomacy is starting to look a little strained. It essentially m
Dragon's Smile Slips
January 07, 2010
The A Word
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak may profess to have a vision of ‘One Malaysia,’ but it’s looking like an increasingly strange interpretation of harmony and unity. Supposedly (depending on who you listen to) secular Malaysia has a majority Muslim
The A Word
January 06, 2010
Border Tensions
I mentioned late last month the importance of China-Pakistan ties and their implications for India. So it’s worth also mentioning growing defence ties between India and Russia. Asian Defence has an interesting post on an Indian delegation to Siberia
Border Tensions
January 05, 2010
New Year's Resolutions
First of all, a Happy New Year to all of our readers. We have some exciting plans for The Diplomat this year, including changes to the site to better accommodate our growing network of correspondents and contributors, as well two blogs on APAC’s two
New Year's Resolutions
December 28, 2009
Getting Closer
One of the most interesting relationships in the Asia-Pacific is that between China and Pakistan. Ties between the two tend to get overlooked, with much of the focus of Pakistan-related commentary falling on its ties with the United States. But a rep
Getting Closer
December 25, 2009
Economics First
Trying to think of something Christmas appropriate that didn’t have a painfully tenuous link to Asia-Pacific news was a little difficult, but I think I’ve managed.Actually the story underscores a more general point that numerous commentators and anal
Economics First
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