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Malaysian Cartoonist in the Crosshairs of Increasingly Repressive Government
April 30, 2021

Malaysian Cartoonist in the Crosshairs of Increasingly Repressive Government

By Sebastian Strangio
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has used the coronavirus pandemic as a pretext to arm himself with emergency powers and silence dissenting voices.
Duterte Hedges as China Challenges in the South China Sea
April 30, 2021

Duterte Hedges as China Challenges in the South China Sea

By Nick Aspinwall
Manila asserted its right to conduct military drills in the South China Sea, but President Duterte continues to approach the issue with caution.

China’s Paper Tiger Surveillance State
April 30, 2021

China’s Paper Tiger Surveillance State

By Isabel Ivanescu and Robert Carlson
The CCP's pervasive surveillance apparatus is a sign not of strength, but of fragility.

UK Deploys Aircraft Carrier in the Indian Ocean
April 30, 2021

UK Deploys Aircraft Carrier in the Indian Ocean

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The upcoming “global deployment” is intended to reinforce the U.K.’s tilt toward the Indo-Pacific region.

How the Biden Administration Can Support Taiwan
April 30, 2021

How the Biden Administration Can Support Taiwan

By Chip Gregson, Russell Hsiao, and Stephen Young
Deterring Chinese coercion will take a concerted effort across the economic, political, and military fronts.
Myanmar Junta’s Diplomatic Games Need Tough Response
April 30, 2021

Myanmar Junta’s Diplomatic Games Need Tough Response

By John Sifton
The ASEAN summit’s failings demonstrate that standard diplomatic protocols are insufficient to deal with the Myanmar leadership. 

America Must Become the Vaccine Arsenal of Democracy
April 30, 2021

America Must Become the Vaccine Arsenal of Democracy

By Joaquin Castro
The tragedy underway in India proves that the United States must leverage its full industrial and scientific capacity until the entire world is vaccinated.
Young Afghan Women, Grown Up Without Taliban, Dread Their Return
April 30, 2021

Young Afghan Women, Grown Up Without Taliban, Dread Their Return

By Kathy Gannon
“With the return of the Taliban, society will be transformed and ruined… Women will be sent into hiding.”

China-Germany Relations at the Crossroads
April 29, 2021

China-Germany Relations at the Crossroads

By Shannon Tiezzi
China tries to keep Germany a bright spot in its European relations, as an end to Angela Merkel’s lengthy tenure looms.

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Trade Blame for Cross-border Shelling
April 29, 2021

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Trade Blame for Cross-border Shelling

By Associated Press
Reportedly one Kyrgyz man has been killed in the clashes over a long-unsettled border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Xinjiang Cotton and the Shift in China’s Censorship Approach
April 29, 2021

Xinjiang Cotton and the Shift in China’s Censorship Approach

By Zoe Jordan
What makes China’s shifting strategy on Xinjiang information management unique is that in addition to traditional approach to censorship, there seems to be a shift to fill the censored silence with noise.
Pakistani Opposition’s Criticism of the Military Continues
April 29, 2021

Pakistani Opposition’s Criticism of the Military Continues

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan Democratic Movement leader Fazlur Rehman’s potshot at the army shows the opposition remains emboldened.

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