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Ongoing coverage of COVID–19 in Asia is brought to you by Diplomat Risk Intelligence, The Diplomat’s consulting and analysis division.

COVID-19: The Nail in the Coffin of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
September 28, 2020

COVID-19: The Nail in the Coffin of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

By Lee YingHui
Rejigging the BRI to focus on soft infrastructure projects in the digital and health sectors could help rejuvenate the initiative in a post-COVID world.

Hong Kong-Indonesian Couples Caught in the Middle Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
September 25, 2020

Hong Kong-Indonesian Couples Caught in the Middle Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

By Jason Hung
Plans for a travel bubble between Hong Kong and Indonesia have been put on hold, disappointing couples who have been left separated by closed borders.
Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Response Exposes Tashkent’s Reform Successes and Failures
September 25, 2020

Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Response Exposes Tashkent’s Reform Successes and Failures

By Benjamin Godwin
What does the coronavirus response say about the government’s ability to deliver on its ambitious reform program? 

COVID-19 Is Further Disenfranchising China’s Queer Youth
September 23, 2020

COVID-19 Is Further Disenfranchising China’s Queer Youth

By Lakshmi Iyengar and Yu Songqi
The pandemic and the ensuing need to quarantine, often with conservative family, poses unique issues for young LGBTQ+ Chinese.

The Riddle of COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia
September 22, 2020

The Riddle of COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
How much should we read into the fact that the region’s most robust democracies have fared the worst from the coronavirus? Probably not a lot.

Pakistan’s Fight Against COVID-19 Has Made Imran Khan Stronger
September 15, 2020

Pakistan’s Fight Against COVID-19 Has Made Imran Khan Stronger

By Syed Ali Zia Jaffery
By bringing the military in as a stakeholder as well as advocating a smart lockdown, Khan’s COVID-19 response has consolidated his hold on power.

Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991
September 14, 2020

Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991

By Joshua Mcdonald
After almost three decades of uninterrupted economic growth, Australia’s luck has run out thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recover Better Together: Taiwan Can Help
September 14, 2020

Recover Better Together: Taiwan Can Help

By Jaushieh Joseph Wu
“Working together for the greater good is how the world will defeat COVID-19,” Taiwan’s foreign minister writes – and Taiwan must be a part of that effort.

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Success Story Continues as Neighbors Fend Off New Outbreaks
September 11, 2020

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Success Story Continues as Neighbors Fend Off New Outbreaks

By Nick Aspinwall
Unlike countries like Vietnam and New Zealand, Taiwan has managed to keep its five-month streak of no local COVID-19 transmissions alive.

Racism Is Fueling Myanmar’s Deadly Second Wave of COVID-19
September 11, 2020

Racism Is Fueling Myanmar’s Deadly Second Wave of COVID-19

By Andrew Nachemson
Anti-migrant -- and especially anti-Rohingya and anti-Rakhine -- sentiments are undermining efforts to control the pandemic.

India’s Rich Prosper During the Pandemic While Its Poor Stand Precariously at the Edge
September 10, 2020

India’s Rich Prosper During the Pandemic While Its Poor Stand Precariously at the Edge

By Bansari Kamdar
COVID-19 is increasing India’s economic inequality – which was very high even before the pandemic.
Myanmar Election Campaign Opens Under the Shadow of COVID-19
September 08, 2020

Myanmar Election Campaign Opens Under the Shadow of COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
The virus is likely to have unpredictable impacts on the poll, Myanmar's second free election since its transition from military rule.

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