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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.

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Taiwan Tightens Pandemic Measures After First Local COVID-19 Case Since April
January 01, 2021

Taiwan Tightens Pandemic Measures After First Local COVID-19 Case Since April

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan is tightening borders as a new, more contagious variant of COVID-19 spreads around the world.
The Asia-Pacific in 2021: What to Expect
January 01, 2021

The Asia-Pacific in 2021: What to Expect

By The Diplomat
The Diplomat looks at the trends to watch across the region in the coming year.

China Clamps Down in Hidden Hunt for Coronavirus Origins
December 31, 2020

China Clamps Down in Hidden Hunt for Coronavirus Origins

By Associated Press
China’s government is only allowing hand-picked research teams to look into the origins of COVID-19 – and keeping tight control over any findings.

Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting
December 29, 2020

Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung
Kim Jong Un is grappling with the toughest challenges of his nine-year rule as he prepares to host the ruling Workers’ Party congress in January.

A Deadly and Disastrous 2020 for the Philippines
December 28, 2020

A Deadly and Disastrous 2020 for the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
Guilty or not for exacerbating the suffering of Filipinos in 2020, Duterte is facing potentially tougher challenges in 2021.
5 Books to Understand 2020
December 24, 2020

5 Books to Understand 2020

By Abhijnan Rej
Geopolitical tensions on top of a pandemic has made 2020 a turning point for many countries. Here are five books to understand the year better – and what the future may hold.

After Months of Calm, Thailand Grapples with Virus Outbreak
December 24, 2020

After Months of Calm, Thailand Grapples with Virus Outbreak

By Associated Press
The surge of cases in Samut Sakhon province threatens to undo months of efforts to contain the virus and hasten recovery of Thailand's ailing economy. 
Displaced, Stranded, Unprotected: ASEAN’s Migrant Workers
December 23, 2020

Displaced, Stranded, Unprotected: ASEAN’s Migrant Workers

By Geoffrey Ducanes, Puja Dutta and Nicola Nixon
The case for greater cooperation in the protection of ASEAN’s migrant workers.

The Lesson of 2020? Security Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does
December 23, 2020

The Lesson of 2020? Security Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

By Jacob Parakilas
And science and technology will only take us so far when it comes to future threats, conventional or otherwise.

Part-time Workers in South Korea Out of Luck
December 22, 2020

Part-time Workers in South Korea Out of Luck

By Mitch Shin
With the number of new cases rising, employers are asking part-time workers to furlough indefinitely. 

What Do Chinese People Think of Developed Countries?
December 18, 2020

What Do Chinese People Think of Developed Countries?

By Adam Y. Liu, Xiaojun Li, and Songying Fang
Perceptions of China have darkened in the United States and much of Europe. Are those feelings mutual?
The New Poor: ASEAN Tackles the Challenge of Rising Inequalities 
December 17, 2020

The New Poor: ASEAN Tackles the Challenge of Rising Inequalities 

By Puja Dutta, Deepali Khanna and Nicola Nixon
The pandemic worsened an already precarious situation for many largely due to gaps in social protection systems.

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