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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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COVID-19 Lockdown: India Needs Laws to Protect Domestic Workers 
May 23, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown: India Needs Laws to Protect Domestic Workers 

By Akanksha Khullar
The nationwide lockdown has aggravated the plight of domestic workers in India, and highlighted their lack of adequate rights.
Agile Governance Crushing COVID-19: Taiwan and South Korea
May 22, 2020

Agile Governance Crushing COVID-19: Taiwan and South Korea

By Mark Manantan
As leadership in global health governance remains in limbo, South Korea and Taiwan stand out with their nimbleness.

The New US-China Battlefield Over the COVID-19 Narrative: Poland
May 22, 2020

The New US-China Battlefield Over the COVID-19 Narrative: Poland

By Paulina Uznanska and Marian Fila
Largely via Twitter, the U.S. and Chinese ambassadors to Poland have engaged in a fierce debate over COVID-19.

K-Quarantine: The Condemnation or Resurgence of LGBTQ Rights in South Korea
May 22, 2020

K-Quarantine: The Condemnation or Resurgence of LGBTQ Rights in South Korea

By Britt Robinson
The latest case cluster in South Korea introduces a new, complicating, dynamic to its previously successful response model: homophobia.

The Disproportionate Effect of COVID-19 on Migrant Workers in ASEAN
May 22, 2020

The Disproportionate Effect of COVID-19 on Migrant Workers in ASEAN

By Camille Bismonte
Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam approached the intertwined issues of COVID-19 and migrant workers quite differently.
Managing the Coronavirus: What the World Can Learn From Asia-Pacific Responses
May 22, 2020

Managing the Coronavirus: What the World Can Learn From Asia-Pacific Responses

By Eik Swee
What are the dilemmas governments must navigate in responding to the pandemic?

Can the International Solar Alliance Truly Be India’s ‘Gift to the World’?
May 22, 2020

Can the International Solar Alliance Truly Be India’s ‘Gift to the World’?

By Zerin Osho
Solar-powered vaccine logistics may present an important opportunity for the ISA amid the global pandemic.
In Indonesia, Will COVID-19 Trigger Another Asian Financial Crisis?
May 21, 2020

In Indonesia, Will COVID-19 Trigger Another Asian Financial Crisis?

By James Guild
History may not repeat, but it does rhyme. 

In Malaysia, a Razor Thin Majority Rules During an Unprecedented Crisis
May 21, 2020

In Malaysia, a Razor Thin Majority Rules During an Unprecedented Crisis

By Harris Zainul and Ryan Chua
Muhyiddin’s consolidation of power comes simultaneously with the smallest majority in Malaysia’s democratic history. 

COVID-19: A Reckoning for Russia’s Asian Energy Aims
May 21, 2020

COVID-19: A Reckoning for Russia’s Asian Energy Aims

By Nicholas Trickett
As COVID-19 fundamentally disrupts the energy market, Russia’s economic reliance on China deepens without much prospect for future growth.

Is China Deploying COVID-19 Diplomacy to Speed BRI Projects in Myanmar?
May 20, 2020

Is China Deploying COVID-19 Diplomacy to Speed BRI Projects in Myanmar?

By Shah Suraj Bharat
At present, fears that China is using the pandemic to exert excessive pressure and push through BRI projects in Myanmar are exaggerated.
Walking the Tightrope: Privacy Risks in India’s Contact Tracing App
May 20, 2020

Walking the Tightrope: Privacy Risks in India’s Contact Tracing App

By Mohit Saini and Aakash Mehrotra
Created to fight the spread of COVID-19, India’s contact tracing app raises all kinds of privacy concerns.

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