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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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Myanmar’s High-Risk Election
October 17, 2020

Myanmar’s High-Risk Election

By Tom Fawthrop
Aung San Suu Kyi’s dangerous gamble to push ahead with a controversial election as a second wave of COVID-19 hits Myanmar hard. 
Why Bangladesh Must Let the Rohingya Speak for Themselves
October 16, 2020

Why Bangladesh Must Let the Rohingya Speak for Themselves

By Saad Hammadi
Any durable solution for the Rohingya will not come through more restrictions on their lives.

Can Apocalypse Be Dealt With?
October 14, 2020

Can Apocalypse Be Dealt With?

By Abhijnan Rej
A recent lecture by the head of Australia’s internal security raises interesting questions around responses to catastrophic risks.

North Korea’s No-Mask Military Parade Angers South Korea
October 13, 2020

North Korea’s No-Mask Military Parade Angers South Korea

By Tae-jun Kang
Apparently North Korea’s commitment to fighting COVID-19 – which saw a South Korean official killed in early October – has its limits.

Amid a Pandemic, Evictions Plague the Philippines 
October 09, 2020

Amid a Pandemic, Evictions Plague the Philippines 

By Michael Beltran
How can Filipinos, especially low-income families, stay at home when they are being forced into homelessness? 
COVID-19 Has Dimmed Xi’s Approval Ratings Abroad – But Not in China
October 09, 2020

COVID-19 Has Dimmed Xi’s Approval Ratings Abroad – But Not in China

By Sungmin Cho
Why have Chinese citizens shown even stronger support for Xi Jinping during the COVID-19 crisis?

How Did Chinese People React to Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis?
October 08, 2020

How Did Chinese People React to Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis?

By Hemant Adlakha
Chinese social media is abuzz with a debate on whether Trump’s diagnosis should elicit sympathy or satisfaction.
Sri Lanka Widens Curfew, Bans Gatherings as Virus Surges
October 08, 2020

Sri Lanka Widens Curfew, Bans Gatherings as Virus Surges

By Associated Press
An outbreak linked to a garment factory has infected more than 1,000 people, the biggest cluster yet in the country.

What Do South Koreans Think of Their Government’s COVID-19 Response?
October 07, 2020

What Do South Koreans Think of Their Government’s COVID-19 Response?

By Timothy S. Rich, Madelynn Einhorn, Andi Dahmer, and Isabel Eliassen
Early on, South Korea was touted as a model of COVID-19 containment. Does the public still approve of the government’s approach?

Amid Political Crisis, Malaysia Braces for Second Wave of COVID-19
October 06, 2020

Amid Political Crisis, Malaysia Braces for Second Wave of COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
As Prime Minister Muhyiddin enters self-quarantine, his nation grapples with a sudden rise in coronavirus infections.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Quarantines After Cabinet Minister Tests Positive for COVID-19
October 06, 2020

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Quarantines After Cabinet Minister Tests Positive for COVID-19

By Associated Press
Amid soaring cases, the Malaysian religious affairs minister has been hospitalized with the coronavirus.
South Korea Baffled by Stop-and-Search, Police Bus Walls During Protests
October 05, 2020

South Korea Baffled by Stop-and-Search, Police Bus Walls During Protests

By Tae-jun Kang
Moves to disrupt anti-government protests were justified as a COVID-19 response measure, but many suspect a darker motivation.

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