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Vietnam Signs Cuban COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Deal
September 21, 2021

Vietnam Signs Cuban COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Deal

By Sebastian Strangio
The deal will see Vietnam purchase 10 million doses of the communist state's homegrown Abdala vaccine.
Taiwanese Presidents Will Not and Can Not Unilaterally Change Taiwan’s Status
September 21, 2021

Taiwanese Presidents Will Not and Can Not Unilaterally Change Taiwan’s Status

By Brian Hioe and Lev Nachman
A single leader cannot make Taiwan independent or unify it with the People Republic of China. Even trying either course would be political suicide.

Anti-China Sentiment and South Korea’s Presidential Race
September 21, 2021

Anti-China Sentiment and South Korea’s Presidential Race

By Thomas Chan and Seong Hyeon Choi
How will souring perceptions of China affect South Korea’s next election and its future foreign policy?

Philippine Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao Enters the Presidential Ring
September 20, 2021

Philippine Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao Enters the Presidential Ring

By Sebastian Strangio
Pacquiao's candidacy threatens to spoil President Duterte's hopes for a smooth transition to an anointed successor.

In Southeast Asia, Privatized Vaccination Schemes Gain Traction
September 20, 2021

In Southeast Asia, Privatized Vaccination Schemes Gain Traction

By Simon Tran Hudes and Estey Chen
Governments struggling with under-capacity have turned to the private sector for assistance in distributing vaccines.
Party Politicking Backfires on Nepal’s PM Deuba
September 17, 2021

Party Politicking Backfires on Nepal’s PM Deuba

By Arun Budhathoki
An ordinance that the Nepali prime minister introduced recently to ease the splitting of parties is proving counterproductive.

The Forgotten Vaccine: Russia’s Sputnik V in Thailand and Southeast Asia
September 17, 2021

The Forgotten Vaccine: Russia’s Sputnik V in Thailand and Southeast Asia

By Tita Sanglee
Despite all the hype and promises, Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has made few inroads in Southeast Asia.
Rural Affairs Specialist Han Jun Likely to Ascend to Vice Premier in 2022
September 17, 2021

Rural Affairs Specialist Han Jun Likely to Ascend to Vice Premier in 2022

By Tristan Kenderdine
Han Jun’s elevation to Jilin governor puts this rural policy careerist in strong contention for one of four State Council vice premier positions in 2022.

‘Red Roulette’: Tell-All Book Reveals the Dark Underbelly of China’s Gilded Age
September 17, 2021

‘Red Roulette’: Tell-All Book Reveals the Dark Underbelly of China’s Gilded Age

By Lizzi C. Lee
Beneath Desmond Shum’s deeply personal memoir about corruption and wealth, we can glimpse the profound political and economic tectonic shifts that foreshadowed Xi Jinping’s second term of office.

Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations
September 16, 2021

Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations

By Sapni G K and Mihir Mahajan
China’s restrictions on recommendation algorithms fill a gap in global regulations. Not coincidentally, though, they also serve to extend Chinese state control over internet-based services.

Rethinking Social Protection Programs: Cambodian Migrant Workers Deserve Better
September 16, 2021

Rethinking Social Protection Programs: Cambodian Migrant Workers Deserve Better

By Try Sophea
COVID-19 has imposed a particularly heavy burden on Southeast Asia's thousands of undocumented migrant workers.
ICC Authorizes Investigation Into Philippines’ ‘Drug War’ Killings
September 16, 2021

ICC Authorizes Investigation Into Philippines’ ‘Drug War’ Killings

By Sebastian Strangio
Judges say that the “specific legal element of the crime against humanity of murder” has been met in the sanguinary crackdown.

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