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Explaining Indonesia’s lopsided treatment of its two ‘strategic partners’ – Australia and China
Indonesia analyst David Engel asks whether Jakarta is exercising double standards in its cool reception of AUKUS.
We need to separate views of China from ethnicity
Australia and Canada are Western middle-power democracies and US allies that struggle to manage relations with an increasingly assertive and powerful PRC. This is causing unnecessary hardship for Chinese Australians and Canadians, writes Ciara Morris.
China's risky business crackdown
China’s crackdown on certain large corporation and business sectors, could prove counterproductive by deterring innovation and private-sector risk taking, writes former Indian central bank chief Raghuram Rajan.
The bamboo breaks: Thailand's diplomatic challenge
Despite Thailand’s status as America’s “oldest ally” in Asia, a combination of external and internal forces has been drawing Bangkok closer to Beijing. Jittapat Poonkham argues that for Thailand to retain its autonomy, a new activist foreign policy model is necessary in which it exercises greater leadership through regional diplomatic innovation and advocacy.
The Olympic-size difference between India and China
There is more to the comparison of Olympic medal tallies than sport prowess, writes Shashi Tharoor. In the case of India and China, it highlights the reality of two very different systems – the “creative chaos” of Bollywood versus the “choreographed precision” of authoritarian rule.