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Aiding India in crisis
India is facing a humanitarian crisis from COVID-19. John McCarthy, a former high commissioner to New Delhi, says Australia must do its share to help with vitally needed supplies and allow Australians there to come home – even if it stretches our own resources.
Japan is facing a fourth COVID wave and sluggish vaccine rollout. Will it be ready for the Olympics?
With COVID-19 case numbers once again rising, and a sluggish vaccine rollout hampering efforts to contain the virus, Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is under intense pressure to deliver a COVID-safe Olympics, writes Craig Mark.
The Philippines’ vexed vaccine rollout
The Philippines’ battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is plagued by supply and demand-side problems, writes Malcolm Cook.
Sliding Toward a Less Orderly World
The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) has launched its Regional Security Outlook for 2021. Editor, Prof. Ron Huisken, kicks off the series with an assessment of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on regional security.
Australia’s A$1.5 billion COVID-related loan to Indonesia
The Australian Government has unexpectedly announced that Australia will make a $ 1.5 billion COVID-related support loan to Indonesia. Australia’s assistance program to Indonesia has lagged somewhat in recent years. Indeed, the fall in support to Indonesia had begun to attract comment. But in one stroke, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s announcement late last week significantly strengthened Australia’s economic diplomacy in Southeast Asia, writes Peter McCawley.