East, South Asia and Australasia

  • CHINA WILL NOT BUCKLE ON BELT AND ROAD

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Sri Lanka was forced to hand over a port to China – highlighting fears that other countries would find themselves caught a debt trap. Photo: AP Photo China will continue to push forward its plans for...
  • INDIA TAKES A LEAF FROM ISRAEL’S BOOK

    - Mar 16, 2019
    On Feb. 25, 11 days after a suicide bomber from the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad killed upwards of 40 soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Mirage 2000 fighter jets crossed into Pakistani airspace, marking the Indian military’s first incursion...
  • KREMLIN ABANDONS PLANS TO HAND KURIL ISLANDS TO JAPAN

    - Mar 16, 2019
    The Kremlin has reversed course in its negotiations to cede control of the disputed Kuril Islands to Japan, the RBC news website reported, citing unnamed sources. The row over the islands, which Soviet troops seized at...
  • ISLAMISM ON THE RISE IN THE MALDIVES

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Unabated Islamist radicalism in the Maldives poses a unique challenge to India’s security focused foreign policy. A December 2015 report by the Soufan Group – a private intelligence agency run by former FBI agent-turned contractor Ali Soufan –...
  • WHY IS THE WORLD SILENT ON CHINA’S UYGHUR MUSLIMS?

    - Jan 9, 2019
    Protesting against China over the treatment of its minority is, in the eyes of Muslim leaders, presumably not worth the loss of economic privilege and security alliance Ekraj Sabur and Reuben James Barrete In the age...
  • SOUTH EAST ASIA WARY OF CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

    - Jan 9, 2019
    SINGAPORE: Southeast Asian countries should be cautious in negotiating with China on its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to avoid being trapped in unsustainable debt, 70 percent of respondents said in a policy survey released...
  • MALAYSIA JOLTS CHINA’S ONE BELT, ONE ROAD

    - Oct 25, 2018
    The new Malaysian govt has pledged to review Chinese deals. Malaysia was once a loyal partner in China’s globe-spanning infrastructure drive, but a new government is now pledging to review Beijing-backed projects, threatening key links in...
  • THE US WILL LOSE ITS TRADE WAR WITH CHINA

    - Sep 26, 2018
    By ANATOLE KALETSKY LONDON – The United States cannot win its tariff war with China, regardless of what President Donald Trump says or does in the coming months. Trump believes that he has the upper hand...
  • THE UNTOLD STORY OF JAPAN’S SECRET SPY AGENCY

    - May 29, 2018
    Every week in Tokyo’s Ichigaya district, about three miles northeast of the bright neon lights and swarming crowds in the heart of Shibuya, a driver quietly parks a black sedan-style car outside a gray office building. Before...
  • MYANMAR: ARMY CHIEF DEFENDS TREATMENT OF ROHINGYA

    - May 14, 2018
    Myanmar’s army chief denied his forces committed rape and other sexual abuses during a crackdown he ordered on Rohingya Muslims, as he addressed UN Security Council delegates in the capital Naypyidaw. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing...