Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring is an Asia-based journalist, formerly the editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and columnist for the International Herald Tribune.

Balancing Asia: India Is Late to the Game

India sees the Belt and Road Initiative as an attempt to clip India’s own wings and build a China-centric world order.

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The Real Significance of the Rohingya Issue

Asian nations must worry that Myanmar’s moves against the Rohingyas won’t start untangling all colonial-era boundaries, however illogical in terms of ethnic or religious issues those may have been.

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Tillerson in Asia

With its short-term focus on what currently occupies the American mind (North Korea), the U.S. is actually playing into China’s hands in Asia.

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Hong Kong: China’s Elusive Jewel

Beijing’s approach to Hong Kong is part of the surge in Chinese nationalism engendered by economic success.

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Hong Kong: The West’s Last Colony

Hong Kong was the last significant Western colonial possession. Its handover to China marked the rise of Asia.

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Duterte of the Philippines: In the Footsteps of Ferdinand Marcos

Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao is a personal power grab that won’t make the Philippines safer.

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Chinese Showboating in World History

China’s Belt and Road initiative is eerily reminiscent of a 15th century Chinese vanity exercise.

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Trump’s Meddling in Asia

U.S. pressure on China to “do something” about North Korea results from the Trump team’s lack of regional knowledge.

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Duterte Is Getting More Desperate

More fumbles from the new Philippines president, who now picks on a distinguished woman senator to distract from himself.

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Malaysia and the Trump Connection

Will Donald Trump, in order to protect his golf buddy, have his administration close down the investigation into 1MDB?

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