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Mahathir’s Malaysian Mayhem

The relentless horse trading among Malay politicians has not only undone the result of the 2018 election, but seemingly put an end to a genuinely multi-ethnic coalition.

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China Vs. Indonesia: Intra-Asian Power Games

Beyond the constant strife with the U.S., China’s assertion of global powers runs into increasing resistance even by normally acquiescent Asian nations.

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India’s New Sense of Nation: Not a Hindu Thing

Media reports about India’s new citizenship rules and its impact on Muslim minorities swings between the tendentious, the comical and the absurd.

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India Has a Modi and a BJP Problem

Modi’s initiative is undermining the very idea of India as a secular and multicultural liberal society.

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Hong Kong: Past, Present, Future

An updated article collection on everything Hong Kong.

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Beyond Hong Kong: Unrest in Indonesia

The once reformist President Joko Widodo, now in his second term, gets swallowed up by the bureaucracy and overall Indonesian politics.

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Two Chinas: Hong Kong and Shanghai

The people of Hong Kong are fighting a very courageous battle against very long odds. Meanwhile, people in Shanghai live well under a Faustian bargain with the CCP.

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Southeast Asia: From Trade Wind to Typhoon

Trade brought prosperity to many of the trading sultanates which lined the coast of the archipelago and peninsula.

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Southeast Asia: Three Interventions

China’s rise, the spread of Islam and the arrival of Europeans had a profound effect on the region.

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Southeast Asia: Sumatra and Java in their Prime

Chinese Buddhists traveled to Sumatra to improve their learning before proceeding to India and Sri Lanka.

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