South East Asia
By Ben McGrath, 24 June 2014
As part of its “pivot to Asia,” the US has deliberately stoked territorial disputes between China and its neighbours, including Vietnam.
By Dante Pastrana, 20 June 2014
An estimated 21 million students are crammed, in shifts, into buildings that are falling apart, lacking facilities, chairs, textbooks or even chalk.
By Joseph Santolan, 13 June 2014
As part of its “pivot to Asia”, the US is pressing Vietnam and the Philippines to challenge China in the South China Sea.
By Tom Peters, 13 June 2014
The Thai delegation to Beijing will be closely watched by Washington, which considers Thailand a key ally in its “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Ben McGrath, 7 June 2014
The UDD leaders fear unleashing any mass movement against the junta, as began to develop in 2010.
By Dante Pastrana, 5 June 2014
The Maoist KMU, which specialises in militant-sounding demagogy, has called no strike action by NXP workers.
By Ben McGrath, 3 June 2014
The military has deployed thousands of troops in Bangkok to crackdown on continuing small scale anti-coup protests.
By John Roberts, 3 June 2014
The two presidential candidates are backed by competing factions of the Jakarta military/business establishment formed during the Suharto dictatorship.
By Peter Symonds, 2 June 2014
Hagel’s speech was an open and unequivocal statement that the US intends to maintain its undisputed dominance in Asia.
By Ben McGrath, 2 June 2014
The incorporation of South Korea into the existing US “missile defence” with Japan would further inflame regional tensions.
Six months after Typhoon Haiyan
By Dante Pastrana, 2 June 2014
The tragedy of the Ocenar family is emblematic of the social devastation that has been inflicted on millions of Filipinos in the wake of the typhoon.
By Tom Peters, 30 May 2014
The junta has mobilised thousands of soldiers against anti-coup protests and continues to arrest opponents.
By Ben McGrath, 28 May 2014
The Democrat Party is using a merger with Ahn Cheol-soo’s political group to cover up its right-wing, pro-business agenda and avoid another humiliating election defeat.
By Tom Peters, 27 May 2014
King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed last week’s coup, declaring that it was necessary to restore “order.”
By Tom Peters, 23 May 2014
Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha formally seized power yesterday, suspended the constitution and detained members of the elected government.
By Peter Symonds, 23 May 2014
It is precisely Washington’s confrontation strategy in Asia as in Eastern Europe that is driving China and Russia into a closer relationship.
By Tom Peters, 20 May 2014
The military has intervened as part of a protracted campaign to oust the elected government.
By Peter Symonds, 16 May 2014
The protests follow Hanoi’s xenophobic campaign against a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 10 May 2014
What is taking place in Thailand is the sharpest expression of the turn to anti-democratic forms of rule throughout the region.
By Tom Peters, 9 May 2014
The National Anti-Corruption Commission ruling is another blow in the opposition campaign to oust the elected Pheu Thai government.
By Tom Peters, 8 May 2014
In an anti-democratic ruling, the Constitutional Court yesterday removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on trumped-up charges.
By Peter Symonds, 8 May 2014
The positioning of a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters has been the immediate trigger for a confrontation between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels.
By Tom Peters, 7 May 2014
The Constitutional Court could rule as early as today to convict Yingluck Shinawatra and bring down her government.
By Tom Peters, 2 May 2014
The air search has been replaced with an undersea survey in the southern Indian Ocean that is likely to take months.
By Joseph Santolan, 29 April 2014
Washington is moving to base US forces in the Philippines as a key step in its drive to militarily encircle China, as part of its ‘pivot’ to Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 26 April 2014
Obama is touring American allies in Asia, stoking up flashpoints, consolidating the US military encirclement of China and preparing for a new Pacific war.
By Will Morrow, 25 April 2014
The tragic deaths in an avalanche last Friday have highlighted the dangerous and exploitative conditions in which Sherpa work as mountain guides.
By Tom Peters, 25 April 2014
The opposition Democrat Party refused to attend talks to schedule a fresh election, amid ongoing efforts to overthrow the government.
By Peter Symonds, 12 April 2014
Hagel’s trip has been an emphatic declaration that the US will not back away from its “pivot to Asia” against China, even as its confrontation with Russia over Ukraine intensifies.
12 April 2014
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By Tom Peters, 10 April 2014
Russel indicated that the US does not oppose the opposition’s anti-democratic campaign to oust the Yingluck government.
By Tom Peters, 9 April 2014
The source of the signals detected in the Indian Ocean over the weekend has not been confirmed.
By Tom Peters, 5 April 2014
After annulling the February election, the Constitutional Court is considering a petition to dismiss the prime minister.
By Nick Beams, 4 April 2014
China experienced an expansion of credit unprecedented in world economic history—equivalent to the size of the entire US banking system.
One year after Rana Plaza collapse
By Sarath Kumara, 4 April 2014
A limited investigation shows that many garment factories are structurally unsound and lack basic fire protections.
By Joseph Santolan, 3 April 2014
The real author of this latest provocation is not Beijing or Manila, but Washington.
By John Roberts, 29 March 2014
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and other leading figures face jail and fines on trumped-up charges.
By Tom Peters, 29 March 2014
The Constitutional Court’s decision to annul last month’s election is a warning that the ruling classes throughout the region are dispensing with their democratic façade.
By Tom Peters, 25 March 2014
Malaysian authorities say analysis of satellite data shows the plane crashed, with no survivors, but no wreckage has been recovered.
By Tom Peters, 24 March 2014
The Constitutional Court’s blatantly anti-democratic ruling heightens the danger of a judicial coup.
By Tom Peters, 22 March 2014
Strategic rivalries and state secrecy continue to mar the search for MH370.
By Nick Beams, 21 March 2014
A senior US admiral invokes the Crimea crisis to accuse China of expansionism.
By Tom Peters, 20 March 2014
All the countries involved, including the US, India and Australia, are extremely reluctant to share information that could reveal their military capabilities.
By Nick Beams, 20 March 2014
Concerns about the property market point to wider problems in China’s economy and financial system.
By Peter Symonds, 17 March 2014
More than a week after MH370 disappeared, the questions surrounding its fate are only multiplying.
By Peter Symonds, 15 March 2014
Search operations are now focussed on areas of the Indian Ocean, hundreds of kilometres to the west of MH370’s last known position.
By Tom Peters, 15 March 2014
The Constitution Court vetoed a government spending bill and announced it will consider a petition to annul the February 2 election.
By Peter Symonds, 13 March 2014
The lack of clarity is compounded by the competing interests at stake—including those of Malaysia Airlines, Boeing and the various governments involved.
By Nick Beams, 12 March 2014
A sharp drop in the price of iron ore this week cast a shadow over global financial markets amid concerns about the state of the Chinese economy.
By Peter Symonds, 11 March 2014
All the sightings of debris and oil slicks have been discounted as having no connection to the vanished aircraft.
By John Roberts, 11 March 2014
The sodomy conviction follows clear support from Washington for Prime Minister Najib’s government.
By Peter Symonds, 10 March 2014
The lack of information has led to speculation about the aircraft’s sudden disappearance, including catastrophic mechanical failure, freak weather conditions and hijacking.
By John Roberts, 3 March 2014
Indonesia’s mineral export trade virtually ceased overnight after the 2009 ban on export of unprocessed ores came into effect.
By Tom Peters, 28 February 2014
The arrests indicate that sections of the military are actively participating in the anti-democratic campaign to overthrow the Yingluck government.
By Tom Peters, 26 February 2014
The opposition blamed the government for the deaths, but it has more to gain from violence that could provide the pretext for a military coup.
By Tom Peters, 21 February 2014
The civil court this week banned police from making any attempt to break up anti-government protests.
By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2014
What is underway—anti-government protests, legal challenges and a looming constitutional crisis—parallels the lead-up to the 2006 military coup.
By Oliver Campbell, 17 February 2014
The eruption last Thursday killed at least four people in Java’s densely populated east.
By Tom Peters, 15 February 2014
The subsidy scheme, which supports millions of farmers, will expire at the end of the month, further destabilising the Yingluck government.
By Tom Peters, 10 February 2014
The opposition is seeking to nullify the election, while anti-government protests continued in Bangkok last week.
By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2014
The denial of crimes such as the Rape of Nanking has only one meaning—it is the ideological preparation for new wars and new atrocities.
By Joseph Santolan, 8 February 2014
The move by the US State Department to challenge Beijing’s maritime territorial claim constitutes an escalation of Washington’s campaign against China.
By Dante Pastrana, 7 February 2014
Typhoon Haiyan and the lack of government assistance have compounded the social crisis in some of the country’s poorest areas.
By John Watanabe, 5 February 2014
The government stacked the NHK’s board with right-wing appointees to shift the public broadcaster’s political orientation.
By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2014
The Obama administration has seized on an insubstantial Asahi Shimbun article to stir up tensions with China over the South China Sea.
By Tom Peters, 3 February 2014
Yesterday’s blockades of voting stations demonstrated the government’s tenuous hold on power.
By Joseph Santolan, 1 February 2014
The attacks that left 52 dead give the lie to claims that the deal, brokered by US, and signed by the MILF and the Philippine government, is about establishing peace.
By Tom Peters, 31 January 2014
The ruling Puea Thai party will almost certainly win a majority of seats, but the election will not end the country’s political turmoil.
By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2014
Yingluck Shinawatra’s government has declared an emergency, but it is unclear whether it will be able to enforce its measures.
By Tom Peters, 18 January 2014
The explosion, which injured more than 30 people, is the latest in a series of attacks on ongoing anti-government protests.
By Tom Peters, 14 January 2014
Protest leaders say the blockade of major intersections will continue will continue until the government cancels planned elections and an unelected “people’s council” is installed.
By Tom Peters, 11 January 2014
Opposition leaders had vowed to "shut down" Bangkok in the latest effort to distrupt next month's elections and create the conditions for a military coup.
By John Roberts, 9 January 2014
The strike’s collapse followed a military police crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
By John Roberts, 6 January 2014
Following the killing of striking workers on Friday, the government broke up an opposition protest site in Freedom Park in Phnom Penh.
By John Roberts, 4 January 2014
Military police yesterday opened fire on protesting workers, killing at least four and wounding 21.
By Tom Peters, 28 December 2013
Amid a deepening political crisis, the Thai army chief yesterday refused to rule out a military seizure of power.
By John Roberts, 23 December 2013
The last Democrat election boycott in 2006 set the stage for a military coup against the present prime minister’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra.
By Mike Head, 20 December 2013
The Australian asserted that the tapping of the phones of President Yudhoyono and his closest associates was part of a legitimate strategy to monitor Jakarta’s ruling elite.
By John Roberts, 17 December 2013
The armed forces are far from united, with powerful military figures backing anti-government protesters.
By John Roberts, 13 December 2013
There is undoubted sympathy for the anti-government protesters in the upper echelons of the state bureaucracy, the police and military.
By Joseph Santolan, 10 December 2013
The immediate cause of Sunday’s riot was the death of Sakthivel Kumarvelu, an Indian migrant construction worker.
By Tom Peters, 10 December 2013
Protest leaders have rejected the election and are continuing their anti-democratic demand for a royally-appointed “people’s council”.
By John Roberts, 9 December 2013
Yingluck’s decision is designed to pre-empt further Democrat-backed protests.
By John Roberts, 29 November 2013
The protests are the latest stage in the feud between the country’s traditional elites and layers loyal to the billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra.
By John Roberts, 26 November 2013
Just two years after national elections, an amnesty bill has reignited bitter infighting among the country’s ruling elites.
By Peter Symonds, 22 November 2013
Indonesian president Yudhoyono has suspended military and intelligence sharing with Australia in a bid to contain widespread public anger at home.
By Mike Head, 16 November 2013
Despite Aquino’s claims that relief is arriving, millions of displaced people are desperately short of food, water, shelter and medical care.
By Peter Symonds, 15 November 2013
Global warming raises the chances of more intense storms, such as Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines.
By John Roberts, 9 November 2013
The minimum wage rises followed two days of strikes by hundreds of thousands of workers.
By Joseph Santolan, 8 November 2013
What makes this scandal potentially far more explosive than many previous ones is the geopolitical context in which it occurs.
By Joseph Santolan, 6 November 2013
In the wake of Obama’s no-show in South East Asia in October, a political opposition to Philippine President Aquino has taken shape driven by concerns over the souring relations with Beijing.
By Joseph Santolan, 2 November 2013
The credibility of the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” is being eroded throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
By Joseph Santolan, 30 October 2013
Behind a struggle over corrupt use of “pork barrel” funds, the ruling elite is fighting over the Philippines’ role in spearheading the US “pivot to Asia.”
By John Roberts, 28 October 2013
The trip was part of a diplomatic offensive by the Chinese leadership in South East Asia aimed at countering the US “pivot to Asia.”
By Joseph Santolan, 3 October 2013
Obama’s cancellation does not change Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia,” though it presents Washington with a crisis of credibility.
By John Roberts, 21 September 2013
The Bank of Indonesia foreshadowed harsh austerity measures to prepare for the end of “quantitative easing.”
By John Chan, 8 August 2013
China is resisting US pressure for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
By Therese Leclerc, 24 June 2013
Protests have erupted against the Indonesian government’s decision to implement a 44 percent increase in the price of oil.
By Peter Symonds, 3 June 2013
Obama’s “pivot” involves strengthening US military ties, as well as restructuring military forces, throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
By Joseph Santolan, 14 December 2012
Amid tensions with China, the Philippine foreign secretary said the government supported Japanese remilitarization as “a balancing factor”.