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Ahead of UN Vote, Vanuatu Says: We Must Fight for Climate Justice

If we value human rights and the rule of law, then we must fight for climate justice, argue Vanuatu's foreign minister and the Commonwealth's secretary-general.

24 Mar 2023 8:03 pm
Upgraded Philippines-USMilitaryCooperation May Cause a Setback in China-Philippines Relations

Beijing is paying close attention to the rapid developments in the Philippines-U.S. alliance, and China is not happy with what it sees.

24 Mar 2023 7:59 pm
The AUKUS Partners Explain Their Phased Approach. What Are the Risks?

The three partners have explained how the submarine cooperation initiative will move ahead. What are the risks?

24 Mar 2023 7:58 pm
North Korea Says It Tested New Underwater Nuclear Attack System

North Korea said it tested a new unmanned underwater nuclear attack craft as the South Korea-U.S. drills drew to a close.

24 Mar 2023 7:01 pm
Opposition Leader Rahul Gandhi Loses Seat in Indian Parliament

His disqualification is a setback to his Congress party. But can Gandhi turn things to his party's advantage?

24 Mar 2023 6:36 pm
This Week in Asia: March 24, 2023

The Diplomats weekly video round-up of Asia news.

24 Mar 2023 6:26 pm
The Case of Guo Wengui: How Anti-China Fake News Thrives in the West

Unscrupulous individuals who frame themselves as persecuted dissidents can easily deceive a media environment poised to believe any negative story about China.

23 Mar 2023 10:36 pm
What Are Australias Plans for the Indigenous Voice?

Australia is planning a constitutional referendum on creating an Indigenous Voice in Parliament, but the move has generated controversy.

23 Mar 2023 8:25 pm
A Chinese Businessman on Doing Business Inside North Korea

North Korea doesnt have a stable political environment for foreigners to do business in, but because wages are so low, doing business there is worth a try, the businessman told Daily NK.

23 Mar 2023 7:21 pm
Chinas Grip on Mongolias Quest for Spiritual Leadership

The search for the next Jebtsundamba Khutuktu is being complicated by Beijings desire to assert control over Tibetan Buddhism even outside Chinas borders.

23 Mar 2023 7:03 pm
Once Again, Teesta River Issue Roils Bangladesh-India Relations

India is planning two additional canals that will draw water from the transboundary river, impacting water flows to Bangladesh.

23 Mar 2023 6:54 pm
India Must Protect the 150 Million Women in the Informal Sector

From sexual harassment protections to childcare and social security, women in Indias informal sector are often left outside the scope of government policies.

23 Mar 2023 6:32 pm
Indonesian Parliament Passes Emergency Jobs Regulation

The regulation, which intends to make Indonesia a more attractive destination for foreign investment, has been staunchly opposed by unions and environmental groups.

23 Mar 2023 9:51 am
India Police Hunt Sikh Leader, Arrest Separatist Supporters

Indian police say they have arrested over 150 supporters of Amritpal Singh, but the separatist leader himself remains at large.

22 Mar 2023 8:12 pm
A Reality Check on China-US Decoupling

Decoupling rhetoric masks the fact that the United States and China play very different economic roles in East Asia and possess very different sources of economic power.

22 Mar 2023 7:09 pm
Kishidas India Trip: A Reiteration of Strong India-Japan Ties

India and Japans shared concerns about China are a key driver of their growing relationship.

21 Mar 2023 11:28 pm
China in Russia, Japan in Ukraine: Asian Powers Enter International Diplomacy

Understanding the meaning of the dueling trips requires a closer look at the larger context of China and Japans recent international diplomatic efforts.

21 Mar 2023 10:27 pm
Japans Kishida Offers Ukraine Support as Chinas Xi Backs Russia

While Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Moscow, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio made a surprise visit to Kyiv.

21 Mar 2023 8:17 pm
What Does Xi Jinpings Third Term Mean for China-Mongolia Relations?

Since Xi assumed office, Mongolia has seen three different president, but the overall trajectory of the relationship has remained stable.

21 Mar 2023 7:52 pm
South Korea Will Stay Out of a Taiwan Strait War

There is good reason to think South Korea would limit its support to actions near the low end of the spectrum.

21 Mar 2023 6:55 pm
Why Chinas Xi Jinping Is Visiting Russia

If the United States and the West hope to resolve the Ukrainian crisis they should support Chinas proposals for peace.

21 Mar 2023 6:33 pm
India-Japan Relations: Out of the Shadow of Ukraine

Amid fractured global politics, Kishidas visit to New Delhi proved how crucial India in for Japans Indo-Pacific strategy.

21 Mar 2023 6:07 pm
IMF to Assess Sri Lankan Governance as Part of $3 Billion Bailout

The country has the dubious distinction of being the first Asian country to face scrutiny for corruption as part of a bailout program.

21 Mar 2023 4:28 pm
Southeast Asias Post-Pandemic Tourism Revival

Regional tourism is finally rebounding from the impacts of COVID-19. Will Southeast Asian government do things differently this time around?

21 Mar 2023 10:16 am