East, South Asia and Australasia

  • 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...
  • MALAYSIA JOLTS CHINA’S ONE BELT, ONE ROAD

    - Jun 20, 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 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...
  • MALAYSIA: WILL MAHATHIR DUMP ANWAR?

    - May 14, 2018
    Almost as extraordinary as the shock election result in Malaysia is the unlikely rapprochement between Mahathir Mohamed and his former political nemesis, Anwar Ibrahim. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mathathir, 92, stunned the political world by defeating Najib...
  • INDONESIANS HATE THE CHINESE – BECAUSE THEY ARE JEWISH

    - Apr 18, 2018
    Home to only a tiny number of Jews, Indonesia is a hotbed of anti-Semitism. The disturbing popularity of Nazi imagery in the country came to international attention with stories of a Third Reich-themed restaurant and a...
  • CHINA SUBSIDIZES PIRATES

    - Mar 27, 2018
    China has the largest illegal fishing operation in the world and is a major poacher in foreign waters from Southeast Asia to Africa and South America. The Chinese subsidize several thousand fishing ships to make this...
  • DONALD TRUMP MAKES CHINA (AND RUSSIA) GREAT AGAIN

    - Feb 8, 2018
    Though powerful and wealthy, the United States looks ever more alone. While chanting his mantra of “America First,” Donald Trump has followed policies that have only eased the way for the Chinese dragon to roar past...
  • THE ROLE OF LOCAL PEOPLE HAS BEEN OVERLOOKED IN THE FIGHTING IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS

    - Feb 6, 2018
    Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor precipitated the United States’ entry into World War II. In the Pacific, the Solomon Islands — particularly Guadalcanal — became the epicenter of fierce fighting between the Japanese and the United...
  • CHINESE MANUFACTURING MAY NOT BE MOVING TO AFRICA ALL THAT SOON

    - Feb 2, 2018
    The promise of Chinese manufacturing moving to Africa increasingly seems like a real possibility. Chinese car factories assemble in South Africa. Mainland footwear companies have expanded into Ethiopia. Chinese entrepreneurs have opened textile plants in Rwanda...