South East Asia
By Ben McGrath, 8 May 2015
Xi Jinping and Eric Chu met to discuss collaboration as Taiwan seeks to join international trade agreements and China’s AIIB.
By Tom Peters, 6 May 2015
The junta’s constitution would ensure that the military and the courts maintain control of the country.
By Tom Peters, 18 April 2015
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that NZ’s spy agency, the GCSB, has supported Bangladesh’s notorious security apparatus for at least 12 years.
By Ben McGrath, 17 April 2015
The near-record low turnout is another indication of broad public alienation from the political establishment and parliamentary set-up as a whole.
By John Roberts, 16 April 2015
The peace accord is part of the government’s bid to meet the demands of the US and its allies in return for a further relaxation of sanctions.
By Ben McGrath, 11 April 2015
Industrial accidents in China are a regular occurrence amid the corporate drive to boost profits at the expense of safety and health standards.
By Ben McGrath, 20 March 2015
Tensions between South Korea and China could rise if the US established an anti-ballistic missile battery on the Korean Peninsula.
By Ben McGrath, 6 March 2015
Compared to past speeches Park Geun-hye appeared to pull her punches on the crimes of Japanese imperialism in the 1930s and 1940s.
By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2015
Central to Abe’s “reform” agenda is the removal of constraints on the use of the military to prosecute Japanese imperialism's strategic interests.
By Ben McGrath, 7 February 2015
The small turnout was a reflection of the political dead-end into which so-called pro-democracy leaders steered last year’s weeks-long protest movement.
By Ben McGrath, 26 January 2015
The apparent murder of one of the hostages held by ISIS, Haruna Yukawa, comes as Japan plans to expand its military presence in the Middle East.
By Ben McGrath, 26 January 2015
The deaths are another reminder of the ongoing dangers at the tsunami-affected Fukushima Daiichi complex, and the official disregard for workers’ health and safety.
By John Roberts, 19 January 2015
Widodo’s law-and-order campaign is an appeal to the most reactionary elements in Indonesian society.
By Ben McGrath, 14 January 2015
In the name of fighting corruption, Xi Jinping is going after political rivals in order to pursue more pro-market restructuring.
By Ben McGrath, 13 January 2015
President Park Geun-hye’s government has whipped up a series of “red scares.”
By Will Morrow, 7 January 2015
The more information that emerges about the crash, the more it becomes clear that it was not an unforeseeable tragedy.
By Ben McGrath, 5 January 2015
If passed, the legislation will give the government far broader scope to go to war in the name of “collective self-defense.”
By Will Morrow, 5 January 2015
The government’s refusal to take basic safety precautions for the New Year celebrations created the conditions for the tragedy.
By Vilani Peiris, 5 January 2015
The USP claims to be running an “independent” campaign, but in reality is providing back-handed support for the pro-US opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.
By James Cogan, 3 January 2015
The decision underlines the degree to which Australia is being integrated into US preparations for war in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Will Morrow, 31 December 2014
The three day search concluded last night with the discovery of debris and the confirmation of the deaths of 162 people on board AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
By John Roberts, 30 December 2014
Hanoi rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea and called on the court to take Vietnam’s interests into consideration.
By James Cogan, 29 December 2014
No wreckage of the aircraft has been found and initial searches have been suspended due to stormy conditions.
By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2014
The ruling LDP is preparing to accelerate plans for Japan’s remilitarisation, including on the ideological front, if it retains office in tomorrow’s election.
By Tom Peters, 13 December 2014
Thailand’s military dictatorship, tacitly supported by Washington, is continuing to crack down on opposition and cement its hold on power.
By Patrick Kelly, 11 December 2014
Manasseh Sogavare is returning to office seven years after he was removed from power through a lawless dirty tricks campaign.
By John Roberts, 6 December 2014
While the government will use the Act against its political opponents, it is also part of the police-state measures that will be used against the working class.
By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2014
Protest leaders threaten to escalate their actions unless the government responds to their demand for full and open elections in 2017.
By Peter Symonds, 4 October 2014
Protesters came under attack from thugs who took advantage of growing public frustration over the disruption to daily life.
By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2014
In his effort to end the protests, Leung had the support of sections of the official opposition that are just as fearful as Beijing of spiralling social unrest.
By John Roberts, 26 September 2014
The Indian and Vietnamese presidents issued a joint statement on the need for security in the South China Sea that was clearly aimed against China.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 September 2014
President Xi’s South Asian tour is an attempt to counter aggressive moves by the US and Japan to line up countries in the region behind the US “pivot” against China.
By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2014
The uranium pact removes an obstacle to closer military relations between Australia and India as part of broader US efforts to forge an anti-China bloc.
By Ben McGrath, 29 August 2014
Japan’s moves have provoked concerns in Washington that Tokyo’s diplomacy will cut across US strategy in North East Asia.
By Ben McGrath, 26 August 2014
Employees of South Korea’s two largest auto manufacturers walked off the job last Friday for four hours.
By Tom Peters, 23 August 2014
The installation of General Prayuth indicates that the junta is entrenching itself and intends to rule directly, rather than through a quasi-civilian government.
By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2014
The Chinese intercept of a US spy plane took place 200 kilometres from Hainan Island, home to sensitive Chinese air and naval bases.
By Joseph Santolan, 22 August 2014
The entire Jardeleza affair reveals the colonial-level control which Washington exercises over Philippine politics, over Manila’s legal case against China in particular.
By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2014
Even as the US engages in provocations against Russia and in the Middle East, the Obama administration is proceeding with its “pivot to Asia” against China.
By John Roberts, 16 August 2014
The court proceedings were designed to cover up the crimes of the major powers, above all the US, in Indo-China.
By Nick Beams, 15 August 2014
The sharp slowdown in credit expansion in China and the contraction in Japan will impact on the world economy.
By Peter Symonds, 11 August 2014
The US proposals were not designed to ease tensions in the region, but rather were aimed at painting China as the aggressor.
By Peter Symonds, 9 August 2014
The Abe government is exploiting the “China threat” to press ahead with plans for Japanese remilitarisation.
By Joseph Santolan, 2 August 2014
The worsening tensions in the South China Sea have been fueled at every turn by Washington, with the CSIS think tank playing a leading role.
By John Roberts, 18 July 2014
Regardless of which candidate is declared the winner next week, the global markets are dictating sweeping restructuring and austerity measures.
By John Roberts, 11 July 2014
With both Widodo and Prabowo claiming victory, weeks of political uncertainty, court challenges and social unrest could lie ahead.
By Dante Pastrana, 5 July 2014
President Benigno Aquino III’s anti-corruption campaign is in reality a drive to crush opposition in any section of government to his sharp turn toward US imperialism.
By Mike Head, 4 July 2014
The forced transfer of asylum seekers to the Sri Lankan navy is an attack on basic democratic rights, as well as a blatant violation of international law.
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.