South East Asia
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 23 March 2016
Last weekend’s incident involving Chinese and Indonesian vessels is a sign of the acute tensions being generated by Washington’s intervention in South China Sea disputes.
By John Roberts, 11 February 2016
The government’s attempt to bury the protracted 1MDB scandal last month has floundered amid damaging new revelations.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 3 February 2016
While General Secretary Trong may be more cautious than his rival about embracing US imperialism, Vietnam’s leadership will continue the tilt to Washington.
By Peter Symonds, 1 February 2016
Washington’s actions are deliberately confrontational and reckless, raising the danger of a military clash with China.
By John Roberts, 26 January 2016
Beneath the cloak of combatting terrorism, Suharto-era measures are being revived in response to developing social tensions.
By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2016
The CSIS report represents the voice of the vast American military establishment, which regards China as the chief threat to untrammelled US strategic dominance in Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 25 January 2016
The study is a master plan for an accelerating arms race in Asia in preparation for a conflict that would draw in the entire region and the world.
By Ben McGrath, 14 January 2016
The departure of Kim Han-gil and the creation of new opposition parties constitute attempts to head off discontent among South Korean workers.
By Joseph Santolan, 13 January 2016
The decision gives the legal green light for the deployment of US military forces to the Philippines, in direct confrontation with China.
By Ben McGrath, 9 January 2016
Not used since 1986, the charge of sedition represents a deepening of the Park government’s suppression of political dissent.
By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2016
The test will heighten the tense situation in North East Asia generated by the Obama administration’s confrontational “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Peter Symonds, 5 January 2016
Washington’s calls for restraint are in marked contrast to its escalating provocations to challenge Chinese claims in the disputed waters.
By John Braddock, 5 January 2016
Vietnam is preparing to enter an imperialist war as an accomplice of the United States against China.
By John Roberts, 31 December 2015
Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, Indonesia has adopted a tougher approach to China, while at the same time seeking to avoid open confrontation.
By Ben McGrath, 30 December 2015
The deal will be welcomed in Washington which has been pressing its two allies to mend their rift and collaborate more closely in the US “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Will Morrow, 30 December 2015
The response of the Chinese regime is aimed at diverting attention from the broader social and political implications of the disaster.
By Ben McGrath, 29 December 2015
The callous disregard for the safety of miners, resulting in a series of mine explosions and cave-ins, is a product of the drive to cut production costs and boost profits.
By Gabriel Black, 21 December 2015
A recent Associated Press report found that many leading seafood suppliers buy shrimp processed by slaves in Thailand working in horrific conditions.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2015
As Japanese and Australian leaders met in Tokyo, an American paper reported a US military intrusion into Chinese-claimed air space in the South China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2015
The downward slide in the renminbi’s value threatens other Asian export-dependent countries and heightens the danger of a currency war.
By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2015
The basing of P8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft in Singapore foreshadows further provocative US activities against China in the South China Sea.
By John Roberts, 3 November 2015
Police forced the organisers to cancel film showings and discussion panels referring to the massacre of over 500,000 people in the CIA-backed coup.
By Joseph Santolan, 31 October 2015
The tribunal’s ruling is a blow to China and strengthens the propaganda of Washington, which will use it to provide a legal fig leaf to escalate its war-mongering.
By Nick Beams, 30 October 2015
Pressure is set to intensify on Australia to take a direct part in the US naval operations.
By Nick Beams, 29 October 2015
The US naval operation was the outcome of months of planning by the Pentagon, accompanied by a build-up of pressure on the Obama administration to authorise it.
By Peter Symonds, 28 October 2015
The entry of the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen into Chinese-claimed waters raises the danger of a military confrontation between two nuclear-armed powers.
By James Cogan, 28 October 2015
The reckless calculation in Washington is that the Chinese regime’s diplomatic and military response to its provocative actions are nothing more than rhetoric.
By Nick Beams, 27 October 2015
The brazen and aggressive character of the operation is underscored by the fact that it has been undertaken in the total absence of military activity against the US by China.
By John Roberts, 19 October 2015
The levels of air pollution this year will equal or exceed those of 1997, the worst fire season on record.
By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2015
The 1965 CIA-backed military coup, which resulted in the slaughter of at least 500,000 people, was one of the great imperialist crimes of the 20th Century.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 28 September 2015
The US Justice Department investigation is a damaging blow to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is facing calls for his resignation.
By Tom Peters, 10 September 2015
The US-backed military dictatorship has no intention of giving up its hold on power.
By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2015
The downturn in the Chinese economy is reverberating around the world, nowhere more so than in Asia.
By Ben McGrath, 7 September 2015
The government is pressing to pass the deeply unpopular bills before the current parliamentary session ends on September 27.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 1 September 2015
Ruling class divisions are fuelled by a deteriorating economy, which has been hard-hit by China’s slowdown, falling commodity prices and regional competition for investment.
By Ben McGrath, 31 August 2015
The widespread hostility to the new security laws reflects the deep-rooted anti-war sentiment in Japan, especially in the working class.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 August 2015
Underlying the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to find scapegoats for the Tianjin disaster is the deepening crisis of the entire regime.
By Tom Peters, 19 August 2015
While the perpetrator of Monday’s attack has not been identified, the US-backed military regime is using it as a pretext to mobilise the armed forces and intimidate opponents.
By James Cogan, 15 August 2015
The promises that the Chinese masses would ultimately benefit from rampant capitalist development are lying in tatters.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 August 2015
The Chinese regime has responded nervously to the disaster, which is intensifying its political crisis.
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 July 2015
The passage of the laws marks a further stage in the militarist “reinterpretation” of Japan’s nominally pacifist constitution.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 July 2015
The outposts of Vietnam and other claimants in the region cover a far broader expanse than those of China.
By John Roberts, 11 July 2015
The Wall Street Journal allegations have fanned a crisis that threatens Najib’s political position and could destabilise the ruling UMNO.
By Peter Symonds, 10 July 2015
Trong’s very presence in the White House sends a strong message regarding Hanoi’s closer ties to Washington, directed against Beijing.
By Joseph Santolan, 9 July 2015
The legal case, which aims to invalidate China’s territorial claim to the South China Sea, is part of Washington’s campaign against Beijing.
By Nick Beams, 3 July 2015
The World Bank has again described the Chinese financial system as unbalanced and potentially unstable.
By John Roberts, 30 June 2015
The collapse of the three-party pact changes the political landscape and points to growing instability.
By Oliver Campbell, 27 June 2015
The talks took place amid an escalation of Washington’s diplomatic, military and economic campaign against China.
By Ben McGrath, 23 June 2015
The spread of the virus has been compounded by a lack of preparation and measures for dealing with the sick.
By Ben McGrath, 20 June 2015
Thousands gathered over the weekend to oppose bills to expand the role of the armed forces and its capacity to wage war.
By Nick Beams, 19 June 2015
The US has received a blunt warning about shifting relations in Asia from Singapore’s foreign minister.
By Joseph Santolan, 18 June 2015
The stakes in the 2016 presidential election are qualitatively higher than in previous contests, with the paramount question being war with China.
By Dante Pastrana, 15 June 2015
More than 200 contractual workers at the Tanduay Distillery plant are waging a desperate struggle to regain their jobs after being sacked for seeking to regularise their employment.
By Ben McGrath, 6 June 2015
Details of safety violations have emerged after one of the worst maritime disasters in China’s recent history.
By Joseph Santolan, 5 June 2015
BAYAN and the CPP have worked to whip up anti-Chinese nationalism, denouncing China as an “imperialist” power poised to invade the Philippines.
By Joseph Santolan, 4 June 2015
The Philippines is playing a crucial role in Washington’s ratcheting up of military pressure on Beijing.
By Ben McGrath, 4 June 2015
The anti-democratic court ruling is designed to prevent teachers and other public employees from voicing their political opinions.
By Peter Symonds, 30 May 2015
Ashton Carter demanded that China halt its “unprecedented” land reclamation in the South China Sea and declared the US would continue its provocative overflights.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 May 2015
Sirisena has refused to set a poll date, breaking his promise to dissolve parliament on April 23 and call an election.
By Nick Beams, 23 May 2015
Tensions over the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank surfaced again this week when Japan announced it would provide $110 billion for infrastructure investment.
By Ben McGrath, 22 May 2015
The demonstration over plans to re-route a planned rail line away from Linshui county highlights the worsening social crisis in many areas of China.
By James Cogan, 16 May 2015
Above all, the denials surrounding US war plans against China are directed at keeping the working class in the dark about the dangers of conflict.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 May 2015
The savage treatment of the Rohingya migrants is an acute manifestation of a growing international refugee crisis comparable in scale and brutality to that produced by World War II.
By Peter Symonds, 15 May 2015
The Chinese President Xi was given pride of place, seated alongside Russian President Putin, during the military parade through Red Square to mark the end of World War II.
By Ben McGrath, 11 May 2015
Nearly 200 historians published a statement last Tuesday calling on Tokyo to cease distorting the history of comfort women.
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.