Will Xi always be obeyed?
Author: Ryan Manuel, ANU It ain’t easy being an autocrat. Take China’s current President and Party Secretary, Xi Jinping. Since coming to power Xi has shown himself to be unhindered by former norms of collective decision making, and collective blame. Rather than all decisions being portrayed as being made unanimously by senior leaders, each of […]
Will military courts help Pakistan eliminate terrorism?
Author: Sajjad Ashraf, NUS In August 2015, Pakistan’s Supreme Court, which has a history of validating military takeovers under the ‘doctrine of necessity’, upheld the 21st amendment to the constitution allowing military courts to be established parallel to the existing civil judiciary for two years. The amendment allows civilians ‘claiming [to] or [who] are known […]
Credit where credit’s due for China’s economic authorities
Author: James Laurenceson, ACRI Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman recently said with reference to China’s President Xi Jinping: ‘Are you starting to have the feeling that when it comes to economic policy Xi-who-must-be-obeyed has no idea what he’s doing?’ Krugman’s comment came after the Chinese authorities had decided to allow the renminbi to fall […]
Asia’s strategic weight
Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum Their sheer size and growth potential mean that China and India will be at the centre of the Asian economic powerhouse over the coming decades, however well it performs. Over the past two decades, the two countries have already more than tripled their share of the global economy. Adjusted […]
Report from Sri Lanka: Parliamentary Elections
By Dinesha de Silva
After a hotly contested campaign, Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka concluded peacefully last week in a vote hailed by local and international observers as one of the most free, fair, and peaceful in Sri Lanka's recent history. The 70 percent turnout fell short of last January's 82 percent, possibly due to the monsoon rain that arrived two hours before polls closed on Monday, August 17.
AEC Skilled-Labor Migration: A Gap between Aspiration and Reality?
By Victor Bernard
As ASEAN countries have moved up the technology ladder and the demand for skills has grown, a labor gap has emerged that mirrors the gap between more- and less-developed nations. Higher-income countries such as Thailand, with falling birthrates and greying populations, are suffering from growing labor shortages in sectors such as healthcare and IT, while lower-income countries face burgeoning youth populations and high levels of graduate unemployment.
China ramps up charges against Zhou
China's Supreme People's Court has accused former security czar Zhou Yongkang of involvement in unofficial political activities with jailed former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai, in an apparent reference to unconfirmed rumors that they tried to stage a coup in March 2012. (Mar 20, '15)
'100 dead' in Myanmar fighting
Intense fighting between Myanmar government troops and rebel forces in the northern Shan State region of Kokang in recent days has left more than 100 people dead, the majority of them on the government side, according to local sources. (Mar 20, '15)
Tunisian president vows no mercy
Shortly after attackers killed at least 19 people, including 17 foreign tourists, in an attack on a museum in Tunisia's capital, newly elected President Beji Caid Essebsi told the nation that the country was "in a war with terrorism" and that those responsible for the attack would be "fought without mercy". (Mar 19, '15)
on 'two-state solution'
Why did so many Israeli voters switch their allegiance to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just before this week's election? The answer is simple and obvious: most of those small-party voters oppose a Palestinian state, and a day before the election Netanyahu ruled out a Palestinian state on his watch. (Mar 19, '15)
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