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Under the Radar: Singapore latest to be punished by China’s opportunism

China’s seizure of Singapore’s military assets is part of a larger effort to punish neighbours for geo-political faux pas and cozy relations with the U.S.

Asia Pacific Politics

Trump’s plans: The outlook for U.S. foreign policy towards Eurasia

For America’s allies and rivals alike, there is a deep sense of expectation and exasperation over the foreign policy implications from the Trump Presidency.

Asia Pacific Security

Is China shooting itself in the foot in Myanmar?

By letting its citizens support ethnic Chinese rebels in Myanmar, China is hurting its economic interests, and sowing instability both at home and abroad.

Asia Pacific Economics

Three things to consider about Trump’s plan to brand China as a ‘currency manipulator’

The US dollar rallied after Trump’s victory, forcing the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) to lower the yuan’s reference rate for 11 consecutive trading days.

Asia Pacific Economics

Japan faces Russia on the diplomatic path to Central Asia

Japan’s interests in the Far East and Central Asia are increasingly linked with Russia standing tough on the Kuril Islands dispute.

Asia Pacific Politics

BRICS caught between India and China

The 8th BRICS summit, held in Goa, once again exposed geopolitical fault lines which divide the diverse grouping — most notably between India and China.

Asia Pacific Politics

Six political trends shaping China today

In China, a number of significant political events have materialised. These will play a monumental role in defining the global political landscape in years to come.

Asia Pacific Economics

ASEAN faces banking union problems

While the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework (ABIF) shows great promise, the insistence on sticking to the so-called “ASEAN Way” threatens to undermine it.

Asia Pacific Politics

Donald Trump’s presidential victory signals an end to America’s engagement in Southeast Asia

Trump’s unexpected victory could change how America interacts with Southeast Asia on issues concerning security, human rights and trade.

Asia Pacific Economics

Prospects for unrest in Thailand’s rice bowl

Collapsing agricultural prices have forced the junta to offer loans to rice farmers. Rice subsidisation in Thailand has historically proven ill-fated.