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The Koreas on the brink

As both tension and speculation mount on the Korean peninsula, emotions run high while sober minds and rational solutions are hard to find.

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Testing time for Asean

The South China Sea is experiencing what the Straits of Malacca did – overcrowding by big external powers, making the case yet again for stronger Asean representation.

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On the edge of a territorial clash

The heated border area dispute between India and China is almost incomprehensible, leaving Bhutan a much more afflicted country than either of its giant neighbours.

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The politics of four-eyed meetings

There are summits, and then there are twosome summits, as the warm-up to a hotly anticipated meeting between Trump and Putin makes clear.

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Focus sharply on terrorism

Containing terrorists and eliminating terrorism as their violence spreads in the region is challenging enough, without distractions that complicate the fight against them.

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The meanings behind the words

The Association of South-East Asian Nations almost has a language of its own, whose larger meanings lie in the intent, history and actions between the words themselves.

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Casting a spotlight on the Koreas

To understand the peninsula’s situation better in forming appropriate responses, clear away misconceptions, presumptions and prejudices – especially the familiar and established ones.

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Long way from closing in on terror

Despite many fiery statements against terrorism, governments have failed to stop the most notorious of terrorist groups, Islamic State; so what now?

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China in period of transition

As a large and important country undergoing change, China’s impact on the world will continue to be significant – but what of the quality and direction of that change?

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The ‘enemies’ are at home

Despite speculation over problems in US-China relations, prospects are good for healthy ties – although not as good for rival camps in the Trump administration itself.

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Focus on the policies

Beyond the noisy protests over Trump’s presidency, there are important policy issues and implications that need better understanding – but which are still neglected.

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Malice in wonderland

AT first, it seemed simple enough, but it was just the opposite: a foreign man is accosted with a lethal face rub by two foreign women at KL International Airport 2.

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