Indonesia Newly Aggressive in South China Sea
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by Asia Sentinel
2h ago
By: Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat As Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo takes over the 2023 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations with an ambitious agenda, he is also pushing back against China’s so-called “nine-dash line” which claims hegemony over almost the entire South China Sea. Indonesia is planning to auction the largest undevelope… Read more ..read more
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Indonesia's Anies Baswedan Gains Traction in Presidential Race
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by Our Correspondent
14h ago
Such good friends With Indonesian President Joko Widowo’s political party floundering over naming his successor, outgoing Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (above, left, with Jokowi), considered by many to be the president’s antithesis because of his antipathy to development and his ties to Islamists, is building strength with announcement of three parties to back him in the 2024 general election. While two of the three are opposition parties, including the Democratic Party headed by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the third is the Na ..read more
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Two Years On, Myanmar’s Junta Refuses to Loosen Its Grip
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2d ago
By: Michael Hart February 1st marked two years since Myanmar’s military overthrew the elected National League for Democracy (NLD) government and placed its de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest. She has since been sentenced to 33 years in jail, having been convicted in secret military trials on a raft of spurious charges. The guilty verdicts were clearly designed to end the participation of the 77-year-old veteran in electoral politics, while new legislation, approved in January, appears crafted to ensure that no opposition party can emerge as a contender to the ruling junta ..read more
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BOOK REVIEW: Ambedkar: A Life
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by Asia Sentinel
3d ago
By: Danish Hamid Shashi Tharoor has written an accessible, engaging, if somewhat idiosyncratic and opinionated biography of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, one of India’s most revered figures, who surmounted his Dalit origins to become the father of the country’s Constitution. The reader can appreciate the circumstances that Ambedkar’s family lived in and how his fat… Read more ..read more
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Indonesia Takes Over Asean for 2023
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by Asia Sentinel
4d ago
By: B A Hamzah The soft-spoken Joko Widodo takes on the 2023 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) as he nears the end of 10 years as Indonesia’s president and with an ambition to make his mark on history. Late last year, palace aides confirmed that he had been quietly angling to take over as secretary general of the United N… Read more ..read more
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Tough Choice for Philippines’ Marcos
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by Asia Sentinel
5d ago
By: Viswa Nathan The Philippine president Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is facing a critical challenge, arguably the most critical he has faced since assuming office seven months ago. That is, how to deal with the International Criminal Court (ICC) reactivating its investigations into the human rights violations and crimes against humanity that are alleged to have occurred under the watch of his predecessor, Rodrigo R. Duterte (above, left, with Marcos). Marcos has not so far commented on the matter. But his justice secretary, Jesus Crispin Remulla, said that the ICC is not welcome in the Philipp ..read more
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Vietnam's Closing Legal Space for Civil Society
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by Asia Sentinel
5d ago
By: Mark Sidel When we think about the use of law and policy to restrict civil society in Asia, China, and India are the countries that usually come to mind.  In China under Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping, we have seen some advocacy organizations banned, their leaders arrested, foreign funding severely constrained, and day-to-day activities … Read more ..read more
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Big Four Bank Sues Son of Major Retailer Over Soccer Club Debts
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by Asia Sentinel
6d ago
By: Toh Han Shih One of China’s biggest state-owned banks is squaring off against Steven Zhang, the scion of one of China’s biggest private retailers, the troubled Suning.com, over his alleged refusal to repay more than US$300 million he borrowed. The 32-year-old Zhang is president of Inter Milan, one of Italy’s most prominent soccer clubs. China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation (CCBA) alleges Zhang, the son of Zhang Jindong who founded the Shenzhen-listed Suning.com, is refusing to repay more than US$300 million which it owes the bank, and is seeking to have Steven Zhang found in conte ..read more
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Indonesia to Soon Ban Bauxite Exports
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by Our Correspondent
6d ago
In a replay of its 2020 ban on nickel exports, the Indonesian government intends to impose a similar regulation on bauxite starting in June as part of a sweeping plan to reclaim control over the country’s abundant natural resources. The plan is an effort to encourage the domestic bauxite processing and refining industry. If it is enforced, state revenues from bauxite, which is essential for the production of aluminum, are forecast to rise sharply. Copper, tin, and gold are intended to be next in the face of doubts whether the country is ready to implement the policy and with likely resistan ..read more
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Women's Reproductive Health in Asia Pacific: Progress, but Work to Do
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by Asia Sentinel
6d ago
By: Shoba Shukla Despite dramatic advances in access to health care, an estimated 140 million women in the Asia Pacific region still lack access to modern methods of contraception, despite wanting to avoid or delay pregnancy, according to the recently released State of the World Population 2022 report. More than 60 percent of unintended pregnancies end in… Read more ..read more
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