Asian Currents

China, Indonesia

Will Indonesia ‘descend’ into dispute in the South China Sea?

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The stand-off between Indonesia and China in disputed waters off the Natuna Islands may not be all it seems, writes Gatra Priyandita Great power tensions in the South China Sea have continued to increase this year, as China inches closer to its objective of de facto control of the sea, and the US begins regularising […]

Japan

Manga: a medium for historical debate?

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Scholars of Japanese manga are now beginning to look at its political messaging, how it can subvert dominant historical discourses and push for politically conservative or progressive agendas, writes Rebecca Suter Comics in Japan were seen as a superficial form of popular entertainment aimed mostly at children, throughout the twentieth century. It was no different […]

India

India adopts a national Goods and Services Tax … sort of

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In a society where tax avoidance is something of a national sport, India’s new GST is something of a major achievement, write Mandar Oak and Peter Mayer The distance between India’s mega-cities Kolkata and Mumbai is about the same as from Brisbane to Adelaide.  Goods shipped by road from Brisbane usually reach Adelaide in three […]