Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste opts for stability over anticorruption in presidential choice

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Last week’s presidential elections, which saw Fretilin’s Francisco ‘Lu-Olo’ Guterres elected president, have set the battleground for parliamentary elections later this year, writes Damien Kingsbury In a red jacket tightly zipped against the ‘cool’ of the morning, Alberto da Silva stood on a rise above the village of Leohitu last week, surveying voters lined up […]

China

Personal bankruptcy law needed in China’s growing credit card society

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With the huge availability and take-up of consumer credit in China over the past five years, new legislation for consumer bankruptcy is necessary, argues Huifen YIN in an interview with Stacey Steele SS: Many people would be surprised to know China does not have a personal bankruptcy law. Why is there such a gap in […]

Australia - Asia relations

What students learn about Asia is outdated and needs to change

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The profound economic, political and cultural changes taking place in Asia, and in Australia, demand new ways of thinking about relations between the two, writes Fazal Rizvi The idea that all Australian students should develop a deeper understanding of Asian languages and cultures is not new. Some elements of this thinking go back to the […]

Korea

K-pop syncs to the politics of protest

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K-pop is evolving, writes Roald Maliangkaij—but you wouldn’t know if you listened The term K-pop is one of the latest additions to the lexicon of global fads. Since the late 1990s, when Korean pop acts began to sell out stadiums across Northeast Asia, it has become a label for perfectly synced and well-behaved, fast R&B-based […]

India

Did economics triumph in Uttar Pradesh?

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The BJP’s landslide victory in this populous Indian state reflects a potentially combustible mix of old and new, write Pawan Singh and Jonathan Balls The unexpected landslide victory in this month’s Uttar Pradesh elections by the party of prime minister Narendra Modi has fuelled a debate about whether politics is changing in North India’s populous […]

Australia - Asia relations

Development or diplomacy? The rebranding of the Australia Awards

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The Australian government’s primary intentions for its awards program for developing countries in the region may be at variance with its stated objectives, writes Anna Kent The Australian government has been offering scholarships to students from developing countries in our region since around the middle of last century. The scholarships became the start of what […]