The plot to topple Malaysia’s prime minister


As scandal swirls around Malaysia’s beleaguered prime minister Najib Razak, GREG LOPEZ assesses Najib’s prospects of remaining in power. On 2 July 2015, the Wall Street Journal alleged that US$700 million from the state development fund 1 Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB) had gone into a personal bank account of Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak. Najib […]


Drug addiction as morality tale: behind China’s anti-drugs campaign


Stories of drug addiction form a backdrop to the Chinese government’s current crackdown on illicit drug use, writes GUY RAMSAY. The Chinese government is currently carrying out a nationwide crackdown on illicit drug use. Jaycee Chan, son of famous Chinese actor Jackie Chan, has been a noted victim of the crackdown. Jaycee’s and Jackie’s public […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s local election results offer something for everyone


KERRY BROWN analyses the results of last weekend’s local elections and finds no clear pointer to the outcome of next year’s main legislative elections. Hong Kong’s district council elections, which were held on Sunday, 22 November, would usually be marked down as a local affair. But because of the Umbrella movement protests during the end […]

South Asia Studies

Japan and Australia eye bilateral relations through TPP prism


As signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia and Japan are treading familiar ground, writes STACEY STEELE. Like many other signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) published on 5 November 2015, Australia and Japan already have a bilateral trade treaty—the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). Signed on 8 July 2014, JAEPA only came into force on […]


Australia and India tend the seeds of a growing relationship


Although there is a distance to go, relations between Australia and India have come a long way in the past decade, writes MEG GURRY. On arrival in New Delhi in 1965 as Australia’s new high commissioner, Arthur Tange commented that while there was ‘fertile ground’ between Australia and India, ‘no-one seems to know what seed […]


NLD–Army compact as new framework for Myanmar politics?


Following the overwhelming victory for the National League for Democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar’s elections, TREVOR WILSON considers what could happen next. In voting overwhelmingly for the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Aung San Suu Kyi last week, many voters said they hoped the new government would bring about a fundamental […]