Why does Beijing lie about Covid-19?
To understand why Beijing is lying so much about COVID-19, you have to understand the corrupt deal China’s Communist Party has struck with the country’s elites, a
Japan struggles with Covid-19
Japan's management of the Covid-19 pandemic has been much more troubled than Asian neighbours like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea, writes John West.
India Has a Modi and a BJP Problem
Modi’s initiative is undermining the very idea of India as a secular and multicultural liberal society, writes John West.
India after Gandhi — a book review
Ramachandra Guha’s “India after Gandhi” is a masterpiece of modern history, writes John West.
Democracy, Indian style
Ruchir Sharma's recent book, Democracy On The Road, reports on a wonderful 25 year journey through 27 Indian elections, as John West reviews.
Political Islam in Indonesia
Political Islam is on the rise in Indonesia, writes John West.
Democracy in Retreat
John West reviews Joshua Kurlantzick’s excellent book in which he argues that democracy is in retreat worldwide, notably in Asia where strong economic development should foster democratisation.
Trust in Ratings: China’s Social Credit System
China has launched its "social credit system," hoping to increase social trust. What will it mean for China, and indeed, the world, asks Séverine Arsène ?
Duterte’s populist pivot away from the United States may not last, argues John West.
The Rise of Duterte -- a book review
Richard Javad Heydarian's recent book, "The Rise of Duterte: a popular revolt against elite democracy", provides excellent insights into Philippine's turbulent politics, writes John West.
Freedom from to freedom to
Jayasri Priyalal argues that In this Asian century an intellectual study should be initiated to learn how the Asian civilisation evolved with the influence of various Asian philosophies.
Korea’s corrupt democracy
The impeachment of Korean President, Park Geun-hye, highlights Korea’s deep corruption. But it is also a testimony to the strength of Korea’s democratic institutions, writes John West.
Asia's dearth of democracies
Not one Asian country would have a “full democracy”, writes John West.
Trumped by Trump
THE celebration of stupidity has surely reached its apogee in the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, writes Roger Coombs.
Thailand’s military madness
Thailand’s 2014 military coup may have been the 20th since 1932. But this one was also fundamentally different, writes John West.
Philippines’ authoritarian nostalgia
The Philippines’ fiesta politics has drawn another wild card, in the form of its new President, Rodrigo Duterte, writes John West.
Korea should drop charges against imprisoned trade unionists
The 20th anniversary of Korean OECD membership will be overshadowed by labour rights and freedom of assembly violations, argue TUAC.
China and Taiwan -- Apocalypse Now?
Will the arrival of a new President in Taiwan bring even more “interesting times” in relations with mainland China asks John West.
China leads the world in the production and export of illicit goods
Production and trade of counterfeit, pirated and other illicit goods are large and growing, and are led by China, writes John West.
Corruption, Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation
Corruption continues to be a major drag on economic growth in developing countries, argue Asit K. Biswas, Cecilia Tortajada and Augustin Boey.
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