Maria Siow

Maria Siow

Senior Correspondent, Asia

Maria Siow is a long-time China-based correspondent and analyst with keen interest in East Asia. Maria has a masters degree in international relations.

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Can India keep pace with China in Africa, or is it running on a different track?

While Beijing’s deeper pockets have given it a foothold, analysts say New Delhi’s approach gives it unique advantages – and there is room for both.

11 Jul 2020 - 11:33AM

While Beijing’s deeper pockets have given it a foothold, analysts say New Delhi’s approach gives it unique advantages – and there is room for both.

Can India keep pace with China in Africa, or is it running on a different track?
Chinese think tank rejects reports of planned South China Sea air defence identification zone

Such a suggestion is aimed at driving a wedge between China and its neighbours in the region, according to Peking University’s South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative.

11 Jul 2020 - 10:22PM

Such a suggestion is aimed at driving a wedge between China and its neighbours in the region, according to Peking University’s South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative.

Chinese think tank rejects reports of planned South China Sea air defence identification zone
Opinion | On Chinese social media, Singapore elections amuse and confuse

Weibo users are obsessed with the Lee family but bemused by the need for democracy in a ‘Chinese nation’.

6 Jul 2020 - 3:15PM

Weibo users are obsessed with the Lee family but bemused by the need for democracy in a ‘Chinese nation’.

On Chinese social media, Singapore elections amuse and confuse
Opinion | Why most Asian countries have not spoken out against Hong Kong’s national security law

In a region where many rely on Chinese investment, governments see standing up to Beijing over Hong Kong as a risk not worth taking.

3 Jul 2020 - 8:24AM

In a region where many rely on Chinese investment, governments see standing up to Beijing over Hong Kong as a risk not worth taking.

Why most Asian countries have not spoken out against Hong Kong’s national security law
In Australia and China, public trust in each other nosedives amid spat: surveys

Most Australians want to be less economically dependent on China, while Chinese respondents are uncertain that ties will improve.

25 Jun 2020 - 9:43PM

Most Australians want to be less economically dependent on China, while Chinese respondents are uncertain that ties will improve.

In Australia and China, public trust in each other nosedives amid spat: surveys
Kiribati’s pro-China leader wins re-election in blow to Taiwan

Taneti Maamau, who in September announced the Pacific island nation’s switch to diplomatic ties with Beijing, remains president.

23 Jun 2020 - 10:40PM

Taneti Maamau, who in September announced the Pacific island nation’s switch to diplomatic ties with Beijing, remains president.

Kiribati’s pro-China leader wins re-election in blow to Taiwan
Positive energy: the darker side of China’s social media catchphrase

The once-innocent internet meme has taken on a political hue and been linked to the death of a child, raising the question: is there something deeply negative about relentless positivity?

22 Jun 2020 - 2:13PM

The once-innocent internet meme has taken on a political hue and been linked to the death of a child, raising the question: is there something deeply negative about relentless positivity?

Positive energy: the darker side of China’s social media catchphrase
Coronavirus second wave: which Asian countries are most at risk?

Some Asian countries are seeing new Covid-19 outbreaks as they reopen their battered economies, analysts say.

23 Jun 2020 - 12:45PM

Some Asian countries are seeing new Covid-19 outbreaks as they reopen their battered economies, analysts say.

Coronavirus second wave: which Asian countries are most at risk?
Why EU-Vietnam free-trade deal can’t topple China as world’s factory

Don’t expect an exodus of manufacturers from China to Vietnam. Hanoi relies on its neighbour and can’t replicate its scale even if it tried.

17 Jun 2020 - 10:26AM

Don’t expect an exodus of manufacturers from China to Vietnam. Hanoi relies on its neighbour and can’t replicate its scale even if it tried.

Why EU-Vietnam free-trade deal can’t topple China as world’s factory
Analysis | Two years after historic summit, what remains of Trump-Kim bromance?

Their historic 2018 meeting raised hopes of lasting peace and stability on Korean peninsula but the initial thaw has not led to further breakthroughs.

13 Jun 2020 - 10:24PM

Their historic 2018 meeting raised hopes of lasting peace and stability on Korean peninsula but the initial thaw has not led to further breakthroughs.

Two years after historic summit, what remains of Trump-Kim bromance?
Philippines’ move to keep US military pact reveals shift in South China Sea calculations

Experts say Duterte’s move to retain the US military pact could offer Washington a chance to reset its strategic ties with Manila.

6 Jun 2020 - 4:15PM

Experts say Duterte’s move to retain the US military pact could offer Washington a chance to reset its strategic ties with Manila.

Philippines’ move to keep US military pact reveals shift in South China Sea calculations
Why Chinese tourists are flocking to North Korea
There may be trouble ahead for China and Singapore

Recent weeks have seen strong criticisms – some say outbursts – within China over Singapore's stance on the South China Sea dispute. It's a reality check for the island nation that its long-standing approach of not taking sides is being challenged.

22 Aug 2016 - 10:18AM

Recent weeks have seen strong criticisms – some say outbursts – within China over Singapore's stance on the South China Sea dispute. It's a reality check for the island nation that its long-standing approach of not taking sides is being challenged.

There may be trouble ahead for China and Singapore