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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Partners in isolation: Russia-Myanmar ties deepen amid Western sanctions

Moscow has become ‘even more accommodating’ towards Myanmar’s junta, as both seek closer economic and military ties, analysts note.

Moscow has become ‘even more accommodating’ towards Myanmar’s junta, as both seek closer economic and military ties, analysts note.

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Ahead of historic US-Pacific meeting, climate change and China loom large, say analysts

President Biden is to host important talks with Pacific leaders in Washington amid Beijing’s growing influence, with the island nations ‘happy to work with either’, say analysts.

President Biden is to host important talks with Pacific leaders in Washington amid Beijing’s growing influence, with the island nations ‘happy to work with either’, say analysts.

14 Aug 2022 - 8:30AM
18 months after coup, Myanmar needs a ‘clear endgame’ for peace, urges Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah advocates direct engagement against the junta with the backing of the Asean and suggests bringing in ‘outside help’ from the likes of China, India and Japan.

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah advocates direct engagement against the junta with the backing of the Asean and suggests bringing in ‘outside help’ from the likes of China, India and Japan.

12 Aug 2022 - 7:07PM
Sri Lanka crisis: India leads aid efforts but US ‘could do more’ as strategic interests converge

Washington could take on stronger role in Sri Lanka’s economy after Colombo reaches a debt restructuring agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

Washington could take on stronger role in Sri Lanka’s economy after Colombo reaches a debt restructuring agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

7 Aug 2022 - 2:38PM
10 Aug 2022 - 1:00PM
Beijing’s war games in Taiwan after Pelosi’s trip spark concerns in South China Sea

Analysts say Pelosi’s Taipei visit was not just ‘unhelpful’ to Southeast Asia but could lead to increased aggression beyond the Taiwan Strait.

Analysts say Pelosi’s Taipei visit was not just ‘unhelpful’ to Southeast Asia but could lead to increased aggression beyond the Taiwan Strait.

5 Aug 2022 - 4:01PM
As I see it | Myanmar’s executions were a slap in the face for China. It’s time to ‘speak in one voice’ against the junta

The generals ignored Wang Yi’s calls for reconciliation, further threatening Chinese interests in Myanmar. Such insolence should not go unpunished.

The generals ignored Wang Yi’s calls for reconciliation, further threatening Chinese interests in Myanmar. Such insolence should not go unpunished.

29 Jul 2022 - 8:00AM
More violence in Myanmar feared as junta’s executions send ‘ruthless’ message to Asean

The capital punishment of four democracy activists is a warning to the junta’s opponents and the global community for treating it like a pariah, observers say.

The capital punishment of four democracy activists is a warning to the junta’s opponents and the global community for treating it like a pariah, observers say.

26 Jul 2022 - 9:38PM
Why do Singapore and Malaysia have a more favourable view of China than the US?

The two Southeast Asian states were outliers in a poll in which 25,000 respondents from 19 countries held mostly unfavourable views of Beijing.

The two Southeast Asian states were outliers in a poll in which 25,000 respondents from 19 countries held mostly unfavourable views of Beijing.

25 Jul 2022 - 10:54AM
As I see it | Will Chinese netizens’ jubilation after human tragedies like Shinzo Abe’s assassination fuel foreign ill will?

Chinese netizens have celebrated numerous human tragedies elsewhere, including Shinzo Abe’s assassination, the 9/11 attacks, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, as well as other countries’ response to the pandemic.

Chinese netizens have celebrated numerous human tragedies elsewhere, including Shinzo Abe’s assassination, the 9/11 attacks, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, as well as other countries’ response to the pandemic.

22 Jul 2022 - 8:30AM
Is Singapore pursuing a false climate solution by buying Mekong hydropower?

While hydropower has a low carbon footprint, it has a destructive impact on the environment and local communities, leading to ‘large inequalities’, analysts say.

While hydropower has a low carbon footprint, it has a destructive impact on the environment and local communities, leading to ‘large inequalities’, analysts say.

16 Jul 2022 - 11:00AM
Japan’s energy crisis, Covid-19 woes likely to eclipse LDP’s push to amend constitution

The rising costs of gas and food, a Covid-19 resurgence and an ageing population could take precedence over constitutional changes in the Kishida administration’s agenda.

The rising costs of gas and food, a Covid-19 resurgence and an ageing population could take precedence over constitutional changes in the Kishida administration’s agenda.

12 Jul 2022 - 10:26AM
Analysis | Shinzo Abe assassination: From Singapore to India, tributes flow for ardent champion of ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’

His stint as premier saw Japan deepen the goodwill it had rebuilt in Southeast Asia after painful memories of WWII – his 2007 idea of a ‘broader Asia’ encompassed countries in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

His stint as premier saw Japan deepen the goodwill it had rebuilt in Southeast Asia after painful memories of WWII – his 2007 idea of a ‘broader Asia’ encompassed countries in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

10 Jul 2022 - 10:44AM
Shinzo Abe: a political titan who shaped Japan’s policies on China, defence, economy

His eight-year stint as Japan’s PM was the longest uninterrupted tenure for a post-war leader, and his influence in the ruling LDP continued even after he stepped down.

His eight-year stint as Japan’s PM was the longest uninterrupted tenure for a post-war leader, and his influence in the ruling LDP continued even after he stepped down.

12 Jul 2022 - 7:49PM
Wang Yi’s Myanmar trip could derail Asean’s peace plan by legitimising junta, analysts say

While the visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi reflected open dialogue and engagement channels, critics argue that it undermined Asean unity.

While the visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi reflected open dialogue and engagement channels, critics argue that it undermined Asean unity.

7 Jul 2022 - 8:43AM
Australia will avoid engaging Asean through China ‘prism’, Foreign Minister Penny Wong says

In a lecture in Singapore, Australia’s new Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Canberra is committed to ‘Asean centrality’ and would ‘find its security in Asia, not from Asia’.

In a lecture in Singapore, Australia’s new Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Canberra is committed to ‘Asean centrality’ and would ‘find its security in Asia, not from Asia’.

6 Jul 2022 - 9:38PM
Asia-Pacific leaders at Nato summit a sign of strategic shift amid Russia, China threats: analysts

Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea are not Nato members but are global partners of the military alliance.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea are not Nato members but are global partners of the military alliance.

5 Jul 2022 - 11:52AM
New Pacific alliance PBP to counter China’s influence will likely grow to include more European nations, say analysts

Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP) is made up of US, UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand; some say France is already interested in joining despite anger over the Aukus security pact and the new PBP will become ‘multilateral rather than minilateral’.

Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP) is made up of US, UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand; some say France is already interested in joining despite anger over the Aukus security pact and the new PBP will become ‘multilateral rather than minilateral’.

30 Jun 2022 - 5:56PM
Hong Kong’s Asian expats still see city as a ‘land of opportunities’

Amid a Western exodus, expats from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand share why they remain confident in the city’s future, even if Covid curbs are a major turn-off.

Amid a Western exodus, expats from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand share why they remain confident in the city’s future, even if Covid curbs are a major turn-off.

1 Jul 2022 - 4:01PM
As I see it | Is China anyone’s ‘all-weather’ friend? Sri Lanka’s experience suggests otherwise

Perhaps it’s time for China to retire the over-the-top phrases it uses to describe its relations with other nations, if it cannot abide by them when the going gets tough.

Perhaps it’s time for China to retire the over-the-top phrases it uses to describe its relations with other nations, if it cannot abide by them when the going gets tough.

24 Jun 2022 - 8:00AM
As I see it | China should keep on going to forums like the Shangri-La Dialogue – even if it doesn’t like what it hears

A Chinese delegate to the recent security forum in Singapore seemed to suggest that China might not take part in future. But staying away would not be in Beijing’s best interests.

A Chinese delegate to the recent security forum in Singapore seemed to suggest that China might not take part in future. But staying away would not be in Beijing’s best interests.

17 Jun 2022 - 8:00AM
What’s New Zealand’s plan as superpower rivalry escalates in the Pacific?

Wellington’s muted response to the recent Pacific tour of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stood in stark contrast to Australia’s. But can ‘strategic ambiguity’ towards Beijing be maintained?

Wellington’s muted response to the recent Pacific tour of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stood in stark contrast to Australia’s. But can ‘strategic ambiguity’ towards Beijing be maintained?

12 Jun 2022 - 8:15AM
Japan’s Kishida to send China a warning on Taiwan at Singapore’s Shangri-La Dialogue, analysts say

Analysts say Fumio Kishida will use his keynote speech at the Singapore security forum to draw parallels between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s increasingly assertive behaviour in Asia.

Analysts say Fumio Kishida will use his keynote speech at the Singapore security forum to draw parallels between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s increasingly assertive behaviour in Asia.

10 Jun 2022 - 9:02AM
As I see it | Who are the pawns in the China-US race to influence the Pacific? It depends who you ask

Tensions between China and US allies in the Pacific have increased with the signing of a security pact between Beijing and Solomon Islands, that many critics believe could deepen China’s military engagement in the region.

Tensions between China and US allies in the Pacific have increased with the signing of a security pact between Beijing and Solomon Islands, that many critics believe could deepen China’s military engagement in the region.

3 Jun 2022 - 8:58AM
China-Australia relations: Canberra’s new top diplomat Penny Wong part of ‘damage control’ mission to woo Pacific nations and fix harm caused by Scott Morrison

Diplomacy has been stepped up since Anthony Albanese became PM last month in bid to stop ‘ignoring’ and ‘disrespecting’ and also counter China’s influence in region.

Diplomacy has been stepped up since Anthony Albanese became PM last month in bid to stop ‘ignoring’ and ‘disrespecting’ and also counter China’s influence in region.

1 Jun 2022 - 5:57PM
From Singapore to Malaysia and Philippines, Asean’s interest in Biden’s IPEF a signal to China it wants better ‘balance of power’ in region

After Trump withdrew the US from the TPP, Washington’s economic disengagement from the region had enabled China to ‘grow its economic footprint in Asia unhindered’.

After Trump withdrew the US from the TPP, Washington’s economic disengagement from the region had enabled China to ‘grow its economic footprint in Asia unhindered’.

7 Jul 2022 - 10:40AM
As I see it | Beijing’s avoidance of foreign media for Wang Yi’s Solomons visit, UN trip to Xinjiang will not help China’s international image

Beijing’s true intentions will always be second-guessed, or inaccurately portrayed as long as China continues to keep foreign media at an arm’s length.

Beijing’s true intentions will always be second-guessed, or inaccurately portrayed as long as China continues to keep foreign media at an arm’s length.

27 May 2022 - 9:00AM
Quad leaders vow to oppose attempts to ‘change status quo by force’, with China and Russia on their minds

US President Joe Biden and his counterparts from Australia, India and Japan held talks in Tokyo on Tuesday at a Quad meeting that could affect the geopolitics and security of the entire region.

US President Joe Biden and his counterparts from Australia, India and Japan held talks in Tokyo on Tuesday at a Quad meeting that could affect the geopolitics and security of the entire region.

24 May 2022 - 7:46PM
In South Asia, Bangladesh’s ‘deft’ balancing of US, China and India ties stands out

Compared to some of its neighbours, Bangladesh is in good economic shape and the country is increasingly being viewed as an emerging middle power, observers say.

Compared to some of its neighbours, Bangladesh is in good economic shape and the country is increasingly being viewed as an emerging middle power, observers say.

23 May 2022 - 1:30PM
What’s next for the Philippines under Ferdinand Marcos Jnr?

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at what the Ferdinand Marcos Jnr administration will mean for the Philippines in the midst of the US-China rivalry.

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at what the Ferdinand Marcos Jnr administration will mean for the Philippines in the midst of the US-China rivalry.

23 May 2022 - 2:00PM