Explained

Explainer | Thai election a battle royale for junta’s Prayuth and the Shinawatras

Five years after the latest in a long string of coups, democracy is back in town in Thailand. Or at least, that’s what it looks like. But in Sunday’s election, winning the most votes and winning power are not the same thing.

22 Mar 2019 - 9:12PM
Explainer | Thailand’s politics and monarchy

These are the players and the situation on the ground as the junta-led Southeast Asian nation gears up for its first election since 2011.

19 Mar 2019 - 5:58PM
Explainer | What is the Apec forum?

Apec promotes economic growth, cooperation, and trade and investment liberalisation in the Pacific Rim. Its members are referred to as economies, not states, so delegates from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan can all participate.

13 Mar 2019 - 9:36AM
Explainer | Asia’s aviation success stories – and its biggest flight disasters

From budget airlines and a boom in passengers to the mystery disappearance of MH370 and the Lion Air crash, Asia’s aviation sector has seen stunning highs – and devastating lows.

12 Mar 2019 - 4:59PM
Explainer | Gay rights, LGBTQ and same-sex marriage in Asia

Taiwan and Australia are beacons of progress on LGBTQ issues, while India is improving (but Hong Kong not so much). Meanwhile, Indonesia and Malaysia are going backwards.

12 Mar 2019 - 5:21PM
Explainer | How climate change will affect Asia

In 2017, China, India and Japan were ranked first, third and fifth among the world’s worst polluting countries.

11 Mar 2019 - 2:59PM
Explainer | How India and Pakistan became nuclear states

India and Pakistan are among the world’s nine nuclear weapons states, alongside China, France, Israel, North Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom and the US.

7 Mar 2019 - 12:21PM
Explainer | What is fake news and how does it affect Asia?

Several Asian countries rely heavily on social media for information, making them particularly vulnerable to the spread of fake news.

6 Mar 2019 - 5:39PM
Explainer | Royalty in Asia

Monarchic rule was once the most common form of government across much of Asia, but today only a handful of royal families remain

5 Mar 2019 - 11:01AM
Explainer | What next for North Korea after failed Trump-Kim summit?

Will both sides iron out their differences or be locked in a stalemate forever?

5 Mar 2019 - 3:08PM