Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad currently has no cabinet but Malaysia’s health system is resilient enough to excel despite the upheaval.
Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is seeking to shut ABS-CBN’s operations – unlike his idol Ferdinand Marcos, he won’t need the military’s help.
China’s increasing move towards authoritarian rule under Xi Jinping makes the country even more vulnerable to the outbreak of epidemics.
Comparisons to the Soviet-era meltdown are far-fetched, but there are lessons to be learned. Among them, the benefits of transparency, rule of law and a vibrant media.
Meeting Asia’s growing energy needs through low-carbon means is both a priority and one of the region’s greatest challenges.
Withdrawing from its military alliance with Washington could now see Manila move closer to Beijing – but there are other options it might follow.
The theory recognises that the world’s human and natural systems are dynamic and characterised by complex interrelationships.
Jakarta put 238 of its citizens evacuated from Wuhan into quarantine on the Natuna Islands without telling local authorities or residents it was making the move.
As populous as China but far less able to cope with disaster, India has been lucky – so far.
The Philippine president’s much vaunted infrastructure programme is flailing, and recent moves against the media and the US are part of a worrying trend.
Fighting a species-level threat like Covid-19 requires the best brains from disciplines as varied as chemistry, AI, sociology and psychology.
Economically speaking, Covid-19 is far more deadly than 2003’s Sars. This time around, a worst-case scenario threatens financial collapse, foreign exodus and large-scale bankruptcy.
Britain’s upcoming strategic defence and security review may scale back UK ambition to uphold regional order in Southeast Asia.
Singapore has the opportunity and ability to enact strong, forward-looking climate policies and drive mitigation efforts in the region.
Southeast Asian forest fires affected many more people than Australia’s bush fires. But they were eclipsed because the climate debate hinges on a Western framework that distorts the problem.
lliances in the country’s political arena are in a constant state of flux, as politicians are pragmatic about keeping or attaining power.
If China’s best case scenario is that the virus will go away by April, pressing on with the political events in March would send a message that politics is above people. Far better to delay.
China is now Australia’s largest source of international visitors, with Chinese travellers helping create 0.6 per cent of the country’s annual GDP. But the travel ban came just in time to disrupt the plans of thousands of Chinese students.
Despite seeing solid economic growth over the past decade, Indonesia still cannot meet the food needs of nearly 20 million people.