Opinion

Opinion | How will Malaysia confront coronavirus without a health minister?

Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad currently has no cabinet but Malaysia’s health system is resilient enough to excel despite the upheaval.

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Opinion | ABS-CBN fighting to survive, 34 years after being liberated from Marcos

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.

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Sino File | Coronavirus: to Chinese democracy what Chernobyl was to glasnost?

China’s increasing move towards authoritarian rule under Xi Jinping makes the country even more vulnerable to the outbreak of epidemics.

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China Briefing | Coronavirus is a wake-up call for China’s autocratic style of rule

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.

22 Feb 2020 - 12:57PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Asian Angle | Financing low-carbon energy crucial for meeting Asia’s growing demand

Meeting Asia’s growing energy needs through low-carbon means is both a priority and one of the region’s greatest challenges.

24 Feb 2020 - 2:53PM
Opinion | Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam: Philippines’ military models, post-US

Withdrawing from its military alliance with Washington could now see Manila move closer to Beijing – but there are other options it might follow.

20 Feb 2020 - 3:03PM
Opinion | From climate change to coronavirus, complex adaptive systems thinking is key

The theory recognises that the world’s human and natural systems are dynamic and characterised by complex interrelationships.

19 Feb 2020 - 10:47AM
Opinion | Indonesian government shows the wrong way to lead on coronavirus evacuees

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.

19 Feb 2020 - 5:35PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Asian Angle | India, a coronavirus catastrophe waiting to happen?

As populous as China but far less able to cope with disaster, India has been lucky – so far.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:38PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Ceritalah | Rodrigo Duterte: deliberate, determined, deadly … disappointing?

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.

17 Feb 2020 - 11:09PM
Opinion | Doctors aren’t enough to fight the coronavirus, we need all of science

Fighting a species-level threat like Covid-19 requires the best brains from disciplines as varied as chemistry, AI, sociology and psychology.

17 Feb 2020 - 7:43AM
Sino File | Forget Sars, the coronavirus threatens a meltdown in China’s economy

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.

16 Feb 2020 - 12:42PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Opinion | After Brexit, Britain’s engagement in SE Asia is far from certain

Britain’s upcoming strategic defence and security review may scale back UK ambition to uphold regional order in Southeast Asia.

16 Feb 2020 - 8:32AM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Opinion | In Singapore’s climate fight, moving to clean energy is a matter of will

Singapore has the opportunity and ability to enact strong, forward-looking climate policies and drive mitigation efforts in the region.

16 Feb 2020 - 8:32AM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Asian Angle | Climate change: why do Western crises get more attention?

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.

15 Feb 2020 - 4:30PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Opinion | Umno, PAS, Pakatan Harapan: in Malaysia, it’s hard to tell friend from foe

lliances in the country’s political arena are in a constant state of flux, as politicians are pragmatic about keeping or attaining power.

15 Feb 2020 - 9:51PM
China Briefing | Coronavirus: going ahead with China’s ‘two sessions’ would be foolhardy

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.

15 Feb 2020 - 9:30AM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Opinion | Australia needs Chinese visitors: virus travel ban’s impact could be huge

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.

13 Feb 2020 - 11:14AM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Opinion | China offers Indonesia a blueprint on how to feed a growing nation

Despite seeing solid economic growth over the past decade, Indonesia still cannot meet the food needs of nearly 20 million people.

11 Feb 2020 - 10:34AM