Opinion

China Briefing | Is it already too late to defuse China’s population time bomb?

After nearly 35 years of harsh family planning policies, whatever Beijing does will be too little, too late. In some areas, the bomb has already exploded.

27 Feb 2021 - 10:00AM
Asian Angle | Why the EU-China investment deal is no free pass for Beijing

‘US sanctions earned it special access to the Chinese market while disadvantaging European competitors. This levels the playing field.’ 

27 Feb 2021 - 12:02PM
Abacus | A Reservoir Dogs ending for low paid jobs, as Mr Covid kills common sense

Should a waiter in a socially distanced Mui Wo pub get a tip? Here’s what Mr Newman thinks.

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Opinion | European powers in the South China Sea will be a key focus of the dispute this year

The likes of France, Germany and Britain have sought to signal that the row – and Chinese assertion in the area – is a matter of international, not regional, concern.

26 Feb 2021 - 9:05AM
Opinion | Why has India still not condemned the Myanmar coup?

The hesitance comes from concerns over impinging strategic military interests, and a worry criticism will move Naypyidaw closer to China.

24 Feb 2021 - 11:35AM
Opinion | Philippine ‘People Power’ at 35: a strange metamorphosis under Duterte

Despite his ‘war on drugs’, attacks on media and ‘red-tagging’ of political opponents, Rodrigo Duterte is more commonly linked to People Power than thought.

23 Feb 2021 - 11:59AM
Opinion | How Facebook’s Australia news ban could pave way for WeChat model

Facebook’s action in response to Australia’s proposed media bargaining code could leave it as a platform ruled by content houses spewing out huge volumes of low-quality articles.

23 Feb 2021 - 5:45AM
Abacus | Chips are down for Taiwan, ‘so where the bloody hell’ is Australia?

Can the Aussies cash in on Taiwan’s geopolitical woes? At present they’re shovelling coal out of hillsides and most of their chips are potatoes, writes Neil Newman.

22 Feb 2021 - 9:10AM
Opinion | Facebook vs Morrison: whoever wins, Australia loses

Even if the Digital Lord back downs, the real winner will not be public interest journalism but another media giant: News Corp, writes Benedetta Brevini.

20 Feb 2021 - 7:52AM
Opinion | We can’t ‘celebrate’ women without changing men’s mindsets about sexual harassment

This needs to be an area of focus for Singapore this year. Similarly, Asian policymakers should promote gender awareness training in schools and zero tolerance for harassers, while celebrating positive male role models.

19 Feb 2021 - 9:00AM
Opinion | Why Facebook’s news ban days before Australia’s vaccine drive is dangerous

By minimising the media’s role at this moment, the US firm will make it harder for people to access good information, at a time when they need it most.

19 Feb 2021 - 7:21AM
Opinion | Indonesia’s wealth fund managers provide needed dose of credibility

Ridha Wirakusumah, who was named as head of the Indonesia Investment Authority, gets high marks for his integrity and experience.

18 Feb 2021 - 9:30AM
Opinion | How the US can stay on Philippines’ good side (and keep China at bay)

Although Rodrigo Duterte has railed against the Visiting Forces Agreement with the US, Washington can show its commitment to the pact through high-level talks.

18 Feb 2021 - 12:38AM
Opinion | Is it time to revive the Hong Kong-Singapore air travel bubble?

With coronavirus cases falling, the two aviation hubs should experiment with ways to adapt to a new normal. But this could prove harder for Hong Kong than Singapore.

17 Feb 2021 - 10:41AM
China Briefing | Would China let the US teach American values in Peking University?

Chinese angered at Washington’s move against Confucius Institutes should ask themselves a question about the meaning of reciprocity, writes Wang Xiangwei.

13 Feb 2021 - 9:30AM
Abacus | How much is that doggy in the lockdown? If it’s HK$56,000, think twice

Investors can get in on the global pet boom, or simply invest in a new buddy for life – but consider a rescue from an animal shelter, writes Neil Newman.

15 Feb 2021 - 8:43AM
Opinion | How Myanmar coup could jump-start US-China cooperation

An isolated Myanmar and divided Asean are not good for Beijing. The wisest thing Joe Biden can do is show that American diplomacy can once again succeed in Asia.

10 Feb 2021 - 8:36AM
Opinion | Australia must take this chance to engage in trade diplomacy with China

Australia would have nothing to lose by encouraging China to explore opportunities provided by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, says Tony Walker.

10 Feb 2021 - 8:36AM
Opinion | An Australian ecosystem of hate is fuelling far right extremism

Authorities need to clamp down on hate speech and incitement of hatred. Don’t forget, the worst ever terrorist attack by an Australian took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, but it was very much made in Australia, says Greg Barton.

9 Feb 2021 - 5:32AM