Politics

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and India’s PM Narendra Modi. Photo: AP
In South Asia, Bangladesh’s ‘deft’ balancing of US, China, 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.

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Anthony Albanese, leader of Australia’s Labor Party, addresses supporters after incumbent Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Scott Morrison conceded defeat in the country’s general election. Photo: Reuters
Albanese vows to unite Australia as Labor seizes power

The Labor Party, led by career politician Anthony Albanese, is on track to beat the coalition although its ability to form a majority government remains uncertain.

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US President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk-youl leave after a joint news conference at the People’s House in Seoul, South Korea on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
Biden touts wider regional cooperation in South Korea visit, avoids mentioning China

A joint statement from Biden and South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol, said they were committed to promoting stability across the Taiwan Strait, but did not mention China.

21 May 2022 - 7:31PM
People wait to buy kerosene amid a fuel shortage in Colombo. Photo: EPA-EFE
US, India, China vie to help as South Asian nations grapple with economic woes

From Sri Lanka to Nepal and Pakistan, South Asian nations are grappling with separate challenges, giving major powers an opportunity to extend aid in return for further influence, analysts say.

21 May 2022 - 6:21PM
US President Joe Biden arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek on Friday. Photo: AFP
Joe Biden begins Asia tour aimed at warning allies about China, Russia

Crucial summit comes amid mounting geopolitical challenges, including growing security threats from North Korea, the ongoing Russian war on Ukraine, and the escalating rivalry between the US and China.

20 May 2022 - 9:20PM
74--year-old Tajuddin Abdul Rahman campaigning in the 2018 Malaysian election. Photo: Facebook
Malaysia PM under fire for picking ‘empty can’ as envoy to Indonesia

Tajuddin Abdul Rahman’s appointment as envoy to Jakarta comes as a surprise given his penchant for controversy over his three terms as a parliamentarian.

20 May 2022 - 7:30AM
A Japanese coastguard ship patrols close to a Chinese marine surveillance vessel, front, near the disputed Diaoyu Islands, which are called the Senkaku Islands in Japan. Photo: Kyodo News via Getty Images
Japanese ‘angry’ at Chinese maritime actions, want Tokyo to take firmer stance

A ministry survey found that nearly two-thirds of respondents wanted Tokyo to talk tough on territorial issues, while some 57 per cent urged China to ‘respect human rights, freedom, democracy and the rule of law’.

19 May 2022 - 6:13PM
Vietnamese-Australian lawyer Tu Le (left) and Sally Sitou from the Australian Labor Party. Photo: Twitter
Australian MP’s #WrongAsian saga highlights ‘painfully homogenous’ culture

A Liberal MP who mixed up two Asian candidates, then refused to apologise, has been ridiculed on social media as the ruling coalition trails in the polls.

18 May 2022 - 2:49PM
China ambassador to Singapore Sun Haiyan (centre). Photo: Handout
New China envoy to Singapore to promote ‘peace, prosperity’ in the region

Sun Haiyan, a longtime member of the International Liaison Department, is China’s 12th ambassador to Singapore.

17 May 2022 - 7:35PM
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida to Downing Street earlier this month. Photo: Kyodo
Japan nears deal with Britain to buy next-generation fighter jet

The deal would mark the first time in 70 years that Tokyo has signed a major defence project with a country other than the United States, a decision that analysts suggest indicates Japan’s desire to build stronger political and security alliances with more like-minded nations.

16 May 2022 - 4:08PM
US President Joe Biden. Photo: Bloomberg
Biden to visit Japan, Korea with Indo-Pacific Strategy, China on his mind

The US President will seek to deepen security cooperation with both allies and encourage them to press further sanctions on Russia amid the Ukraine war.

16 May 2022 - 7:44AM
Anti-US military base activist and native Okinawan Jinshiro Motoyama sits during the third day of his hunger strike outside the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Tokyo on Wednesday, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the US return of Okinawa to Japan. AFP: Photo
50 years after Okinawa’s return to Japan from US, locals have no appetite to celebrate

Jinshiro Motoyama has been on a hunger strike demanding the immediate termination of work on the new base at Henoko and a reduction in the total number of US bases in Okinawa.

15 May 2022 - 2:00PM
Australian PM Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese at the second leaders’ debate on May 8, 2022. Photo: Reuters
How might Australia’s ties with China and Asean change after May 21 election?

While both the ruling Liberal coalition and opposition Labor parties are talking tough on Beijing, analysts say the latter may adopt a ‘less provocative’ brand of diplomacy.

15 May 2022 - 1:49PM
Voting is compulsory for all Australians. Photo: Shutterstock
Explainer | Morrison v Albanese: who’s leading Australia’s race, and who’s tougher on China?

Opinion polls suggest Anthony Albanese’s Labor party is ahead of incumbent PM Scott Morrison’s ruling conservative coalition, but surveys have not been a good predictor of election outcomes.

15 May 2022 - 1:53PM
Australians enjoy the Lunar New Year celebrations in Sydney’s Chinatown on January 29, 2022. Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
China-Australia tensions, racism fuelling Asian ‘reluctance’ to join politics

Asian-Australian candidates running for election in a country with less political diversity than Canada, Britain or New Zealand discuss the xenophobia they face and the issues that matter

15 May 2022 - 1:45PM
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the second leaders’ debate of the 2022 federal election campaign, on May 8. Photo: via Reuters
PM’s Solomon Islands stance ‘inconsistent’, Australian opposition says

The Labor Party has accused the government of inconsistency over the island chain’s security pact with China, with its talk of both ‘red lines’ and respect for sovereignty ahead of the May 21 election.

13 May 2022 - 10:43PM
Najib Razak, Malaysia’s former prime minister (L), who was convicted for 1MDB-related corruption charges in 2020, and Anwar Ibrahim, opposition leader, fist bump during a TV debate on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg
A grand flop? Najib and Anwar fail to inspire in Malaysia debate

Najib Razak, who is on bail appealing a 12-year jail sentence, has often avoided debates but this time took part in a 90-minute stand-off with seasoned orator Anwar Ibrahim.

14 May 2022 - 9:34AM
Images such as this, which depict the remains of Russian fighting aircraft SU-35 after it was downed by the Ukrainian forces, could hurt demand for Russian arms among Southeast Asian countries. File photo: Reuters
War-wrecked Russian arms lose appeal among Southeast Asia buyers: analysts

Made-in-Russia equipment, once perceived as cheap but reliable, has taken a hit to its reputation because of poor battlefield performance by the country’s forces in Ukraine.

13 May 2022 - 8:00AM
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese, attend the third leaders’ debate of the 2022 federal election campaign  in Sydney on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
As I see it | Australia must focus on policy, not ‘gotcha’ moments and political points

Australians head to the polls very soon, yet they’ve still not heard proper debates or long-term solutions to the many issues their country faces. How can it be more productive, without China, as relations deteriorate, and what about climate change and racism?

13 May 2022 - 4:13PM
A protester holds a slogan that reads, “Return what you stole”, during a rally as they question legitimacy of the election result. Photo: AP
Jeers and tears in the Philippines as some ‘draw the line’ after Marcos victory

Some supporters of Robredo are fed-up with being taunted by Marcos fans following his election victory and vowed to cut off financial support to their pro-Bongbong relatives and friends.

12 May 2022 - 8:00AM