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"Fake-news and Hate Speech in the Election Year" by Deasy Simandjuntak

2018/29, 19 March 2018On Sunday 4th March, the Indonesian police arrested a member of the hate speech group called the “Family Muslim Cyber Army”, or the Family MCA. Only last week, the police had caught several other members across the archipelago. Among the Family MCA’s many fabrications was raising the…
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"Tillerson Out, Pompeo In – Hope Springs Eternal for US Asia Policy" by Jason Salim

2018/28, 19 March 2018 When Rex Tillerson was appointed as Secretary of State in the early days of President Trump’s administration, talking heads were confident that the former Exxon CEO would smoothen some of President Trump’s rough edges and leverage on his experiences as CEO of one of the world’s…
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"Jokowi’s Rush to Deliver Infrastructure Projects may Result in Low-quality Products" by Charlotte Setijadi

2018/27, 16 March 2018 President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo is under pressure to deliver promised infrastructure projects ahead of the 2019 legislative and presidential elections. Since 2014, Jokowi has promised to accelerate major projects such as 1,000 kilometres of new toll roads, 3,200 kilometres of railway track, 15 new airports, two…
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"Controversial Changes to Indonesia’s Law on Legislative Bodies Come into Effect" by Eve Warburton

2018/26, 16 March 2018 Revisions to Indonesia’s Law on Legislative Bodies (MD3) were first passed by parliament (DPR) on February 12th. President Jokowi mulled over whether or not to sign the new law. After a month of equivocation, he chose not to add his signature to the MD3. However in…
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"The Philippine Panda Bond" by Malcolm Cook

2018/25, 16 March 2018In the next week or two, the Philippine government plans to issue its first panda bond (a renminbi-denominated bond issued by a non-Chinese borrower to investors in China). The planned ¥1.46 billion ($200 million) issuance, if successful, would be a win-win-win development for the Philippines and China.…
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"China’s New International Development Cooperation Agency and Foreign Aid" by Lye Liang Fook

2018/24, 15 March 2018 One highlight of China’s National People’s Congress session in March 2018 is the restructuring of China’s State Council, or cabinet, to improve its governance and effectiveness. Among the proposed changes is the creation of a new state-level International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA) that will integrate the…
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"A Tale of Two Trades: Trump's Tariffs and the CPTPP" by Sanchita Basu Das

2018/23, 14 March 2018 Last week, the world saw two contrasting events: roughshod protectionism and dogged commitment to global open trade. Even as President Trump imposed tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminium, 11 countries from Asia-Pacific signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Stock…
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"PH’s campaign in Kelantan: How will it Pan Out?" by Norshahril Saat

2018/22, 9 March 2018 Malaysia’s general elections should happen weeks from now. The ruling BN and PH are already busy with their walkabouts and roadshows even before official campaigning begins. In the rural state of Kelantan, small scale campaigning has already begun: political parties have started the traditional “flag warfare”…
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“An ASEAN Single Digital Market? Small Beginnings, Great Endings” by Sanchita Basu Das

2018/21, 7 March 2018 An idea of a ‘single digital market’ in ASEAN was shared by Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, during a panel discussion in Jakarta, organised by Bank Indonesia and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week. He said that ASEAN is excited to provide…
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"China’s Reaction to USS Carl Vinson’s Visit to Vietnam" by Lye Liang Fook

2018/20, 6 March 2018 China’s reaction to an American aircraft carrier’s first ever visit to Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War has been deliberately muted. China has downplayed the significance of the USS Carl Vinson visit to Danang by regarding it as part of any normal exchange and…
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