December 19, 2018

One year later, are the tables turning on China’s Xi Jinping?

What a difference one year makes. Back in 2017, we were contemplating a "Pax Sinica" as an ignorant American President seemed likely to concede global leadership to China’s quasi-imperial Xi Jinping. The roll-out of Xi's signature Belt and Road Initiative looked set to cement Chinese ambitions globally. However, 2018 has been a bad year for China. Why?
December 11, 2018

The Vietnamese town that encapsulates the country’s fighting spirit

Dien Bien Phu’s history is a point of pride for the Vietnamese. The town was the site of an ignominious French defeat which marked the beginning of the end for European colonialists in Asia.
December 2, 2018

Six years since Typhoon Haiyan, why are thousands of Filipinos still waiting for help?

For 30-year-old Richelle Alvaraz, a mother of six and a resident of the Visayan city of Tacloban – the most severely affected location in the republic – the typhoon (dubbed Yolanda in the Philippines) with its 380km/h winds and unprecedented storm surges will never be forgotten. Literally: because despite countless government promises over the past five years, Alvaraz is still waiting – along with thousands of others – to be relocated to permanent housing.
November 23, 2018

What Malaysia’s MRT has to learn from Indonesia’s BRT

KL’s MRT line is sleek, plush, and expensive. The TransJakarta BRT may be far from these superlatives, but it offers cheap and effective transport to a population of 32 million. Malaysia could learn from Indonesia.