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  • 20 Feb 2019 16:00

    Courting change in Malaysia

    A combination of progress and hesitation is evident under Malaysia’s new rule, amid fear political turmoil will drag on.

  • 20 Feb 2019 14:00

    Responding to cyber attacks: resilience and transparency is key

    Yes, Australia’s security was tested, but keeping it secret won’t help the public accept inevitable dangers to networks.

  • 20 Feb 2019 12:30

    Demystifying Kashmir

    The readiness of India and Pakistan to hurl accusations – and maybe worse – ignores injustice and poverty on the ground.

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Nonresident Fellow
Lowy Institute
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Areas of ExpertiseChina; Chinese foreign and domestic policy; Chinese development policy
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Time for Team Washington to change the script

Recently two high-level dialogues involving China were held and at both, China and its interlocutors largely talked past each other, achieving very little genuine communication or progress. The continued determination of both Beijing and Team Washington (for want of a better collective description

The Cultural Revolution, then and now

It has been (arguably) 50 years since the start of one of the greatest, but least well understood, social upheavals of modern history. The Chinese Cultural Revolution, overseen by Mao Zedong, has been in the news in the West and in China both because of this anniversary, and because of controversy

It takes two to Thucydides

There has been a lot of talk of late in the security and international relations community about the Thucydides trap, and more specifically that China and the US find themselves in one. But there are two important problems with the way the maxim is being used that have more than just academic

How did the Chinese media cover Xi Jinping's US visit?

By Dr Merriden Varrall, the Lowy Institute's East Asia Program Director, and Jackson Kwok, an intern in the East Asia Program. Given the somewhat rocky few months President Xi Jinping has endured, his state visit to the US provided an ideal opportunity to reinforce his domestic legitimacy and his

How did the Chinese media cover Xi Jinping's US visit?

[youtube;2xOt90jpGbM] Given the somewhat rocky few months President Xi Jinping has endured, his state visit to the US provided an ideal opportunity to reinforce his domestic legitimacy and his success in steering China towards achieving its dream of national rejuvenation. The Chinese media has

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