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Facebook’s push into Asia-Pacific runs into political hurdles

Hannah Murphy and John Reed, Financial Times – 6 January 2021 Mark Zuckerberg managed to conquer the west in building his Facebook empire, however now that the growth in usage of the social media platform in this region has flattened out, he has set his sights on the APAC region. Penetrating this market has not…

A stunning assault in Washington

The Straits Times – 8 January 2021 Just as other nations within the region, Singapore’s news outlets have expressed their shock at The Capitol riots and leaders have called for peace and advocated for stability and order. The nations are adjoined in both trade and security initiatives and Singapore is a strong supporter of the…

American Carnage

The Jakarta Post – 8 January 2021 This article in The Jakarta Post, an Indonesian English-language newspaper, describes the scenes that unfolded at The Capitol on Wednesday and the outgoing president’s role in it. There is a prevailing theme among reporting on the event from all Asian countries: this was the culmination of four years…

DisUnited States

New Straits Times – 5 January 2021 Relations between Malaysia and the U.S. have been somewhat complex over the years: the two nations cooperate closely on security and are significant trading partners, however Malaysian perceptions of America have been damaged since Trump’s election and his following’s Islamophobic rhetoric. This article by New Straits Times presents…

Heartbreak, humiliation and tragedy for the United States

The Japan Times – 7 January 2021 This unforgiving headline was seen in The Japan Times’ article on the shocking events that unfolded at The Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Japan’s reaction to the riots are a mirror of many states around the world, particularly that of close allies of the U.S.. Relations…

HOW DOES ASIA VIEW THE US ELECTIONS? IS ‘DEMOCRACY AT WORK’ ATTRACTIVE?

Chairman and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, Roddy Gow OBE, has recently had the following article published in the Scotsman. As we have watched the drama play out on television and in the press that has been the US Presidential Election of 2020, how is this seen by others? Even in Scotland where we…

The World China Wants

How Power Will—and Won’t—Reshape Chinese Ambitions Rana Mitter, Foreign Affairs – January/February 2021 China’s ambitious plans on the global stage and prime position in world affairs can without doubt be attributed to their leaders’ recognition of the states’ history and reflects the new lens through which the country wishes to be understood. Their soft power…

The never-ending political game of Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad

This article was originally published in Brookings by Sophie Lemière Former autocrat and self-reinvented democrat Mahathir Mohamad won the 2018 general elections, but less than two years later, the democratic fairy tales ended. In January 2020, under pressure from internal dissenters in his coalition, Mahathir resigned from the government. The old ruling party (United Malay…