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Why Hong Kong’s “zero-covid” strategy could backfire

The Economist – 6 October 2021 The people of Hong Kong can enjoy freedom within their own borders however are subject to strict immigration and quarantine rules out-with as a result of a no-toleration approach to the pandemic. The Economist explains why Hong Kong’s ‘zero-Covid’ strategy has resulted in a population with high vaccine-hesitancy and…

Asian countries are at last abandoning zero-covid strategies

The Economist – 9 October 2021 “Yet those with a good first act are struggling in the second. The coronavirus, especially the highly infectious Delta variant, usually has the last word”. According to this article on The Economist, despite the risks of low vaccination rates, Southeast Asian countries opening up their economies are right to…

Coronavirus: Southeast Asian countries choose to reopen, balancing virus with economy

Bloomberg, South China Morning Post – 13 September 2021 Despite experiencing one of the worst waves of infections, countries in Southeast Asia are slowly concluding that their un-sustainable ‘zero-Covid’ policies are crippling the domestic economy. Replicating Singapore’s strategy, they are choosing to open up their economies. Read the full article here.

Australia should bet on digital engagement with Southeast Asia

Huong Le Thu, 29 June 2021 – ASPI Strategist Late last year, Australia committed to $500 million in development aid for the Southeast Asia region, providing immediate assistance in infrastructure, public health and maritime resources. However, this article argues that Australia should invest in the region’s future, particularly in the digital and tech industry, in…

Development in Southeast Asia: Opportunities for donor collaboration, Chapter 4. Education

George Ingram – Brookings Covid-19 has turned education systems globally upside down, with the unprecedented situation closing schools completely for several months, teaching moving to home-schooling and from the classroom to online lessons. In many countries, exams have been cancelled, not just for 2020 but for 2021 as well. The full damage that the pandemic…