An update on Hong Kong as new security laws loom

17 Jun 2020 By Hayley Shiel-Rood

As the threat of COVID-19 appears to recede, protesters are once again returning to the streets of Hong Kong. In recent weeks, the Chinese Congress has announced and carried new security laws intended to combat secessionist rebellion within the city. The laws were met with mass protest, and to many Hong Kongers they signal the end of ‘One Country, Two Systems’.

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Vietnam’s strong response to COVID-19 offers lessons for the Indo-Pacific

17 Jun 2020 By Kyle Springer

The struggles of many well-resourced Western countries to contain COVID-19 stands in sharp contrast to the experience of Vietnam. Though a smaller developing economy, Vietnam has successfully brought its outbreak under control

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India Begins to Unwind: The View from Mumbai in May

04 Jun 2020 By Hugo Seymour

Not a month into Greg Wilcock’s tenure as Australia’s new Consul General to Mumbai, did India’s most populous city embark on the nation-wide COVID-19 lockdown. On March 24, following a televised address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s 1.3 billion people shut down non-essential economic and social activity in an attempt to curtail the spread of the virus.

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Australia’s trade reliability crucial to our prosperity

04 Jun 2020 By Hugo Seymour

Australia’s trading success cannot be put down to our minerals, energy and agricultural endowments alone. Our nation’s real edge is our capacity to securely and reliably supply products and services, at a high quality, to countries in need of a secure and reliable provider.

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Mapping Indonesia’s Infrastructure ‘Gaps’

03 Jun 2020 By Kyle Springer

As Indonesia has grown over the past decades, infrastructure has suffered from chronic underinvestment and strain. President Joko Widodo has made infrastructure a priority and its development has become a feature of his popular appeal.

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His Excellency Mr Baeksoon Lee: A Reflection on Australia-South Korea Relations

25 May 2020 By Gemma King

On Thursday 21 May, the Perth USAsia Centre hosted His Excellency Mr Baeksoon Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (RoK) to Australia for an online private dialogue, convened under Chatham House Rule.

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Four lockdowns and four stimulus packages – suppressing COVID-19, India turns to the economy

25 May 2020 By Hugo Seymour

Since the Perth USAsia Centre’s India Update in early April, India has remained in various stages of national lockdown. To suppress the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi first announced lockdown on 24th March - and has subsequently extended it three times.

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Perth USAsia Centre Chimes in on Global Conversation

18 May 2020 By Tammy Wayne-Elliot, Jeffrey Wilson

Last week, our Research Director, Dr Jeffrey Wilson was called upon by media throughout the country and some international agencies to offer expertise and insight following China’s move to stop importing barley from Australia, and their ceasing of imports from four Australian abattoirs.

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Covid-19 shouldn’t stop Australia, India and Japan from developing stronger ties

15 May 2020 By Gemma King, Hugo Seymour

Despite the Covid-19 crisis, geopolitical competition is not going into hibernation. With relations between the US and China taking a further adversarial turn, it is imperative that Australia find ways to continue strengthening and diversifying its strategic relationships.

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