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Tough words from Cambodia’s PM, but will they stop the Myanmar junta killing activists?

Tough words from Cambodia’s PM, but will they stop the Myanmar junta killing activists?

Cambodia’s prime minister almost sounded like a measured and reasonable national leader when he censured Myanmar for the recent execution of four opposition activists, noting the killings “deeply disappointed and disturbed” members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The executions by the Myanmar junta went ahead, Hun Sen said last week, “despite the appeals …read more

From ‘Lord of War’ to American bargaining chip: the life and crimes of Viktor Bout

From ‘Lord of War’ to American bargaining chip: the life and crimes of Viktor Bout

Dramatically called the Lord of War and the Merchant of Death, the convicted Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout, now sitting out a 25-year prison sentence in a US federal prison in Illinois, has been reduced to the status of a “substantial” bargaining chip. The US government has offered to swap Bout, who was scooped up in …read more

With the US at a weak point, is Xi gearing up to echo Putin by tackling Taiwan?

With the US at a weak point, is Xi gearing up to echo Putin by tackling Taiwan?

The complicated dance of Taiwan diplomacy is becoming increasingly fraught, with a mooted August visit to the beleaguered territory by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi creating any number of potholes to trip up unwary politicians and unsettle the delicate balance of US-China relations. US President Joe Biden is expected to discuss these Taiwan tensions with …read more

Lost in Translation : Chinese papers nicking English-language work

Lost in Translation : Chinese papers nicking English-language work

Australia’s Chinese-language Sing Tao newspaper may routinely steal articles from the internet and from Australian newspapers and magazines, yet it has been congratulated by the NSW Parliament and this year it won an industry award. Sing Tao Editor Vincent Ho recently admitted to the theft of a 2,500 word feature article I wrote for the …read more