The way the defence force is structured and the weapons deployed sends a message beyond the words.
The Chinese Communist Party is employing familiar tactics
to assert its rule. When co-opting fails, coerce or silence.
A campaign by the daughter of the Philippines’ Rodrigo
Duterte hovers somewhere between rumour and reality.
New Delhi can talk up ties all it likes, but Moscow’s eyes are also looking east – to Beijing.
Ensuring a consistent approach to the “rules” would make it that much harder for China to break them.
Hanoi and Pyongyang have had their share of differences,
but they also have a long historical connection.
In an unexpected announcement, Indonesian President Joko (Jokowi) Widodo this month called upon Indonesia’s military and police leadership to “improve supervision to ensure that the implementation of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law can be in compliance with the principle of accountability and provide the public sense of justice”.
In February, the United Kingdom became the first nation to formally apply to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the 11 country free trade deal spanning Asia and the Pacific.
Facebook might be a social media behemoth, its reach and power made apparent when Australian users saw local news rubbed off their screens from Thursday in response to new media laws, but the platform is also just one among an ever-growing online milieu. China has WeChat, the world has Twitter, and now India has Koo, a homegrown microblogging platform that is seeing surging numbers of users.