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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

It is AFP’s fault Sukumaran and Chan are on death row — and AFP needs to step up to help save them

Indonesia has a hardline approach to the death penalty for those involved in the Indonesian drug trade. But Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were not involved in the Indonesian drug trade, writes an Australian crown prosecutor and former resident of Indonesia.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Is MH370 in Kazakhstan? On faking that crucial ping

All of the searches for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are assuming the plane turned south. But what if it turned north?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 3 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s cavalier disdain for foreign policy will cost lives

Don’t believe everything you read — Tony Abbott’s not doing any better overseas than he is here.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 1 UNLOCK?

Indonesia selective on capital punishment (and that’s very bad for Chan and Sukumaran)

Indonesia has a track record of affording clemency to its own citizens charged with drug offences, but foreigners are unlikely to get a reprieve, writes policy analyst Sarah Gill.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

The remains of MH370 are officially nowhere

Authorities continue to bungle the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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SALLY WHYTE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 4 UNLOCK?

Hope and justice: Australia holds vigils for Chan and Sukumaran

Last night, heartfelt vigils for Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were held around Australia.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 1 UNLOCK?

In the Year of the Goat, we must bell the Chinese cat

Despite the optimistic posturing of Australia’s Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens, China’s economy is in trouble, and it’s time for Australia to readjust its policies to recognise the looming downturn.

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GUY RUNDLE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 38 UNLOCK?

Rundle: how to save the Bali Nine

Smug moral superiority won’t save Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. What’s required is an audacious creativity. But what are the odds the Abbott government has got the resolve to make it happen?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 4

Could Aung San Suu Kyi become president of Myanmar?

As Myanmar’s ruling government is pushing for regressive legislation amounting to religious apartheid, Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes a bold play for democracy.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 1

India rises, as China comes to rain on Japan’s parade

The global pivot to Asia just became a little more complex. As everyone jostles for a bigger slice of the power pie, the Abbott government is left with some tough decisions to make on Australia’s future relationship with China.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC |

TransAsia crash raises uncomfortable truths about air safety

The February 4 crash of a TransAsia ATR turbo-prop into a river near Taipei is not “just another unfortunate turbo-prop crash”. It has wide-ranging implications for Taiwanese air safety.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 3

A former Kerobokan prisoner pleads: spare the lives of the Bali Nine

Xander, a former prisoner at Indonesia’s notorious Kerobokan prison, pleads for mercy for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 1

Are the Bali Nine executions legal?

Indonesia’s recent “bundling” approach to application of capital punishment sentences seems as strange as it does distressing, writes policy analyst Sarah Gill.

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ASIA-PACIFIC |

While we look away, Bali Nine prepare for their grim fate

Far from home, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are expected to be executed this week. Sarah Gill, policy analyst and volunteer for the Mercy Campaign, says we let it get this far because we weren’t paying attention.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

China’s party men concerned as anti-corruption campaign claims scalps

Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign is opaque, utterly devoid of due process — and hurting big business.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 6

Yingluck is right, democracy is dead in Thailand

The military junta that controls Thailand is looking every inch a dictatorship.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

AirAsia pilots said to have cut off flight computers before crash

There are now competing claims as to whether everything on the A320 had been properly maintained or not, with a new report indicating the pilots may have cut power to a critical computer system.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Coincidence? MH370 search vessels converge in the Indian Ocean

Coincidences mount in the search for MH370 as Malaysian authorities prepare to release an interim report on the flight’s mystery disappearance.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Meet Pakistan’s all-singing, all-dancing, burqa-wearing free speech defenders

A Pakistani theatre company threw caution to the wind by performing a controversial, satirical play about burqas and freedom of expression.

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GUY RUNDLE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Rundle: did the AFP trade away the lives of the Bali Nine?

If Australian nationality means anything, the Australian government needs to do everything in its power to prevent its citizens — even the ratbag, drug-smuggling ones — from being executed abroad.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

What we know so far about the AirAsia QZ8501 crash

Did AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash because of bad weather? Pilot error? Damage to the jet?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

China’s economic slowdown is bad — and it’s only going to get worse

Anyone depending on Chinese demand for resources (like, say, Australia) should be very worried about the quickly decelerating growth in the Chinese economy.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Is AirAsia to blame for last month’s deadly crash?

Did AirAsia adequately prepare its pilots and ensure that the A320 was in good working order?

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SALLY WHYTE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Manus hunger strikers ‘a recipe for disaster’: doctor

A Sydney doctor and refugee advocate says the hunger-striking asylum seekers on Manus Island are not receiving proper medical care — and the results could be deadly.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Australia bets it all on India’s coal market

Tony Abbott has appointed Rio Tinto’s CEO to the Australia-India CEO Forum, doubling down on Australia’s commitment to mining coal for Indian consumption. What could possibly go wrong?

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