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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2 UNLOCK?

Tough love from Singapore’s founding father

The death of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew should remind us that much as he gave Malcolm Fraser some excellent tough-love advice, it might be time to return the favour.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | ASIA-PACIFIC | 5

The death penalty continues because we want it to

The problem for anti-death penalty campaigners is that capital punishment is in fact very popular.

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GUY RUNDLE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 6 UNLOCK?

Rundle: what we can do now to save Chan and Sukumaran

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran could be granted a few more months before their executions. Those who want to campaign for them should not let this time go to waste.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

AirAsia X blames the crash of flight QZ8501 for refund delays

The decision to delay refunds to customers of AirAsia X flights is unforgivable.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC | 12

What really happened to MH370: the most likely case

A secret smuggling operation for gold bullion, an American shoot-down, a Russian plot by way of Kazakhstan? The most likely explanation for the disappearance of MH370 might be the most chilling of all.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 1

Half the sky: Australia needs to stand up for women’s rights in Asia

China has detained at least seven women’s rights activists in the last few days. This is unacceptable — and Australia must speak up.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 5

What will be the consequences of Bali Nine pair’s execution?

What will the “consequences” be for Indonesia if it goes ahead with the planned execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan? Foreign policy experts weigh in.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

China chokes under both an economic and literal smog

China’s Communist Party faces two challenges this month: how to recover its ailing economy, and how to deal with a controversial new documentary about Chinese air pollution.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC | 5

MH370, one year on: what is Malaysia hiding?

There are many theories about the disappearance of MH370, some plausible, others less so. But one thing that has been firmly established by now is that the Malaysian government has lied about the plane from the first.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 3

Hepatitis A scandal leaves China FTA up shit creek

Australian businesses, media and government are slowly coming to the realisation that China’s booming economy is not going to be the answer to economic woes Down Under.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Sandilands: should we stop looking for MH370?

It now seems likely that Australia, Malaysia and China will wind up the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared a year ago this week.

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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 |

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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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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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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 |

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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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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