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Anurag Viswanath

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Hong Kong—A revolution is rewritten

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Anurag Viswanath Hong Kong’s Basic Law (mini-constitution) concedes that the aim is for Hong Kongers to employ universal suffrage to elect the chief executive, after nomination by a representative committee. In the last few months, protestors in Hong Kong have... More »

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RCEP: Malaysia negotiates better terms from China

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Anurag Viswanath Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamed At 94, and still going strong, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamed is somewhat the grand old man of Malaysian politics. Mahathir, has been in the news since his meteoric political comeback from political wilderness, lea... More »

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Hong Kong protests go beyond just democratisation

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Anurag Viswanath Hong Kong is of prime importance to China. China and Hong Kong tied under “One Country, Two Systems” has China focussing on the first half “One Country” with recent plans of introducing “patriotic education” in Hong Kong. Hong Kongers eye the ... More »

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How China does a volte-face in Hong Kong

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Anurag Viswanath For China, Hong Kong was a grand experiment to prove to the world (and Taiwan) that China’s authoritarianism was, in fact, benign. At last, the extradition Bill whereby Hongkongers could be extradited to China for trial has been withdrawn. Chi... More »

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North Korea walks diplomatic tightrope

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Anurag Viswanath While North Korea did not reap economic dividends from Trump’s visit, Xi’s visit led to China’s support for an SEZ and for New Yalu Bridge (Illustration: Rohnit Phore) If not the very eventful days of 2019, then the summer of 2019 was a spate ... More »

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Why did China back down in Hong Kong?

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Anurag Viswanath An extradition Bill that made an allowance for the extradition of criminals in Hong Kong (and those criminals who passed by the city) to mainland China sparked off large-scale mass protests in Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) o... More »