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Ongoing coverage of COVID–19 in Asia is brought to you by Diplomat?Risk?Intelligence, The?Diplomat’s consulting and analysis division.

5 Books to Understand 2020
December 24, 2020

5 Books to Understand 2020

By Abhijnan Rej
Geopolitical tensions on top of a pandemic has made 2020 a turning point for many countries. Here are five books to understand the year better – and what the future may hold.

After Months of Calm, Thailand Grapples with Virus Outbreak
December 24, 2020

After Months of Calm, Thailand Grapples with Virus Outbreak

By Associated Press
The surge of cases in Samut Sakhon province threatens to undo months of efforts to contain the virus and hasten recovery of Thailand's ailing economy.?
Displaced, Stranded, Unprotected: ASEAN’s Migrant Workers
December 23, 2020

Displaced, Stranded, Unprotected: ASEAN’s Migrant Workers

By Geoffrey Ducanes, Puja Dutta and Nicola Nixon
The case for greater cooperation in the protection of ASEAN’s migrant workers.

The Lesson of 2020? Security Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does
December 23, 2020

The Lesson of 2020? Security Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

By Jacob Parakilas
And science and technology will only take us so far when it comes to future threats, conventional or otherwise.

Part-time Workers in South Korea Out of Luck
December 22, 2020

Part-time Workers in South Korea Out of Luck

By Mitch Shin
With the number of new cases rising, employers are asking part-time workers to furlough indefinitely.?

What Do Chinese People Think of Developed Countries?
December 18, 2020

What Do Chinese People Think of Developed Countries?

By Adam Y. Liu, Xiaojun Li, and Songying Fang
Perceptions of China have darkened in the United States and much of Europe. Are those feelings mutual?

The New Poor: ASEAN Tackles the Challenge of Rising Inequalities 
December 17, 2020

The New Poor: ASEAN Tackles the Challenge of Rising Inequalities?

By Puja Dutta, Deepali Khanna and Nicola Nixon
The pandemic worsened an already precarious situation for many largely due to gaps in social protection systems.
Masks Key to Keeping Japan’s COVID-19 Caseload Low
December 16, 2020

Masks Key to Keeping Japan’s COVID-19 Caseload Low

By Associated Press
Mask wearing and voluntary compliance with social distancing helped Japan avoid a full lockdown. But with cases climbing again, will Tokyo’s approach hold?

Tokyo Games Relay Opens in 100 Days With 10,000 Torchbearers
December 16, 2020

Tokyo Games Relay Opens in 100 Days With 10,000 Torchbearers

By Associated Press
Even after a year-long delay, there are questions about the safety of the massive relay effort – not to mention the Olympic Games themselves.

Pandemic Border Restrictions Crush Hong Kong’s Economy
December 16, 2020

Pandemic Border Restrictions Crush Hong Kong’s Economy

By Tej Parikh
Hong Kong's tight restrictions on travel amid COVID-19 are taking a toll on an already-suffering economy.

South Korea Prepares for Its Worst COVID-19 Scenario Yet
December 15, 2020

South Korea Prepares for Its Worst COVID-19 Scenario Yet

By Mitch Shin
Seoul has hesitated to tighten restrictions thus far, even as health authorities predict the number of daily cases might top 1,000.
Cambodia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Boondoggle
December 14, 2020

Cambodia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Boondoggle

By David Hutt
The tycoon-funded vaccine drive demonstrates the durability of the patronage state that Hun Sen has built since the 1980s. It also reveals its weaknesses.

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