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A man uses a bottle to feed his newborn baby.
A man uses a bottle to feed his newborn baby.

Baby Formula Marketing Practices Are Still Too Aggressive

While American mothers can’t find enough formula, a new WHO report details why parents are getting too much in other parts of the world.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures to U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures to U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Washington Worries China Is Winning Over Thailand

One of the United States’ oldest security partners in Asia is increasingly marching to Beijing’s music.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen shows his ballot to the media as he casts his vote at a polling station during local elections in Kandal province, Cambodia, on June 5.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen shows his ballot to the media as he casts his vote at a polling station during local elections in Kandal province, Cambodia, on June 5.

Hun Sen Stands in the Way of His Own Succession Plan

Cambodia’s prime minister has outmaneuvered political opponents and groomed his oldest son for power, but does he know when to walk away?

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele (left) escorts Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) on his arrival at the Honiara International Airport in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on May 25.
Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele (left) escorts Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) on his arrival at the Honiara International Airport in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on May 25.

Don’t Overreact to China’s Solomon Islands Plans

Naval power projection is a long way out for Beijing still.

Cambodian navy personnel are seen walking along a jetty.
Cambodian navy personnel are seen walking along a jetty.

Washington Should Chill About China’s Cambodia Base

Americans need to recognize their own ugly history in Southeast Asia.

Members of the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force run during training at their base camp in a forest in Myanmar's eastern Kayah state.
Members of the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force run during training at their base camp in a forest in Myanmar's eastern Kayah state.

Myanmar Military Carries Out Atrocities in the East, Too

A distracted international community hasn’t been watching.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd greets then-federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese.
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd greets then-federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese.

Kevin Rudd: Australia’s China Policy Requires a ‘Realist Premise’

“China ultimately respects strength and is contemptuous of weakness,” the former Australian prime minister said.

A supporter of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. holds pictures of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos, at a campaign rally
A supporter of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. holds pictures of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos, at a campaign rally

The Echoes of America’s Hypocrisy Abroad

Decades of Western support for dictators have caused a crisis of democracy.

Solomon Islander Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Solomon Islander Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Australia’s Got a Solomon Islands Headache (Again)

China’s expansion into the South Pacific caught Australia and the United States off guard.

Clive Palmer, chairman of the United Australia Party, prepares to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, on April 7.
Clive Palmer, chairman of the United Australia Party, prepares to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, on April 7.

How a Pair of Mining Fortunes Will Shape the Australian Election

Two wealthy men with opposing political views are riding a wave of discontent with the major parties.

A grid of video screens shows U.S President Joe Biden attends a virtual summit with ASEAN leaders/
A grid of video screens shows U.S President Joe Biden attends a virtual summit with ASEAN leaders/

Biden and Xi Struggle to Compete in Asia

What do the two superpowers have in common as they woo the region? Flawed strategies.

Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

New Philippine President Marcos Is No Duterte on Foreign Policy

Monday’s victor intends to defend sovereignty against China and prioritize the U.S. alliance.

U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz (right) shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials during the arrival of the USNS Mercy in Nha Trang in central Vietnam on May 17, 2018.
U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz (right) shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials during the arrival of the USNS Mercy in Nha Trang in central Vietnam on May 17, 2018.

Vietnam Relations Are a Quiet U.S. Victory Already

There’s no need to empower hard-liners by a potentially provocative upgrade.

South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol dines with Maj. Gen. David Lesperance, commander of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division, and other soldiers at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on April 7.
South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol dines with Maj. Gen. David Lesperance, commander of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division, and other soldiers at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on April 7.

Ukraine Has Asia Thinking About War

The return of major conflict is leading Asian countries to boost their militaries.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Why Corruption Thrives in the Philippines

A Marcos might soon be back in power in Manila. That’s because political dynasties are more powerful than parties.

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