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China loses grip on Indian Ocean as economy continues to sink

Michael Sainsbury Within the high walls of Zhongnanhai, the sprawling Chinese Communist Party leadership compound in central Beijing, there would have been conniptions after Maithripala Sirisena ran over the top of incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in last Thursday’s Sri Lankan presidential elections. Democracy had punched a hole in the CCP’s Indian Ocean strategy, commonly known as

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Xi Jinping pivots to ASEAN

Michael Sainsbury Bangkok China stepped up its diplomatic charm offensive in South East Asia this month as U.S. President Barack Obama canceled his visit to the region amid U.S. paralysis over government funding and debt. In Obama’s absence, China’s leaders offered trade and investment deals to boost the country’s presence across Southeast Asia. Regional enthusiasm

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Australia, the ASEAN refugee?

Michael Sainsbury Jakarta As the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) race toward their goal of a regional economic community by 2015, forging trade and strategic agreements and luring foreign investment along the way, a once-active regional player has quietly slipped from its earlier objectives. Australia’s increasingly mixed fortunes in

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Our Asia Wide Perspective

Michael Sainsbury Jakarta Little Red Blog apologises for the lack of content in recent week as we have been touring around South East Asia. As a result of that from today we will begin to focus not just on China but on its neighbours in South East, North and South Asia. The China story, while

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