Prof James Chin is Professor of Asian Studies, University of Tasmania. He was the inaugural Director of the Asia Institute, University of Tasmania. He is also Senior Fellow, Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur. He is an expert on the governance issues in Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia and Singapore. He also works on island states in the South Pacific. His views are regularly sought by major news agencies around the world, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, BBC World TV, CNBC and Bloomberg.
Yes, the Chinese protests are about politics and freedom. But they are also about what COVID might do if it is let loose now
While a lot of attention has been given to the unprecedented protests in China about the “dynamic zero COVID” policy, not much has been written about the wider political context, and particularly the young people leading the protests. Continue reading »
Many people think we are in for a quick regime change given that UMNO, the biggest party in the ruling coalition withdrew its support last week. It could not be further from the truth. I will try to explain why Muhyiddin administration is likely to survive the UMNO challenge but will remain politically unstable for Continue reading »