Matthew Abbey, Asia Sentinel

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Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Past articles by Matthew:

Crime, Terror, and Porous Borders in Southeast Asia

Jihadis will benefit from weak border security unless regional governments step in → Read More

China pushing for stability in Afghanistan to meet its own ends

RATHER than filling the void of the United States, China is trying to play a constructive role in Afghanistan to enhance domestic security. After all, instability in Afghanistan fuels the ambitions, capabilities, and impacts of terrorist organisations in Xinjiang, the historic homeland of the Uighur ethnic group in western China. → Read More

No rights for the Rohingya: Bangladesh PM words will fall upon deaf ears

In the famous words of Hannah Arendt: “a man who is nothing but a man has lost the very qualities which make it possible for other people to treat him as a fellow man.” Such is the fate of the ethnic Rohingya bouncing between South and Southeast Asia. The Rohingya are being denied citizenship rights at every corner, which deprives them of a political community. As a result, they have become a… → Read More

China and Burma are pursuing a relationship with mismatched priorities

On Thursday, Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw embarked on a trip to China. The two governments will discuss politics and economics throughout the six-day trip, but the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Myanmar is unlikely to be prioritised. → Read More

Pakistan-South Africa deal a milestone for improved defence ties

IN a clear sign that Pakistan and South Africa are moving towards improving defence cooperation and production, both nations recently inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU). → Read More

Boost to Sino-Australian ties as China launches charm offensive Down Under

DURING a bilateral meeting on Friday, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chinese premier Li Keqiang secured a new trade deal that will grant 36 Australian beef exporters licenses for China. → Read More

Pakistan Day parade highlights regional partnerships

IN one of the most symbolic acts of cooperation, Chinese and Pakistani soldiers have marched side by side in Islamabad to celebrate the day when Muslims started advocating for an independent state in British India. → Read More

The EU must keep up with new technologies

Surveillance technologies infiltrating computer systems of human rights activists can result in their imprisonment or death. There will be a hearing on dual-use exports in the European Parliament, March 21, 2017. → Read More

The politics behind Pakistan’s first census in nearly two decades

PAKISTAN will on Wednesday begin conducting its first national census in 19 years. The census will be much more than a count, however, it will determine the power of ethnic groups. → Read More

Rule of law in Burma faces another test as violence rattles northeast

MORE than 20,000 people have fled ongoing violence between ethnic minorities and security officials in northern Burma (Myanmar), arriving in camps on the Chinese side of the border. The violence is jeopardising the democratisation process initiated by the National League for Democracy (NLD). → Read More

Pakistan: Moves to integrate tribal areas in the northwest

PAKISTAN is taking steps to integrate its tribal areas, formally known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan, amidst a crackdown on terrorism. → Read More