Cod Satrusayang

About Cod Satrusayang

Cod Satrusayang is the Managing Editor at Asia News Network.

Diplomacy, Economics

A world without America

While the United States grapples with its internal demons, the world and Asia are moving on without the sole superpower.

Analysis, Politics

Pakistan, terrorism and elections

A deadly suicide bombing highlights Pakistan’s tenuous political and terrorism-related situation ahead of the July 25 polls.

Curiosity, Politics

Restore Taj Mahal or demolish it: Supreme Court to local government

India’s Supreme Court told Uttar Pradesh’s local government that it must come up with a way to preserve the iconic monument or demolish it.

Diplomacy

What just happened in North Korea?

The supposedly short march to denuclearization lengthens as Pompeo-North meeting goes awry.

Analysis, Economics

The great trade war has started

The United States imposed 25 percent tariffs on Chinese imports after midnight Thursday, firing the first salvo in a trade war that can see the world engulfed in reciprocal tariffs.

Analysis, Economics

China courts the EU as global trade war against US heats up

Both Chinese state media and diplomats have been courting the EU as countries across the globe put in place retaliatory tariffs against the United States.

Opinion

Ease trapped boys back into normal life

A child psychologist offers advice on easing the cave-trapped boys in Thailand back into normal life while they await rescue.

Politics

Najib pleads not guilty

Former Malaysian Prime Minister pleads not guilty to charges of corruption.

Analysis, Diplomacy

North Korea update: Hiding nuclear program and cozying up to China

Reports are that North Korea is trying to hide key elements of its nuclear weapons program.

Analysis, Diplomacy, Politics

Rohingya Crisis: Where are we now

Over a year after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, no end is in sight for the Rohingya crisis.

Analysis, Diplomacy

After Kim-Trump summit, concrete actions needed.

The summit is over and done, now comes the hard part.

Politics

Kashmir comes under central rule

The restive province fails to reach a political compromise bringing under direct government control for the eighth time in four decades.

Analysis, Opinion

Thai education flounders despite massive investment

Despite pouring millions of dollars into its education system, Thailand’s test scores lag far behind its neighbours.

Economics

China–US trade standoff heats up again

Is the United States and China’s on-again, off-again trade war on-again.

Analysis, Opinion

Editorial round up on Trump-Kim meeting

A look at Asian editorials ahead of the Trump-Kim meeting from our partner papers.

Curiosity, Diplomacy

North Korea and the rest of Asia

Not all countries in Asia have an antagonistic relationship with Pyongyang.

Diplomacy

For a successful summit, Trump must silence hawks

The Trump-Kim summit is set for next week in Singapore but Trump needs to rein in his hawks to ensure its success.

Curiosity

California feels the effect of China’s waste ban

An unforeseen side of the trade war has California struggling to find a solution to its waste disposal problem.

Diplomacy, Economics

The trade saga continues between the US and China

Despite an earlier trade agreement between the United States and China, the trade relationship remains fragile between the world’s two largest economies.

News, Politics

1MDB investigation reopened: the case so far

Three years after the 1MDB scandal first made headlines, the case has finally been reopened – and Malaysia seems to be getting some answers.

Opinion, Politics

What’s Thailand four-year-old coup given us anyway?

Four years after it toppled a democratically elected government, Thailand’s military government is fast losing support and has failed to live up to its promises.

Analysis, Diplomacy

North Korea roundup

The on-again, off-again summit breaths new life, here is a roundup of reactions and related stories.

Diplomacy, Economics, Opinion

China better economic choice than US for the EU?

The EU should begin diversifying its outlook, and China should certainly be on its radar, argues one investor.

Diplomacy, Economics

China and US reach trade agreement after earlier grandstanding

Special envoys from the US and Chinese presidents reach an agreement to halt further trade-war escalation.

Politics

Malaysia general election coverage

The heated campaign trail has ended, Malaysia’s general election will decide the public’s appetite for more Najib or an old familiar name in Mahathir.

Analysis, Diplomacy

US rhetoric threatens North Korean peace talks

Peace talks and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula are threatened by the administration’s continued credit-taking and rhetoric.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Myanmar must be held accountable for Rohingya crisis

International voices are calling for Myanmar to take responsibility for the Rohingya crisis and for crimes committed by its forces.

Analysis, Diplomacy, Politics

No easy solutions as UNSC visits Myanmar and Bangladesh

A United Nations Security Council visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh finds no easy solution to the Rohingya crisis.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Concrete actions and reactions after Korean Summit

A recap of the concrete actions, the possible future actions and global reactions to the Korean Summit.

Diplomacy, Opinion

Moon, not Trump, deserves peace prize considerations

Forget the western pundits and lawmakers claiming that Trump deserves the peace prize, it is Moon Jae-in that needs to be considered for the award.

Analysis, Opinion

Editorial round-up from around the region

A round-up of the most important and relevant editorials from ANN partners.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Abe, Trump summit sees stronger N Korea stance

US president Donald Trump has emerged from a two-day bilateral with Shinzo Abe with a stronger line on North Korea.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Myanmar’s problematic Rohingya repatriation program

Critics accuse Naypyidaw of orchestrating a publicity stunt after the government said it had repatriated five Rohingya refugees.

Diplomacy, Economics

Xi criticizes protectionism, cold war mentality at business conference

Chinese President Xi Jinping rebuked protectionism and pledged to uphold the international order at a business conference on Tuesday.

Diplomacy, Economics

China takes on US in trade war as Asia makes other plans

China has engaged Washington in a series of reciprocal tariffs – while the rest of Asia watches and makes other plans.

Analysis, Curiosity

Editor’s Conversation: Explaining the caste system

Cod Satrusayang and Lamat Hasan have a conversation about the caste system in India.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Xi, Kim meeting raises questions; cause for optimism in Asia

Kim Jong-un’s visit to Beijing this past week has raised questions and is a cause for muted optimism across Asia.

Analysis, Opinion

What John Bolton could mean for Asia

John Bolton’s appointment as National Security Adviser could spell significant changes in US relationships around Asia.

Analysis, Politics

Asian nations wary after Cambridge Analytica revelations

Revelations that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to help its clients in election campaigning has Asian nations concerned.

Analysis, Politics

Elections in Asia are not a cure-all, panel says

Elections being held across Asia this year and next will not be a panacea to the region’s ills, a panel of experts concluded.

Analysis, Politics

Duterte pulls Philippines out of ICC; accuses body of politicizing drug war

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has pulled his country out of the International Criminal Court with his government accusing the ICC of politicizing local affairs.

Analysis

Assessing China’s maritime strength

Far removed from the Soviet sell-off vessels it had in the 70s and 80s, China’s maritime forces have rapidly modernized to meet the challenges of the country’s new geo-political reality.

Diplomacy, Economics

China hopes to capitalize on UK exit from the Eurozone

With the UK set to exit the Eurozone, Beijing is hoping that its goods and services can penetrate a market once marked by heavy regulation.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Xi calls for reform of institutions as China steps into a new global role

Xi Jinping has called for reform of party and state institutions to facilitates China’s ascendency, weeks after proposals were put forth to make him president for life.

Diplomacy, Economics, Politics

Hun Sen does not need the west, he has China

The firebrand leader of Cambodia has railed against foreign intervention while courting Chinese goods and investment.

Curiosity, Opinion

Fake news and the heart of discourse

A recent panel in Manila questions whether fake news and campaigns of disinformation have destroyed public discourse and changed society for the worse.

Politics

China paves way for Xi’s extended rule

China’s Communist Party has proposed scrapping its two-term limit on the presidency paving way for Xi Jinping to continue his rule.

Analysis, Politics

Thai junta postpones election but for a reason

The rejection by Thailand’s military government of seven proposed election commissioners is the latest set back for Thailand’s return to democracy.

Analysis, Economics

America first has Asia looking inwards

Donald Trump’s America first policy may protect US interests but it has the added effect of increasing Asian dialogue and promoting Chinese prestige.

Economics

Foxconn’s proposed IPO a reflection of China’s economy

Industrial manufacturer Foxconn’s possible listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange has investors interested and signal the changing nature of China’s economic reform.

Diplomacy

A tale of two Olympics

The winter Olympics is due to begin in PyeongChang, South Korea on Friday amid fanfare and controversy.

Politics

Malaysia’s fake news law will not be confined to political space

Proposed laws to curb the spread of fake news will not be confined to political space says government.

Politics

Maldives political crisis explained

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency on Monday prompting outcry from Western countries over Yameen’s growing authoritarianism.

Analysis, Economics

Asia’s Aging Population

Once predicted to be the Asian century, the 21st century may actually see many countries in Asia coming to grips with its aging population.

Economics

China to roll out new reforms to open up economy

China to take new measures to open up economy, some measures to exceed expectations of international community.

Economics

Economic Disparity: A Bridge Too Far

Forget hard work and talent, the real determinant of future success is wealth.

Analysis

Country Profile: Sri Lanka

A cursory look at Sri Lanka and the forces that shape her going into the 21st century.