Political history of Asia as a whole
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History of Asia in general
The history of
Nanhai (South China Sea) and the Spratly Islands
History of Asian internal political dynamics
- Asians and Democracy
- By Barry Wain. From Contours, Bangalore. 11 September,
1996. Asia's rising bourgeoisie not necessarily attracted to
- Across Asia, Stirrings of Democracy;
Stirrings Cast Doubt on Asians' Fabled Indifference to
- By Keith B. Richburg, Washington Post, 16
December 1997. While a few regional leaders still advocate
the idea of "Asian values," that prize stability and
consensus while eschewing Western-style emphasis on
political conflict, a more complex reality is emerging,
a slow move toward more pluralism and openness.
- Delegates to peace meeting harassed
- From South China Morning Post 3 March 3 1998.
Human rights advocates ridiculed the notion of "Asian
values" as a Bangkok conference to discuss peace in East
Timor was invaded by Thai police out of fears it could offend
Indonesia during a visit to Jakarta by Thai Prime Minister
History of external political penetration of Asia
- Sheathing Asian Weapons
- Christian Science Monitor, Editorial. 30 April,
1997. The US and the Asian arms race.
- US calls for unrestricted presence
- By Brendan Pereira, in Staits Times, 13 January
1998. At Fourth Pacific Dialogue, US calls for a flexible
and unrestricted American military presence in Asia. U.S.'
friends should help keep the the U.S. anchored in the
region. U.S. accepts no military operational constraints in
the region, and looks to alliance with Australia and China
to dominate Asia.
- Security Conference Focus on the Global
South, Alternative Security Program
- From Focus on the Global South, 10 June
1998. Limitations on traditional statist definition of
security. Globalization as a threat to security in the new
sense, which provides a rationale for external intervention.
- Howard Doctrine: Resurrection of White
- By Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader and DAP
Secretary-General, Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya, 24
September 1999. The Howard Doctrine for Australia to be the
United States' deputy international policeman for Asia [is]
an arrogant resurrection of "White Man's Burden" and
is highly offensive to Asians.
- Hands off Domestic Politics, say Asian
- By Thalif Deen, IPS, 27 September 1999. Sri Lanka, India
and China warn the United Nations to not interfere in
domestic political issues at the expense of national
sovereignty. Relevance of US-led military intervention in
Kosovo without Security Council authorisation. A new balance
between sovereignty and other values should be struck
knowingly, and with eyes open.