Trump-Kim summit: China smiles (Merriden Varrall, The Interpreter)

As analysts and pundits rake through the breadcrumbs dropped after the Trump–Kim summit in Singapore, one thing is for certain: the People’s Republic of China (hereafter “China”) is happy.

Name shame: China’s trouble with Taiwan (Charlie Lyons Jones, Merriden Varrall, The Interpreter)

Beijing’s campaign to isolate Taiwan may be having unintended consequences that work in Taipei’s favour. Rather than weakening Taiwan’s ties with the world, China’s actions seem to be increasing sympathy for Taiwan and strengthening Taiwan’s unofficial ties in the Indo-Pacific.

Mindanao: In the face of a new, united threat, Duterte courts unorthodox alliances by Michael Coyne and Merriden Varrall, The Interpreter