Asia This Week: November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

A weekly review of key news and analysis of elections in Asia and the Indo-Pacific, usually posted on Fridays and occasionally updated throughout the week.

The Melaka (Malacca) River in Malaysia, near the Strait of Malacca, a key geopolitical choke point. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Engin Akyurt – Pixabay (CC0)

Upcoming Asia/Pacific Elections

Malaysia Snap Elections: November 19, 2022

A. Ananthalakshmi and Rozanna Latiff, Reuters (November 19, 2022): Malaysia votes in general election, Anwar expected to lead tight race

Heather Chen, CNN (November 18, 2022): Malaysia is voting after years of political instability. The result is impossible to predict

Simon Elegant, Foreign Policy (November 16, 2022): There Are No Easy Choices for Malaysians at the Ballot Box: A messy array of politicians and parties are competing to win the election—and avoid jail.

Nepal Snap Elections: November 20, 2022

Kunal Purohit, South China Morning Post (November 19, 2022): Nepal election could be ‘turning point’ in delicate balance of US, China, India geopolitical interests in region

Gopal Sharma, Reuters (November 18, 2022): Explainer: Key issues in Nepal’s national elections

PTI (November 18, 2022): Nepal Prime Minister Deuba appeals citizens to make November 20 election successful: India’s Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar arrived in Nepal as an international observer for Sunday’s general elections.

Sagar Grimier, AFP (November 17, 2022): Upstarts Challenge Elderly Political Elite In Nepal Election

Taiwan Local Elections: November 26, 2022

Reuters (November 18, 2022): China threat takes centre stage in Taiwan’s local elections

Philip Hsu, Jamestown Foundation (November 18, 2022): The Changing Paradigms of Taiwan’s Grand Strategy

Stratfor (November 16, 2022): Taiwan: Opposition KMT May Sweep Local Elections

Ben Blanchard, Reuters (November 12, 2022): Taiwan belongs to Taiwanese, president says in fiery pre-election rebuff to China

Fiji General Elections: December 14, 2022

Kelvin Anthony, Radio New Zealand (November 16, 2022): Fiji election 2022: 342 candidates to contest elections

Australia,  Victoria State Elections: November 26, 2022

Corey Lee Bell, Elena Collinson, and Xunpeng Shi, The Diplomat (November 18, 2022): The Mending Australia-China Relationship: Powered by Lithium? As other liberal democracies lock down supplies, Australia’s lithium exports are an increasingly critical economic component of the Australia-China relationship.

Cambodia Parliamentary Elections: July 30, 2023 (due)

Radio Free Asia (November 16, 2022): After 5-year ban, Cambodian opposition politicians can rejoin the political fray, but half their number are kept out by convictions.

Burma Parliamentary Elections: By August 2023 (proposed – tentative, post-coup)

Matthew B. Arnold, The Irrawaddy (November 17, 2022): Myanmar Will Not Hold an ‘Election’ in August 2023

BNI (November 17, 2022): Analysts say junta’s election is nothing more than sham

David Rising, AP (November 17, 2022): Myanmar releases 4 foreigners in broad prisoner amnesty

The Irrawaddy (November 15, 2022): Malaysia Says No to Myanmar Junta’s Poll Plan

Al Jazeera (November 12, 2022): UN’s Guterres urges Myanmar generals to allow return to democracy

Asia/Pacific Elections Coming Up in 2022 and 2023

Taiwan Local Elections: November 26, 2022

Australia, Victoria State Elections: November 26, 2022

India, State Elections in Gujarat: December 1-5, 2022

Fiji Parliamentary Elections: December 14, 2022

India, State Elections in Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland: February 2023 (due)

Micronesia Parliamentary Elections: March 7, 2023

Australia, New South Wales State Elections: March 25, 2023

Bhutan National Assembly Elections: By March 2023 (due)

Thailand General Elections: May 7, 2023

Niue Elections: May 2023 (due)

India, State Elections in Karnataka: May 2023 (due)

Tonga Local Elections: June 2023 (due)

Cambodia Parliamentary Elections: July 30, 2023 (due)

Burma Parliamentary Elections: By August 2023 (proposed – tentative, post-coup)

Maldives Presidential Election: September 2023 (due)

Tuvalu General Elections: September 2023 (due)

Singapore Presidential Election: September 2023 (expected – largely ceremonial role)

New Zealand General Elections: October 2023 (expected – due by January 2024)

Bhutan Parliamentary Elections: October 2023 (due)

India, State Elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Mizoram: November 2023 (due)

Marshall Islands Parliamentary Elections: November 2023 (due)

Bangladesh Parliamentary Elections: December 2023 (due)

India, State Elections in Rajasthan and Telangana: December 2023 (due)

Philippines Village Elections: December 2023 (following proposed delay)

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