Vietnam ‘kidnap’ sours bilateral ties 

Vietnam’s market is growing fast. Picture credit: Flickr Controversy continues to swirl around the case of the Vietnamese executive that the German authorities say was...

Widodo cancels trip amid riots

Violent protests are relatively rare in Indonesia. Source: YouTube The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, has postponed a visit to Australia amid Jakarta riots as Muslim...

US warship returns to South China Sea

The USS Lassen. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The US says it plans to return to disputed areas of the South China Sea, with a naval commander...

Vietnam protests over fish deaths

The dying fish are devastating Vietnam’s fishing industry. Source: Wikimedia Environmental campaigners in Vietnam have held banners reading, "Formosa destroys the environment" during a march...

US fails to unify Asean on South China Sea

The South China Sea dispute is concentrating minds in Washington. Source: Flickr US President Barack Obama announced that he and Asean leaders had discussed the...

Rising prices erode Najib’s base 

Malaysia's 1.6 million public servants have traditionally backed Prime Minister Najib Razak's coalition, but rising living costs have eroded that support. Civil servants make up...

Manila defends helicopter deal

The Philippine defence minister Delfin Lorenzana has claimed that 16 helicopters being bought from Canada will not be used to attack insurgents after activists...

Laos prepares to host Abe at summit

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith. Source: Kremlin Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning a visit to Laos in September for Asean summits. Abe welcomed Thongloun’s...

Strikers demand Yangon chief meeting 

Burmese workers at a Chinese-owned clothing factory in Myanmar have marched on regional government buildings in Yangon, demanding a meeting with the former capital’s...

Air-defence missiles deployed in South China Sea: US

A Chinese HQ-9 launcher on display on the Chinese mainland. Source: Wikimedia Satellite imagery, confirmed by the USA and Taiwan, suggests two batteries of...

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Cambodia opposition leaders vow November return 

Cambodia’s opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, has said he plans to return to the increasingly oppressive state on November 9 along with fellow government critics. National...

Myanmar rebels coordinate northern attacks 

Rebel armies in Myanmar have killed at least 15 people, mostly soldiers, in attacks on a military academy and other government targets in the...

Singapore cuts GDP forecast amid recession fears

Singapore has cut its economic growth forecast as the Sino-Trump trade war worsens and data confirmed the slowest growth rate since the 2009 financial...