Papuans poised to boycott Indonesia election

Papuan representatives have called for an Indonesian election boycott and a referendum on independence instead. It is hardly a surprise as successive Indonesian elections...

Philippines wakes to debt-trap peril

The Philippines seems to have caught up with its neighbours like Malaysia in waking to the perils of signing up to Chinese infrastructure projects....

Asean’s predictable elections could boost growth

Elections are scheduled in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in the next few months, leading to speculation about how political activity will affect Asean’s...

Singapore data-sharing raises privacy concerns

Hacking-prone Singapore has proposed technological reforms to allow consumers to switch between service providers without losing their data on sensitive information about loan repayments...

Philippines ignores US over Huawei

The telecoms sector is providing another example of the growing influence of China across Asean, as its controversial mobile giant, Huawei, prepares to roll...

Suu Kyi unveils investment hotspot

Myanmar’s largely powerless civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has urged global investors to look to her impoverished country as she ignored the negative...

Meth crisis will only get worse

Myanmar's Shan State supplies methamphetamines to the planet and exports are due to rise as billions are channelled into improving regional infrastructure, the Brussels-based...

Vietnam completes online clampdown

Legislation requiring internet companies operating in Vietnam to remove content the one-party state regards as "toxic" has come into effect, in a move critics...

Meth peril enslaves Asean young 

Northern Shan State, nominally within Myanmar’s borders but where the Nay Pyi Taw authorities have little control, has become an East Asian methamphetamine hub,...

Race to legalise medical marijuana

As the world wakes up to the health benefits and commercial potential of legalised cannabis, Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea are racing to become...

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Indonesia restricts social media to end riots

Indonesia has restricted access to Facebook and WhatsApp after rioting broke out in Jakarta in the wake of the presidential election results. Blocking social media...

Canada to retrieve trash from Philippines

Canada has backed down in its dispute with the Philippines, agreeing to take back tonnes of waste shipped to Manila in 103 sea containers.  The...

Cambodians re-enact Khmer Rouge genocide

Cambodian students dressed as Khmer Rouge cadres re-enacted scenes from the genocide at the so-called killing fields to commemorate the 2 million victims butchered...