Mahathir escapes China’s debt trap

After years of welcoming Chinese investment, the new government in Malaysia is applying the brakes, concerned a plethora of expensive projects are causing the...

The Asian century, but not for everyone

As the global economy continues its fragile recovery, it was welcome news that Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, expects its economy to...

Rare good news for Asean media

Malaysia has repealed the controversial anti-fake news law, which has been widely condemned for stifling free speech since its introduction by the previous government...

Back to the dark ages 

Thailand is currently experiencing an uneasy peace but this might not last if Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha delays his promised general election again as...

Myanmar steps towards debt trap

Myanmar plans to reduce the cost of the Chinese-backed Kyaukpyu special economic zone and port, cap its external debt load and avoid repeating the...

Mahathir adopts palm-oil folly

When confronted with a challenge from an external party, human nature often pushes us into defensive mode.  However, criticism should also force us to reflect...

EU palm-oil ban hits Asean 

Since coming to office, Malaysia’s new prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has been impressively active, regardless of the fact that he is the world’s oldest...

Palm oil trade war looms 

As the more environmentally progressive elements of the European Union discuss ways to cut imports of palm oil, Malaysia and Indonesia are becoming increasingly...

The generals and their ‘lady’

Fighting is ongoing in Myanmar’s northerly Kachin State after the military began attacks on the powerful Kachin Independence Army (KIA) last month. The rebel...

Najib legacy in dock

On Wednesday, Malaysians vote in their most intriguing general election ever. The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, led by the notoriously corrupt prime minister, Najib...

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China’s Li signs Singapore trade deals 

China and Singapore have agreed to upgrade their bilateral free-trade pact, allowing greater market access for Singaporean employers to the giant northern market. Chinese Premier...

Isis extends Mindanao grip: analysts 

Islamic State appears to be on the rise on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao with up to 100 foreign fighters and a growing...

Papua rebels killed in ambush 

Two independence insurgents and a civilian have reportedly been killed during a week of fighting in the impoverished Indonesian region of Papua.  The authorities are...