Duterte set to unsettle Asean’s waters

Members of China’s People's Liberation Army Marine Corps will waiting for Rodrigo Duterte’s next move. Source: Wikimedia   Oscar Wilde's parable about a monk in the...

Asean’s farewell to US influence

The Chinese armed forces will have noticed the waning US influence in Asean. Source: Wikimedia One of the bitter realisations on November 8 was that...

Junta rule continues unchecked

Myanmar’s military continues to crush opposition in the war-torn country, bullying anyone who opposes its grip on power. Unfortunately, the country's elected “leaders” remain entirely...

Vietnam business forced to look overseas for growth

Is the sun rising for Vietnam’s well-educated population or setting on its damaged ecosystem? Source: Wikimedia   Vietnam’s environmental degradation and glowing economic prospects both largely...

Buddhist bully cowers after NLD pressure

Buddhism is an intrinsic part of Burmese society. Source: Asean Economist   The Burmese nationalist Buddhist organisation, called the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and...

The junta lives on

Democratic reforms in Myanmar appear to have ground to a halt as the government of Aung San Suu Kyi continues to disappoint.  Myanmar's still-dominant military...

Duterte yet to justify China policy 

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Manila this week has produced more deals on economic cooperation with the Philippines but analysts are sceptical about...

Obama’s hidden Asean agenda

California’s Rancho Mirage forms the backdrop to the large obstacles being discussed by Asean. Source: Wikimedia Sunnylands in California today hosts the 10 Asean leaders...

Beijing tightens imperial grip

Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow in September 2014 blindfolded with a red scarf, symbolising Communist China's political repression. Source: Wikimedia   China's ability to control its southern neighbours' domestic...

Icon to pariah in 2 years 

The United States has for the first time called Myanmar's attacks against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State "ethnic cleansing", saying targeted sanctions against those...

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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...