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...

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...

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...

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...

Myanmar’s democratic deficit 

The hopes that surrounded the November 2015 general election in Myanmar now seem a distant memory as democratic rights are systematically crushed in the...

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...

Lies are nothing new in Myanmar

Labourers paint block paving at the parliament in the soulless, under-populated capital, Nay Pyi Taw. The population is kept far away from their political...

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Vietnam benefits from US-China trade spat 

Companies in China fear tariffs on exports to the United States amid the growing trade war between the two countries escalates and several employers...

Singapore posts disappointing trade figures

Singapore's non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell 10 per cent year on year last month, continuing a slump that saw exports drop by 11.8 per...

Indonesia unveils $400bn investment plans 

Indonesia has unveiled plans for more than US$400 billion in building projects, from constructing 25 airports to developing power stations in an attempt to...