Thursday, April 26, 2018
The group of Southeast Asian nations has managed to stay engaged with the Hermit Kingdom, Richard Javad Heydarian reports from Pyongyang. Weeks ahead of the much-anticipated summit between North Korean leader Kim Jung-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, there...
Emil, the 33-year-old regent of Trenggalek, is running for a deputy governor post in East Java after making his way up the ranks off the beaten path of Jakarta. The Malaysian polls aren’t the only electoral “game” in Southeast Asia....
Proposed joint development agreement for contested area's oil and gas underscores diplomatic warming trend but faces legal hurdles and political risks. China and the Philippines are now considering a series of resource-sharing agreements in the South China Sea, the latest...
Political researchers commonly recognise “Pax Britannica” as the defining label for the 19th century and the “American Century” for the 20th; most recently, the term “Chinese Century” has emerged to describe the 21stcentury. China’s impressive economic ascent has invariably brought...
A Thai monk reflects on separatist violence in the country’s restive south. Before he was Phra Visuddho, he was Pisut Aungsupalee. In Thai “Pisut” means “purity”. When his master, Phra Upaseno ordained him as a monk, he took the Pali...
First ever Australia-Asean summit reaffirmed Canberra's role as an independent regional power-broker. Shared fears over regional geopolitical uncertainties has driven Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) into each other’s embrace. As middle powers, both sides are deeply...
In the absence of the United States, China is now flexing their muscles to show what they are capable of in Southeast Asia. Can ASEAN afford to trust them? Not by any stretch of the imagination, based on the Philippine-wide...
My international relations students asked last week: Why is China so sensitive and aggressively assertive in the South China Sea claiming almost all of it as its territory including what is supposedly international waters where some $5 trillion of...
Philippine leader's quip sets off a firestorm over his soft approach to Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea. “If you want, just make us a province, like Fujian,” quipped Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before an audience of Filipino-Chinese businessmen...
Especially among the young, Malaysia’s 14th general election is increasingly being seen as a choice between the lesser of two evils. Lunar New Year has come and gone. Malaysia’s 14th general election, or GE14, could take place by the end...

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