Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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...
In a remarkable reflection of burgeoning strategic relations between former foes, America deployed an aircraft carrier group to Vietnam for the first time in more than four decades. The USS Carl Vinson, a 103,000-ton aircraft carrier, along with two other...
Over the past year, the relatively obscure Benham Rise, a plateau located in the Philippine Sea, has progressively become a main point of contention between Manila and Beijing. Lying at the heart of the Western Pacific, the Benham Rise is...
High living costs and poor public transport are just the surface symptoms of Malaysia’s malaise, says a government doctor. The root of the disease is the separation of society into tribal silos. I am sipping tea in an eclectically decorated,...
This week’s summit in New Delhi brings together an age-old coalition that goes back to the Tamil Chulia Indian diaspora in Malaysia, and could serve to keep economic and geopolitical parity in Asia. As China continues its inexorable rise, global...
Back in the mid-1990s when I was a young corporate lawyer, I used to do a lot of work in South Africa. At the time, the "Rainbow Nation", under the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) chief and global...
A deeply riven country tired of fighting struggles to heal from lingering political divisions. In Chiang Mai, the name Shinawatra – the family of ousted prime minister and billionaire Thaksin – has deep roots. Shinawatra Silk is a household brand, having...
To save the principle of ASEAN centrality, the regional body should transcend its consensus-based decision-making and embrace minilateral arrangements on divisive issues. The regional body is increasingly suffering from a ‘middle institutional trap’. The type of decision-making arrangements that enabled...
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