Xenophobia in Cambodia: Is It an Issue?
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

Xenophobia in Cambodia: Is It an Issue?

Xenophobia in Cambodia is a serious issue which should not be ignored or taken lightly. One example was a violent riot against Thai embassy and Thai businesses in Phnom Penh in 2003. This incident was obviously motivated by anti-Thai sentiments among Cambodians.
Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 12 Mar 2019

Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?

South China Sea: How China Should Address the US-China Dispute
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Yu Fu - 08 Mar 2019

South China Sea: How China Should Address the US-China Dispute

US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea

A very distinguished unofficial “task force” of US-China experts has issued a rather alarming report regarding the China threat to US security overall and in the South China Sea in particular. The group suggests that the US pressures China to comply with “global norms”.
To Lose or Not to Lose: Cambodia’s Dilemma over its EBA Status
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

To Lose or Not to Lose: Cambodia’s Dilemma over its EBA Status

After the EU threatened to remove its preferential trade deal in response to Phnom Penh’s perceived lack of commitment to improve its democracy and human rights situation, the country now faces a dilemma.
US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea

US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson met with senior Chinese military leaders in Beijing in January 2019. The discussions focused primarily on how to manage increasingly dangerous encounters between vessels and aircraft of the two navies.
Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy

Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, Philippine relations with China have experienced a remarkable renaissance. Duterte’s accommodating policy towards the Chinese government has however caused increasing anxiety among the Filipino public.
Rohingya Crisis Casts Shadow on Myanmar Investment Showcase
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Rohingya Crisis Casts Shadow on Myanmar Investment Showcase

While speaking at the opening of the Invest Myanmar Summit in January 2019, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi left no stone unturned in projecting Myanmar as an ideal investment destination.
Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?

A well-known Washington DC based think tank has widely disseminated its latest “revelation” regarding the “nefarious” activities and intentions of China’s fishing fleet in the disputed Spratlys.
Cambodia after the 2018 Election: The Issue of Legitimacy
Politics,Southeast Asia

Cambodia after the 2018 Election: The Issue of Legitimacy

Following Cambodia’s national election in July 2018, there are a number of key challenges facing Prime Minister Hun Sen. He and his government need both internal and external political legitimacy to survive.
Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization

Singapore’s relations with China can be traced back to the precolonial period. Archeological digs have uncovered “Chinese glass beads and vessels, as well as the fragment of a rare porcelain pillow and a unique compass bowl,” suggesting “an exceptionally close relationship with China.”
Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia

The unparalleled mix of the EU’s wish to have a complementary relationship with China, the priority it gives to trade, as well as the divisions within the Union that interrupt its common foreign policy, explain why it contributes little to Southeast Asian security.
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