The Chongqing Connectivity Initiative: From Transition to Take-off?
Economy,China,Southeast Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 Sep 2018

The Chongqing Connectivity Initiative: From Transition to Take-off?

In April 2018, it was revealed that Singapore has invested SGD 27 billion into the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative since the project broke ground in 2015. The four priority sectors are financial services, aviation, transportation and logistics, and ICT.
A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Sep 2018

A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea

Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia

By Andrea Chloe Wong - 10 Sep 2018

Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women

John McCain and the Opening of Vietnam
Politics,Southeast Asia

John McCain and the Opening of Vietnam

One of the most fascinating elements of the global reaction to the recent death of US Senator John McCain has been the sad and respectful reactions from the senior Vietnamese leadership and the public.
Mahathir’s Beijing Trip: What Are the Takeaways?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Mahathir’s Beijing Trip: What Are the Takeaways?

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad visited Beijing from August 17-21, 2018, with the aim of seeking understanding from his Chinese hosts that his government needs to re-adjust Malaysia’s financial situation.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea

A US Navy Poseidon 8-A flew over or “near” four of China’s occupied features in the South China Sea. A radio voice identifying itself as “the Chinese military” requested the plane to “leave immediately and keep off to avoid any misunderstanding.”
America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea

The US should have a grand strategy for Asia and determine the role of the South China Sea in it. But what are the US goals in Asia and does it have a “grand strategy” to achieve them?
Laos Poverty Alleviation Efforts by China
Economy,Society,Southeast Asia

Laos Poverty Alleviation Efforts by China

In 2016, the Chinese government provided over RMB 33 million for the Pilot Project for Poverty Reduction Cooperation in East Asia which is based on technical and financial support from China for the specific purpose of poverty alleviation in Laos.
By Tai Wei Lim - 16 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
 The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea

At the ASEAN meetings, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated an indirect but obvious warning to China that Washington was committed to the rule of law in the South China Sea. He then announced a security aid package to Southeast Asia prioritizing maritime security.
A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Singapore hosted the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting from July 30 to August 4, 2018. ASEAN will certainly seek to augment its community building in a world where geopolitical shifts and disruptive forces are taking place.
By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Cambodian Election and its Outcome
Politics,Southeast Asia

The Cambodian Election and its Outcome

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s political party won hands-down in the General Elections held on July 29, 2018. Critics disputed the results and argued they were not fair to the people.
By Tai Wei Lim - 08 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Spiral Repetitions of Cambodia’s 2018 General Election
Politics,Southeast Asia

The Spiral Repetitions of Cambodia’s 2018 General Election

The 1998 Cambodian General Election was held in the aftermath of the crushing of the Funcinpec Party, while the 2018 General Election was held in the aftermath of the ouster of the CNRP.
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