The Maritime Silk Road: Its Past, Present and Future
Economy,China,Southeast Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Feb 2017

The Maritime Silk Road: Its Past, Present and Future

In the revived contemporary interest in the Maritime Silk Road, narratives about Zheng He may become part of the current discourse on Chinese plans to revive the maritime trading route which spans cities from China to Italy.
China’s “Belt and Road” and Maritime Southeast Asia
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 10 Feb 2017

China’s “Belt and Road” and Maritime Southeast Asia

China’s “Belt and Road” and Mainland Southeast Asia
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 07 Feb 2017

China’s “Belt and Road” and Mainland Southeast Asia

South China Sea Framework Expected to Conclude in 1st Half of 2017
Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

South China Sea Framework Expected to Conclude in 1st Half of 2017

In January 2017 during the 20th China-Philippines Foreign Ministry Consultation, the two countries confirmed that they would complete the Code of Conduct framework relating to the South China Sea in the first half of 2017.
By Yan Yan - 26 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Design of Municipal Water Tariffs in Southeast Asia
Society,Southeast Asia

Design of Municipal Water Tariffs in Southeast Asia

The concept of a meme is a useful way of thinking about the widespread adoption of increasing block tariffs, the approach most municipal water utilities in Southeast Asia now use to calculate their customers’ water bills.
The Potential of Chinese Investment in Malaysia's Johor Bahru
Economy,Southeast Asia

The Potential of Chinese Investment in Malaysia's Johor Bahru

Bloomberg reported in November 2016 that Chinese developers were spearheading the USD 100 billion Chinese-made city in Johor Bahru, a city at the southern tip of Malaysia and bordering Singapore, to turn it into the next Shenzhen.
Vietnam’s Strategic and Economic Wellbeing in Peril if TPP Fails
Economy,Southeast Asia

Vietnam’s Strategic and Economic Wellbeing in Peril if TPP Fails

A cancelation of or suspension of talks on the TPP means Vietnam will lose an important opportunity for international economic integration. And it is likely to result in a slow-down in Vietnamese reforms.
By Huong Le Thu - 01 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Southeast Asian Foreign and Economic Policies in the Trump Era
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian Foreign and Economic Policies in the Trump Era

Both Malaysia and the Philippines along with others in the original ASEAN-5 are already comfortable in terms of their partnerships with Japan, and they will find working with China to be a productive and possibly value-added new infrastructure construction partnership experience.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
A Glimpse into Duterte’s Foreign Policy
Politics,Southeast Asia

A Glimpse into Duterte’s Foreign Policy

Rodrigo Duterte’s silence on the US-Philippines mutual defence treaty ensures a certain degree of US influence on Philippine foreign policy. His posture on foreign policy independence to steer clear of big power rivalries and taking domestic issues as national priorities can meaningfully lower tensions in the South China Sea.  
New Dynamics in ASEAN’s Stance on South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

New Dynamics in ASEAN’s Stance on South China Sea

The success of Duterte’s visits to Beijing and Tokyo has initiated new dynamics in ASEAN’s position on the South China Sea issue. The Philippines will assume the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN next year and its success in lowering tensions on the South China Sea issue will likely become the ASEAN stand.
King Bhumibol’s Passing and Sino-Thai Relations
Politics,Southeast Asia

King Bhumibol’s Passing and Sino-Thai Relations

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the world’s longest-reigning monarch before his demise on October 13, 2016. Thailand established official ties with China in 1975 and was one of the earliest countries in Southeast Asia to do so. King Bhumibol maintained the bond by meeting most of the top Chinese leaders.
By Tai Wei Lim - 01 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Conceit and Callowness: Causes of US-Philippines Contretemps
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Conceit and Callowness: Causes of US-Philippines Contretemps

In recent weeks, US-Philippines relations have undergone a rough patch as President Duterte has sought to “rebalance” Philippine foreign policy and lessen its dependence on the US. The reaction of policy makers and analysts in the US has ranged from anger to handwringing to ignoring the significance and roots of the problem.
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