The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 19 Mar 2018

The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions

As the Western media cacophony of assertions regarding the South China Sea imbroglio approaches a crescendo, it is a good time to pause and parse some of the more common and controversial ones.
Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
Economy,Security,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 22 Feb 2018

Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Feb 2018

The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue

Singapore: South Asia’s Bridge to ASEAN
Economy,South Asia,Southeast Asia

Singapore: South Asia’s Bridge to ASEAN

Singapore has played an important role in connecting South Asia with East Asia. It would be fair to say, that in addition to the economic reforms of 1991, and the efforts of successive governments, Singapore deserves credit for helping India strengthen ties with ASEAN.
South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance

Two recent publications by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for International and Security Studies condemn China’s policies and actions in the South China Sea while ignoring the similar transgressions of the others there.
Cambodia and Maritime Southeast Asia Before the Revolution
Society,Southeast Asia

Cambodia and Maritime Southeast Asia Before the Revolution

While the maritime states of Southeast Asia are not in Cambodia’s immediate neighborhood, they are important for the study of Cambodia’s foreign relations. The pre-colonial kingdoms of today’s Cambodia and maritime Southeast Asia had significant dealings with one another.
US Needs Reality Check Regarding Southeast Asia
Politics,Southeast Asia

US Needs Reality Check Regarding Southeast Asia

US Defense Secretary James Mattis visited Indonesia and Vietnam in January 2018. The goal of the US strategy in Asia is to win the “great power competition” against China. However, the Trump administration seems oblivious to the US loss of soft power in the region.
China’s Continuing Regional Efforts in 2018
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

China’s Continuing Regional Efforts in 2018

China’s activities in Southeast Asia indicate that the region remains an important one. The leadership of some countries in Southeast Asia are aligned with the Belt and Road Initiative’s vision of infrastructural connectivity.
By Tai Wei Lim - 22 Jan 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Sino-Thai Railway and Relations
Economy,Southeast Asia

Sino-Thai Railway and Relations

According to the Thai mass media, the first phase of the Sino-Thai railway connecting Bangkok with Nakhon Ratchasima would begin construction in late 2017. This is Thailand’s first high speed railway line.
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations
Politics,Southeast Asia

Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations

Chinese-Filipino relations has reached a new warmth, as China funds Filipino infrastructure-building and its war on drugs while Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte downplays China’s activities on the South China Sea.
US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia

US Liberal Media Vs Asian Reporting of Trump’s Asia Trip

US President Donald Trump embarked on his first official trip to Asia in November 2017. The American mainstream or liberal media, almost in unison, put a negative spin on his trip. The Asian media’s account was largely positive and laudatory of the US president.
A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations

On November 9, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping published an article “For a New Vista in China-Vietnam Friendship” in the official Vietnamese newspaper Nhan Dan, reflecting Beijing’s burgeoning interest to strengthen its ties with Hanoi by mitigating their differences.
By Amrita Jash - 24 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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