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

Southeast Asia straddles both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road, and the projects promise to stimulate economic development and trade in the participating nations. China and ASEAN seek to raise their trade to USD 1 trillion by 2020.
South China Sea Framework Expected to Conclude in 1st Half of 2017
Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

By Yan Yan - 26 Jan 2017

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

Design of Municipal Water Tariffs in Southeast Asia
Society,Southeast Asia

By Dale Whittington - 22 Dec 2016

Design of Municipal Water Tariffs in Southeast Asia

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.
Cambodia Joins the “Belt and Road”
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Cambodia Joins the “Belt and Road”

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Cambodia in mid-October 2016 marked Cambodia’s entry into the growing group of nations participating in China’s “Belt and Road” initiative. President Xi pledged Chinese investment for infrastructure projects including a high-speed railway and a new airport in Siem Reap.
Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River
Environment,Southeast Asia

Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River

The Mekong River is one of the most contested rivers as six countries with unequal political power and differing degrees of social, scientific, and institutional capacity have been implementing projects with inadequate regard for their neighbors’ development plans. Environmental security may offer answers to the transboundary resource dilemmas of these states.  
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