Mahathir: The Strongman Returns
Politics,Southeast Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 10 May 2018

Mahathir: The Strongman Returns

On the morning of May 10, 2018, Malaysians woke up to the return of their long-time political strongman Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir had a decisive victory and it seemed voters in rural as well as urban areas were in favor of bringing him back.
China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

By Hong Zhao - 09 May 2018

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

ASEAN Summit Discusses Smart Cities Network and Trade Tensions
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 03 May 2018

ASEAN Summit Discusses Smart Cities Network and Trade Tensions

A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?

The US and China have apparently reached a tacit agreement to disagree and to maintain a leaky status quo, a “new normal.” Not coincidentally, relations on this issue between the ASEAN claimants and between ASEAN and China are more or less at the same place.
Withdrawing from the ICC: What Now for the Philippines?
Politics,Southeast Asia

Withdrawing from the ICC: What Now for the Philippines?

On March 16, 2018, the Philippines began the process of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The decision ultimately discredits the Philippines’ democratic credentials that are supposedly grounded on the ideals of human rights.
The Philippines, China and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Philippines, China and the South China Sea

There is a growing protest over Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to downplay the Philippines international arbitration victory over China regarding the South China Sea. Although many of his policy decisions are problematic, in this case his decision has merit.
Chinese Coal Investments Firing Up the Indonesian Economy
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Chinese Coal Investments Firing Up the Indonesian Economy

China is embarking on several mega-projects to supply coal and build new power plants in Indonesia to boost the economy, which has been held back by electricity shortages. China may use these projects as references and applications for its BRI projects.
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The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

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

Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

Facilitated by under-the-radar low-tech boats, collusion with local corrupt officials, and integration with legal trade and activities, piracy in Southeast Asia remains a challenging problem. Multinational agencies are cooperating to counteract.
By Tai Wei Lim - 22 Feb 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue

Gordon Chang wrote recently in the National Interest that China is “itching for a confrontation” in response to the January 17, 2018 innocent passage of the USS Hopper near Scarborough Shoal. James Holmes argued that China does not really want confrontation.
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.
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