One Belt One Road and China-ASEAN Economic Cooperation
Economy,China,Southeast Asia
By Hong Zhao - 27 Sep 2016

One Belt One Road and China-ASEAN Economic Cooperation

At the 13th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said that China will support the building of ASEAN Community, ASEAN’s central role in regional cooperation, and ASEAN to play a greater role in international and regional affairs.
Mother’s Day Bombings and the Insurgency in Southern Thailand
Security,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 02 Sep 2016

Mother’s Day Bombings and the Insurgency in Southern Thailand

The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation
Security,China,Southeast Asia

By Huong Le Thu - 25 Aug 2016

The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation

The South China Sea Ruling: Akin to Opening Pandora’s Box
Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea Ruling: Akin to Opening Pandora’s Box

This essay is a preliminary analysis of the possible impacts the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on July 12, 2016 will have on the South China Sea situation, China-US relations and China’s relations with its neighbors.
By Shicun Wu - 15 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea: China Won’t Accept Cursory Judgement of its Inherent Rights
Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: China Won’t Accept Cursory Judgement of its Inherent Rights

The arbitration proceedings that the Philippines initiated against China more than three years ago regarding issues in the South China Sea should soon reach its end, and the arbitral tribunal is expected to rule shortly.
By Shicun Wu - 20 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Vietnam: New Leadership and the Pressure for Economic Reforms
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Vietnam: New Leadership and the Pressure for Economic Reforms

Economic policies beg for a major update from the implementation of the Doi Moi reforms in 1986. To ensure full integration into the global economy, including fulfilling expectations of the TPP, Vietnam need to do some serious adjustments.
By Huong Le Thu - 25 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Australia Finds its Home in Southeast Asia: 2016 Defense White Paper
Security,Southeast Asia

Australia Finds its Home in Southeast Asia: 2016 Defense White Paper

The strategic heart of Australia’s 2016 Defense White Paper is a focus on “a secure nearer region, encompassing maritime South East Asia and the South Pacific.”
By Andrew Carr - 07 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Future of Tourism in the Sino-Laotian Region
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

The Future of Tourism in the Sino-Laotian Region

China has become a major source for tourists for all Southeast Asian states. Laos is no exception in trying to attract this revenue earner. Improved connectivity through high-speed rail is one way to harness this potential and ensure Laos stays competitive in this market.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 19 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
A New Model of US-Vietnam Relations: In Search of “Balance” of Gains
Politics,Southeast Asia

A New Model of US-Vietnam Relations: In Search of “Balance” of Gains

During Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Washington from May 29-31, 2017, US President Donald Trump stated that he was glad to see more “balanced” trade relations with Vietnam.
By Huong Le Thu - 15 Jun 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
South China Sea Code of Conduct: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up
Security,Southeast Asia

South China Sea Code of Conduct: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

A recent China-ASEAN agreement for a “framework” for a South China Sea Code of Conduct has triggered an outburst of diplomatic optimism. But the sad reality is that there has been little progress towards a binding, robust COC.  
The China Factor in Malaysian Politics
China,Southeast Asia

The China Factor in Malaysian Politics

A spat between former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor has drawn China into a political dispute in Malaysia. The spat concerns Forest City, a real estate project constructed jointly by a Chinese developer and a local developer with a stake held by the Sultan.
Vietnam: A Member State that Could Safeguard ASEAN’s Fragile Unity?
Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Vietnam: A Member State that Could Safeguard ASEAN’s Fragile Unity?

The current regional political constellation — in particular the trend of concentrating on domestic politics at the expense of regional matters — partially explains the weakening commitment to ASEAN across Southeast Asia. This contributes to an expectation for countries with strong regional agendas, like Vietnam, to step up.
By Huong Le Thu - 10 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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