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Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 16 Feb 2017

Trump and the South China Sea: Flip-Flops and Continuity

Analysts trying to parse US policy in the Trump era regarding the South China Sea must be prepared for stark contradictions and intellectual whiplash. It is too early to draw conclusions regarding US-China relations in the South China Sea or in general.  
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Feb 2017

The Maritime Silk Road: Its Past, Present and Future

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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 10 Feb 2017

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

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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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.  
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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.
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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...
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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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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.
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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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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

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.
By Hong Zhao - 27 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Southeast Asia

Mother’s Day Bombings and the Insurgency in Southern Thailand

The Mother’s Day bombings were followed with a double bombing in the southern provincial capital city of Pattani. The Thai military government soon turned its attention to the Malay Muslim insurgents of southern Thailand, in particular the military wing of the Patani Malay National Revolutionary Front.
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Security,China,Southeast Asia

The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation

The river security of the Mekong has emerged as another area of growing contestation and despite its lower international profile and arguably lower global impact, this sub-region will have a determining factor on China’s relations with Southeast Asia.  
By Huong Le Thu - 25 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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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Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea

In his address to the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter outlined the US concept of a principled security network in the Asia-Pacific. The US sees China’s activities, especially in the South China Sea, as leading it towards raising a “Great Wall of self-isolation.”
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Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building

It was in Hanoi that the US President Barack Obama announced a full annulment of the US arms embargo on Vietnam — a decision hailed as a symbolic milestone in the closure to the painful wartime past.  
By Huong Le Thu - 27 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations

A key event in Sino-Philippine relations that Duterte will inherit from the outgoing Aquino administration is the upcoming verdict in the arbitration case on the Sino-Philippine maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
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Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Duterte and the South China Sea

Rodrigo Duterte won the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines with a convincing victory. Duterte’s Trump-like rhetoric has caused considerable anxiety among the country’s ASEAN neighbors with regards to the South China Sea impasse.
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Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia

The results of applying the model of the nation-state in Asia have not been encouraging. There are recurring problems of ethnic conflict, religious polarization, and separatism, which erupt now and then in violence.
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Society,Southeast Asia

Human-Scale Economics: Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Northeastern Thailand

In Surin and in other examples around the world, small-scale and low-tech production appears to have created the conditions under which the poor can reduce the poverty that has plagued them for decades.
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Chinese Investments Springing Up in Malaysia

China has been the largest trading partner of Malaysia for six consecutive years since 2009. The trading amount increased from just USD 12 billion in 2000 to almost USD 108 billion in 2014.
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Politics,Southeast Asia

Vietnam’s New Leadership and Its Prospects for Relations with China

On April 7, 2016, Vietnam’s leadership transition was completed when the National Assembly elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the new Prime Minister, replacing Nguyen Tan Dung.  
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Society,Southeast Asia

Vietnam and the Philippines: Learning Together for Primary Care Payment Reform

Vietnam and the Philippines have both prioritized universal health coverage on their health reform agendas. Both countries have been trying to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and are striving to deal with growing challenges of population aging and chronic disease.
By Sarah Bales - 16 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

China’s “Belt and Road” and Southeast Asia: Challenges and Prospects

In 2013 Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, both of which constitute the “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) development framework.
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Politics,Southeast Asia

Myanmar’s New Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Myanmar Relations

On March 15, 2016, Myanmar’s newly-elected parliament, dominated by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, elected Htin Kyaw, Suu Kyi’s close aide and confidant, as Myanmar’s next president — the country’s first civilian president since the military coup d’état of September 18, 1988.  
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Dollar Defense of 1985 and its Relevance for China

There are valuable lessons that policy makers can draw from the successful defense of the Singapore dollar against depreciation pressure in 1985 and interestingly, the case bear many resemblances to the RMB situation today.
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Society,Southeast Asia

Cinematic Rupture: Reading Cambodia’s Genocide through Deleuze and Guattari

This paper will deploy Deleuze and Guattari’s geophilosophy to read the political economy of contemporary Cambodia as a stratum that emerged from the deterritorializing mechanisms of the Khmer Rouge genocide and politicide.
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Economy,Southeast Asia

Laos And The Silk Road Economic Belt

In his April 2014 meeting with the visiting Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted the need for China and Laos to intensify their comprehensive strategic partnership to achieve their national development goals.
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Environment,Southeast Asia

Governance of the Mekong River: Is it Doomed?

A total of six countries — China, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand — have relied on the Mekong River for generations. This shared use in the absence of clear ownership makes the river a regional transboundary common pool resource.
By Heejin Han - 10 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

“A New Type of International Relations”: Xi Jinping's 2015 State Visits to the UK, Vietnam, and Singapore

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly in late September 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping advocated for a new type of international relations that is based on practical win-win cooperation.
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Recent Developments In Sino-Vietnamese Relations

On June 29, 2015, Vietnam joined the other founding members of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in signing the bank’s articles of agreement.
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Sino-Cambodian Relations: Recent Economic and Military Cooperation

In a conference on Sino-Cambodian cooperation held in June 2015, Bu Jianguo, China’s ambassador to Cambodia, identified Cambodia as being located on China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road development plan.
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Politics,China,Southeast Asia

The March 2015 Bombings of Yunnan: New Trends in Sino-Myanmar Relations

On March 8, 2015, a Tatmadaw fighter jet battling rebels from the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in the Kokang region accidentally bombed a village in Gengma county in China’s Yunnan province, destroying a house.
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Security,Southeast Asia

US-Vietnamese Reconciliation: Alliance of Convenience against China

Speculation is rife that it is now a good opportunity for the US to nurture Vietnam into a strategic ally in its pivot to Asia, but, plagued by bilateral political distrust, it seems that Vietnam can only be an ally of convenience at best.
By Bojian Liu - 29 Feb 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Southeast Asia

The 2015 Refugee Boat Crisis in Southeast Asia: Humanitarian and Security Implications

In the second half of May 2015, a refugee boat crisis unfolded in the Andaman Sea in Southeast Asia, almost in parallel with the refugee boat crisis in the Mediterranean.
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