Will EU’s Sanctions Mean a Closer Embrace for China and Cambodia?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 22 Oct 2018

Will EU’s Sanctions Mean a Closer Embrace for China and Cambodia?

The EU has started the process to withdraw Cambodia’s trade benefits under the “Everything But Arms arrangement, or EBA, which guarantees completely tariff-free access to the European market for all exports except for weapons and ammunition.”
The Decatur Episode: Time for a US-China Incidents at Sea Agreement?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 18 Oct 2018

The Decatur Episode: Time for a US-China Incidents at Sea Agreement?

The Sulawesi Tsunami and the Radical Contingency of the World
Society,Environment,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 02 Oct 2018

The Sulawesi Tsunami and the Radical Contingency of the World

The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea

The National Interest has published Denny Roy’s critique of Hu Bo’s recent article regarding China and the South China Sea. His piece contains some unfair innuendos and errors of fact.
The Chongqing Connectivity Initiative: From Transition to Take-off?
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

The Chongqing Connectivity Initiative: From Transition to Take-off?

In April 2018, it was revealed that Singapore has invested SGD 27 billion into the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative since the project broke ground in 2015. The four priority sectors are financial services, aviation, transportation and logistics, and ICT.
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative recently released a “A Blueprint for Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea.” It is an important contribution to thinking about interim solutions to these seemingly intractable disputes.
Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia

Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women

Both are daughters of former heads of state, and their political pedigrees befitted their status in history. The conspicuous resemblance of South Korea’s Park Geun-hye (2013-2017) and the Philippines’ Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2009) is eerily apparent.
John McCain and the Opening of Vietnam
Politics,Southeast Asia

John McCain and the Opening of Vietnam

One of the most fascinating elements of the global reaction to the recent death of US Senator John McCain has been the sad and respectful reactions from the senior Vietnamese leadership and the public.
Mahathir’s Beijing Trip: What Are the Takeaways?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Mahathir’s Beijing Trip: What Are the Takeaways?

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad visited Beijing from August 17-21, 2018, with the aim of seeking understanding from his Chinese hosts that his government needs to re-adjust Malaysia’s financial situation.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea

A US Navy Poseidon 8-A flew over or “near” four of China’s occupied features in the South China Sea. A radio voice identifying itself as “the Chinese military” requested the plane to “leave immediately and keep off to avoid any misunderstanding.”
America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea

The US should have a grand strategy for Asia and determine the role of the South China Sea in it. But what are the US goals in Asia and does it have a “grand strategy” to achieve them?
Laos Poverty Alleviation Efforts by China
Economy,Society,Southeast Asia

Laos Poverty Alleviation Efforts by China

In 2016, the Chinese government provided over RMB 33 million for the Pilot Project for Poverty Reduction Cooperation in East Asia which is based on technical and financial support from China for the specific purpose of poverty alleviation in Laos.
By Tai Wei Lim - 16 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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