The Quad: Whistling by its Grave
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Mar 2019

The Quad: Whistling by its Grave

After China issued formal diplomatic protests to Quad members asking their intention, Australia withdrew from the Quad and meetings ceased. Indeed, the concept is more likely to go the way of the dodo than rise from its ashes like a phoenix.
Xenophobia in Cambodia: Is It an Issue?
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

By Kimkong Heng and Veasna Var - 14 Mar 2019

Xenophobia in Cambodia: Is It an Issue?

Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 12 Mar 2019

Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?

South China Sea: How China Should Address the US-China Dispute
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: How China Should Address the US-China Dispute

The underlying cause of the South China Sea dispute between the US and China is about dominance in Asia-Pacific and maintenance of the current world order. One influential factor is the abundance of natural resources in the South China Sea.
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US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea

A very distinguished unofficial “task force” of US-China experts has issued a rather alarming report regarding the China threat to US security overall and in the South China Sea in particular. The group suggests that the US pressures China to comply with “global norms”.
To Lose or Not to Lose: Cambodia’s Dilemma over its EBA Status
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

To Lose or Not to Lose: Cambodia’s Dilemma over its EBA Status

After the EU threatened to remove its preferential trade deal in response to Phnom Penh’s perceived lack of commitment to improve its democracy and human rights situation, the country now faces a dilemma.
US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea

US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson met with senior Chinese military leaders in Beijing in January 2019. The discussions focused primarily on how to manage increasingly dangerous encounters between vessels and aircraft of the two navies.
Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy

Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, Philippine relations with China have experienced a remarkable renaissance. Duterte’s accommodating policy towards the Chinese government has however caused increasing anxiety among the Filipino public.
Rohingya Crisis Casts Shadow on Myanmar Investment Showcase
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Rohingya Crisis Casts Shadow on Myanmar Investment Showcase

While speaking at the opening of the Invest Myanmar Summit in January 2019, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi left no stone unturned in projecting Myanmar as an ideal investment destination.
Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?

A well-known Washington DC based think tank has widely disseminated its latest “revelation” regarding the “nefarious” activities and intentions of China’s fishing fleet in the disputed Spratlys.
Cambodia after the 2018 Election: The Issue of Legitimacy
Politics,Southeast Asia

Cambodia after the 2018 Election: The Issue of Legitimacy

Following Cambodia’s national election in July 2018, there are a number of key challenges facing Prime Minister Hun Sen. He and his government need both internal and external political legitimacy to survive.
Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization

Singapore’s relations with China can be traced back to the precolonial period. Archeological digs have uncovered “Chinese glass beads and vessels, as well as the fragment of a rare porcelain pillow and a unique compass bowl,” suggesting “an exceptionally close relationship with China.”
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