Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia
By Andrea Chloe Wong - 10 Sep 2018

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

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 05 Sep 2018

John McCain and the Opening of Vietnam

Mahathir’s Beijing Trip: What Are the Takeaways?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Aug 2018

Mahathir’s Beijing Trip: What Are the Takeaways?

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.
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 The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea

At the ASEAN meetings, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated an indirect but obvious warning to China that Washington was committed to the rule of law in the South China Sea. He then announced a security aid package to Southeast Asia prioritizing maritime security.
A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Singapore hosted the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting from July 30 to August 4, 2018. ASEAN will certainly seek to augment its community building in a world where geopolitical shifts and disruptive forces are taking place.
By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Cambodian Election and its Outcome
Politics,Southeast Asia

The Cambodian Election and its Outcome

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s political party won hands-down in the General Elections held on July 29, 2018. Critics disputed the results and argued they were not fair to the people.
By Tai Wei Lim - 08 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Spiral Repetitions of Cambodia’s 2018 General Election
Politics,Southeast Asia

The Spiral Repetitions of Cambodia’s 2018 General Election

The 1998 Cambodian General Election was held in the aftermath of the crushing of the Funcinpec Party, while the 2018 General Election was held in the aftermath of the ouster of the CNRP.
The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists

A recent poll purports to show that there is a huge domestic opposition to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “soft” approach to China supposedly gathering steam.
The Paradox of Duterte’s Foreign Policy
Politics,Southeast Asia

The Paradox of Duterte’s Foreign Policy

In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
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