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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.