ASEAN Countries

G7 Reinvents Itself as Democratic Bulwark in London

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The G7’s sprawling new communique portrays the bloc as a democratic bulwark against creeping authoritarianism.

From Bangkok to Nong Khai: China’s Thai Railway Vision Edges Forward

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Plans for a high-speed rail line from Bangkok to the Laotian border are moving forward after Thailand signed construction contracts for phase one of the project with Chinese state-owned firms.

Will the Makassar Suicide Bombing Spark a New Wave of Terror in Indonesia?

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After a married couple linked to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) bombed a Catholic church in Sulawesi, Indonesia is on high alert to prevent repeat attacks by Islamist militants.

Revisiting Washington’s Cold War Victory in Indonesia

President Sukarno, the first leader of Indonesia after it became a republic in 1945, inspects his troops.. cc Flickr Tullio Saba, modiifed, public domain,

Indonesia was “won” by the US bloc during the Cold War, albeit at terrible human cost. Will history repeat itself?

Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill in Geopolitical Perspective

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Joko Widodo’s Omnibus Bill won’t fix what ails the Indonesian economy.

Election Talk Heats Up in Malaysia

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Muhyiddin Yassin is clinging to power amid a COVID-19 state of emergency. A new election would test the unity of the ruling Perikatan Nasional bloc and opposition parties led by Anwar Ibrahim.

Striking Oil Is No Antidote for What Ails Cambodia’s COVID-hit Economy

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Cambodia has extracted its first crude oil from the Gulf of Thailand. Yet with oil prices low amid COVID-19 and production peaking at 7,500 barrels per day, the impact on Cambodia’s economy will be marginal.

History Repeating: Military Rule Returns to Myanmar

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Ultimately, playing by the military’s constitutional rules and towing its line on the Rohingya weren’t enough to keep Aung San Suu Kyi out of house arrest.

Belt and Road: Flying Under the Radar in Indonesia?

G category high speed train (G665 to Xi'an North) at Beijing West Railway Station, China, cc Fabio Achilli from Milano, Italy, modified,,_Beijing_West_Railway_Station,_China.jpg

While media focus fixates on other BRI infrastructure projects in Malaysia and Laos, Indonesia is quietly nearing completion of a $6 billion high-speed rail link between Jakarta and Bandung.

How Does Vietnam Maintain Its Growth Momentum in 2021?

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Vietnam’s economy has been a bright spot during the pandemic, but political and reform issues threaten its post-COVID lift-off.

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