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ASEAN Beat

‘One Vision, One Identity, One Community.’ That’s the ASEAN motto. But what’s the reality? Our bloggers based around this diverse and strategically key region give you an insider’s perspective on politics, security and society in South-east Asia.

Developing Vietnam’s Renewable Energy Industry
June 06, 2020

Developing Vietnam’s Renewable Energy Industry

By Thoi Nguyen
Renewable energy is a fast-growing sector in Asian countries, broadly, and Vietnam could benefit from investment in the sector.

A Softer Approach From Thailand’s Sophisticated Monarch
June 06, 2020

A Softer Approach From Thailand’s Sophisticated Monarch

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun
Leaving the leveling of lèse-majesté cases behind, the Thai government has found softer ways to control criticism. 
Rights Group Says Another Thai Dissident Abducted in Southeast Asia
June 05, 2020

Rights Group Says Another Thai Dissident Abducted in Southeast Asia

By Associated Press
Armed men snatched Wanchalearm Satsaksit off the street in front of his apartment in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh late Thursday afternoon.

What Does a New Magazine Tell Us About ASEAN’s Push for Regional Integration?
June 05, 2020

What Does a New Magazine Tell Us About ASEAN’s Push for Regional Integration?

By Truston Yu
New efforts to promote a region-wide sense of identity could lead to the erosion of ASEAN’s vaunted noninterference.

The Philippines’ Broad Anti-Terrorism Law Takes Aim at Dissent
June 05, 2020

The Philippines’ Broad Anti-Terrorism Law Takes Aim at Dissent

By Nick Aspinwall
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign the recently-passed legislation, which will allow authorities to classify dissent as terrorism.

Singapore: Election Politics Amid the Pandemic
June 04, 2020

Singapore: Election Politics Amid the Pandemic

By Nigel Li
Singaporeans are unhappy with their government's COVID-19 response, but the opposition may be too fractured to present a viable alternative.

UN Office Denounces Human Rights Violations in Philippines
June 04, 2020

UN Office Denounces Human Rights Violations in Philippines

By Associated Press
Duterte’s heavy-handed approach to policing has drawn international criticism.
In Sudden Step, Philippines Reverses Course on Ending US Visiting Forces Agreement—For Now
June 04, 2020

In Sudden Step, Philippines Reverses Course on Ending US Visiting Forces Agreement—For Now

By Ankit Panda
Will the reversal last?

An Uncertain Future for Laos
June 04, 2020

An Uncertain Future for Laos

By David Hutt
Laos’ quinquennial National Party Congress is coming up in 2021, but the prospects for meaningful change look slimmer and slimmer.

Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 Response
June 03, 2020

Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 Response

By Guteriano Neves
The government’s timely and decisive action in the initial stage prevented a catastrophic situation, but uncertainty remains.

Indonesia Records Its First Honor Killing
June 03, 2020

Indonesia Records Its First Honor Killing

By Luke Hunt
A schoolgirl was reportedly hacked to death after admitting to dating
Hun Sen Denies China’s Navy Granted Basing Rights in Cambodia
June 02, 2020

Hun Sen Denies China’s Navy Granted Basing Rights in Cambodia

By Associated Press
The Cambodian prime minister repeated earlier denials that China has been given exclusive rights to Ream naval base.

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