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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.

Thai Activists Push Opposition Party on Royal Defamation Law
February 03, 2023

Thai Activists Push Opposition Party on Royal Defamation Law

By Sebastian Strangio
Activists from the monarchy reform group Thalu Wang have asked the Pheu Thai Party to abolish Section 112 if it wins this year's election.

Malaysian Anti-Graft Authorities Freeze Opposition Party Accounts
February 03, 2023

Malaysian Anti-Graft Authorities Freeze Opposition Party Accounts

By Sebastian Strangio
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating $70.7 million that was found in the accounts of the political party Bersatu.
The Long Political Afterlife of Megawati Sukarnoputri
February 03, 2023

The Long Political Afterlife of Megawati Sukarnoputri

By Johannes Nugroho
After battling years of political and sexist attacks, the 75-year-old is hoping to have a decisive impact at Indonesia's upcoming general election.

US, Philippines Agree to Larger American Military Presence
February 02, 2023

US, Philippines Agree to Larger American Military Presence

By Jim Gomez
The two sides have agreed to grant the U.S. armed forces access to four more bases under the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

Indonesia to Send General on Special Mission to Myanmar, Jokowi Says
February 02, 2023

Indonesia to Send General on Special Mission to Myanmar, Jokowi Says

By Sebastian Strangio
In an interview this week, President Joko Widodo suggested that the unnamed general would highlight his own country's democratic transition since 1998.

Myanmar Military Extends State of Emergency For Third Time
February 02, 2023

Myanmar Military Extends State of Emergency For Third Time

By Sebastian Strangio
The six-month extension is likely to delay the "elections" that the coup government was planning to hold by August.

Austin in Philippines to Discuss Larger US Military Presence
February 01, 2023

Austin in Philippines to Discuss Larger US Military Presence

By Jim Gomez
The U.S. defense chief is the latest senior official to visit the Philippines in a sign of warming ties after a strained period under Marcos's predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte.
Western Governments Announce New Myanmar Sanctions Ahead of Coup Anniversary
February 01, 2023

Western Governments Announce New Myanmar Sanctions Ahead of Coup Anniversary

By Sebastian Strangio
The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia have targeted a range of military officials and enterprises that support the armed forces.

What Indonesia Can Learn From Cambodia Regarding the Myanmar Crisis
February 01, 2023

What Indonesia Can Learn From Cambodia Regarding the Myanmar Crisis

By Phanit Vun and Sokvy Rim
A resolution to the conflict is unlikely in 2023. Jakarta should therefore take a realistic and flexible approach.

Cambodia’s Turn to Raise Eyebrows Over Infrastructure Projects
January 31, 2023

Cambodia’s Turn to Raise Eyebrows Over Infrastructure Projects

By Luke Hunt
Up to $30 billion in financing is potentially on the table – most of it from China.

US to Secure Access to New Philippine Military Facilities: Report
January 31, 2023

US to Secure Access to New Philippine Military Facilities: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The move, which is expected to be announced this week, is the latest sign of the rapid advancement in bilateral relations under President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
There Is No Such Thing as ASEAN Neutrality
January 31, 2023

There Is No Such Thing as ASEAN Neutrality

By David Hutt
Despite its claims to the contrary, the Southeast Asian bloc is intervening in Myanmar's crisis – just not effectively.

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