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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.

US Ambassador, Cambodian Defense Minister Meet Following China Sanctions
September 25, 2020

US Ambassador, Cambodian Defense Minister Meet Following China Sanctions

By Sebastian Strangio
General Tea Banh downplayed reports that Cambodia is planning to permit a Chinese military presence on its south coast.

Sabah Heads to the Polls for Snap State Election
September 25, 2020

Sabah Heads to the Polls for Snap State Election

By James Chin
In addition to the perennial question of regional autonomy, the result could play into the ongoing political turmoil in Kuala Lumpur.
US Bill Aims to End Aid to Philippines Military and Police
September 25, 2020

US Bill Aims to End Aid to Philippines Military and Police

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippine Human Rights Act would end American security assistance to Manila unless it commits to reforms.

Will Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim Finally Succeed?
September 25, 2020

Will Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim Finally Succeed?

By Sebastian Strangio
The opposition leader’s announcement that he commands the support necessary to form a new government has dissipated into a period of tense political speculation.

Southeast Asian Leaders Air Fears Over US-China Rivalry
September 24, 2020

Southeast Asian Leaders Air Fears Over US-China Rivalry

By Sebastian Strangio
Joko Widodo and Rodrigo Duterte both used their inaugural U.N. speeches to express alarm at accelerating superpower tensions.

Social Reformers Challenge Malaysia’s Islamic Hardliners Over Headwear
September 24, 2020

Social Reformers Challenge Malaysia’s Islamic Hardliners Over Headwear

By Luke Hunt
To wear or not to wear: The hijab is a matter of choice — and politics.

Myanmar Election Will Fail to Meet Proper Standards: UN
September 24, 2020

Myanmar Election Will Fail to Meet Proper Standards: UN

By Sebastian Strangio
As in 2015, more than a million Rohingya Muslims will be unable to cast a vote in the upcoming polls.
Facebook Shuts Down Fake China-Based Accounts Backing Duterte
September 23, 2020

Facebook Shuts Down Fake China-Based Accounts Backing Duterte

By Sebastian Strangio
The accounts beamed out content supportive of the Philippine president and his daughter's possible presidential aspirations.

Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Plans New Government
September 23, 2020

Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Plans New Government

By Associated Press
Anwar says he will reveal more details following a meeting with the king, but a cabinet member denies the government has fallen.

In UN Speech, Duterte Stiffens Philippines’ Stance on the South China Sea
September 23, 2020

In UN Speech, Duterte Stiffens Philippines’ Stance on the South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
After four years of flip-flopping, the Philippine President voiced strong support for a Hague ruling rejecting most of China’s claims to disputed waters.

The Riddle of COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia
September 22, 2020

The Riddle of COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
How much should we read into the fact that the region’s most robust democracies have fared the worst from the coronavirus? Probably not a lot.
With New Arrest, Cambodia’s Permanent Crackdown Intensifies
September 22, 2020

With New Arrest, Cambodia’s Permanent Crackdown Intensifies

By Sebastian Strangio
Amid the economic fallout from COVID-19, Hun Sen's government has succeeded in keeping a lid on rising public discontent—but for how much longer?

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