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‘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.

Philippine Vice President Duterte Quits Marcos Cabinet, Solidifying Rift

Philippine Vice President Duterte Quits Marcos Cabinet, Solidifying Rift

By Sebastian Strangio
Two years after triumphing at the polls, the Marcos-Duterte "uniteam" has collapsed amid insults and acrimony.

Putin’s Trip to Vietnam: The Next Phase of Major Power Competition

Putin’s Trip to Vietnam: The Next Phase of Major Power Competition

By Khang Vu
The Russian leader is just the latest major power leader to come to Hanoi bearing gifts and promises.
Philippine Military Demands Return Equipment of Seized by China During Maritime Clash

Philippine Military Demands Return Equipment of Seized by China During Maritime Clash

By Sebastian Strangio
The Philippine military has also released video footage of Monday's incident in the South China Sea, which injured eight Filipino sailors, one seriously.

Japan as a Bridge Between ASEAN and the OECD

Japan as a Bridge Between ASEAN and the OECD

By SUKEGAWA Seiya
Indonesia and Thailand seek OECD membership. Japan can help.

Thai Courts Set Next Hearing Dates in High-Profile Legal Cases

Thai Courts Set Next Hearing Dates in High-Profile Legal Cases

By Sebastian Strangio
The three cases could end with the removal of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin from office and the dissolution of the country's most popular party.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

Thailand’s Senate Approves Landmark Bill Legalizing Same-sex Marriage

Thailand’s Senate Approves Landmark Bill Legalizing Same-sex Marriage

By Associated Press
Once signed into law by the King, Thailand will become the third Asian country to recognize same-sex marriage, after Taiwan and Nepal.

Thailand Has Tried – and Failed – to Solve Its Pollution Problem

Thailand Has Tried – and Failed – to Solve Its Pollution Problem

By Huizhong Wu
From February to April, Chiang Mai in northern Thailand regularly tops the list of the world's worst cities for air pollution.
Former Thai PM Thaksin Formally Charged With Royal Defamation

Former Thai PM Thaksin Formally Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
The case against the 74-year-old suggests that there are limits to the political compact that allowed his return from self-exile last year.

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu and the French Colonial Legacy in Vietnam

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu and the French Colonial Legacy in Vietnam

By Buu Nguyen
Seven decades after the communist victory, memories have dimmed and the two nations have built a friendship atop the positive legacies of French rule.

US Government Criticizes Vietnam’s Decision to Host Russia’s Putin

US Government Criticizes Vietnam’s Decision to Host Russia’s Putin

By Sebastian Strangio
The Russian leader will visit the country on June 19-20, just days after the conclusion of an international peace conference on Ukraine.

Philippine DOH Wants Answers on US ‘Anti-Vax’ Influence Campaign

Philippine DOH Wants Answers on US ‘Anti-Vax’ Influence Campaign

By Sebastian Strangio
According to a Reuters investigation, the Pentagon used social media accounts to sow doubt about China's Sinovac vaccine.
In Bangkok, Myanmar’s Exiles Find Space and Time to Rebuild

In Bangkok, Myanmar’s Exiles Find Space and Time to Rebuild

By Morgan Reinwald
Art houses, tea, and kickboxing offer jobs – and some respite – from the country’s ongoing conflict.

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