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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.

Cambodia’s Sees COVID-19 Spike After Chinese Nationals Break Quarantine
February 26, 2021

Cambodia’s Sees COVID-19 Spike After Chinese Nationals Break Quarantine

By Luke Hunt
The government has also deported a Chinese media proprietor for spreading “fake news” about COVID-19 vaccines.

The Rise and Rise of Nguyen Phu Trong
February 26, 2021

The Rise and Rise of Nguyen Phu Trong

By Quynh Tran
How Vietnam's party chief defied conventional wisdom and became his country's most powerful leader in a generation.
Philippines Offers to Trade Nurses for COVID-19 Vaccines
February 26, 2021

Philippines Offers to Trade Nurses for COVID-19 Vaccines

By Nick Aspinwall
The country’s in-demand healthcare workers are outraged at a government proposal to send them to Europe in exchange for doses of vaccine.

With Bangkok Visit, Indonesian FM Advances Efforts to Address Myanmar Crisis
February 25, 2021

With Bangkok Visit, Indonesian FM Advances Efforts to Address Myanmar Crisis

By Sebastian Strangio
But there’s a fine line between engaging the generals and legitimizing their seizure of power.

Facebook Bans All Myanmar Military-Linked Accounts and Ads
February 25, 2021

Facebook Bans All Myanmar Military-Linked Accounts and Ads

By Associated Press
In a statement, the tech giant said that it was treating the post-coup situation in Myanmar as an "emergency."

Logging Accelerates in Cambodia’s Prey Lang Sanctuary
February 25, 2021

Logging Accelerates in Cambodia’s Prey Lang Sanctuary

By Sebastian Strangio
The pace of deforestation has increased in line with the government's clampdown on environmental defenders.

Myanmar’s Kachin State Under the Coup Regime
February 25, 2021

Myanmar’s Kachin State Under the Coup Regime

By Stella Naw
Myanmar's anti-coup protests have captivated the world's attention, but things look very different in the country's north.
Philippine Senator Marks Four Years in Prison on Dubious Drug Charges
February 24, 2021

Philippine Senator Marks Four Years in Prison on Dubious Drug Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
While Leila de Lima has been acquitted of one charge, two more continue to hang over her.

What’s in Cambodia’s New Internet Gateway Decree?
February 24, 2021

What’s in Cambodia’s New Internet Gateway Decree?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The move exacerbates ongoing concerns about Internet freedom and its effects on the country's political dynamics ahead of elections in 2022 and 2023.

Defying Court Order, Malaysia Deports Asylum Seekers to Myanmar
February 24, 2021

Defying Court Order, Malaysia Deports Asylum Seekers to Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.N. refugee agency claims that the group included registered asylum seekers.

Malaysian Newspaper Editor Under Investigation for Criticizing Court Ruling
February 23, 2021

Malaysian Newspaper Editor Under Investigation for Criticizing Court Ruling

By Sebastian Strangio
The probe is just the latest attempt by the Malaysian authorities to silence the pioneering news portal Malaysiakini.
Why Communist Anti-Corruption Campaigns Never Work
February 23, 2021

Why Communist Anti-Corruption Campaigns Never Work

By David Hutt
Ongoing anti-graft campaigns in Vietnam and Laos focus on officials' moral conduct without addressing the political structures that incentivize corruption.

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