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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.

For Indonesia, Chinese 5G Cooperation Brings Promise and Peril
January 20, 2021

For Indonesia, Chinese 5G Cooperation Brings Promise and Peril

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Yeta Purnama
Like many nations, Indonesia faces a difficult decision about how far to engage with China's Digital Silk Road.

With Severe Sentence, Thailand Deepens Its War on Critics of the Monarchy
January 20, 2021

With Severe Sentence, Thailand Deepens Its War on Critics of the Monarchy

By Sebastian Strangio
Thailand wields a controversial law in its attempt to stamp out a campaign of student-led protests.
Indonesia, Malaysia Step Up Palm Oil Lobbying: Report
January 20, 2021

Indonesia, Malaysia Step Up Palm Oil Lobbying: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The increased lobbying effort reflects the increasingly negative perceptions of the industry.

Thai Court Gives Record 43-year Sentence for Insulting King
January 20, 2021

Thai Court Gives Record 43-year Sentence for Insulting King

By Associated Press
A woman was found guilty of violating the lese majeste law for posting audio clips to Facebook and YouTube with comments deemed critical of the monarchy.

Singaporean University Publisher Accused of Bowing to Political Pressure
January 19, 2021

Singaporean University Publisher Accused of Bowing to Political Pressure

By Sebastian Strangio
The editor of a ditched anthology of essays on Thai politics has called for an academic boycott on the National University of Singapore Press.

Cambodian Exile Return Bid Crashes Into Visa Hurdle
January 18, 2021

Cambodian Exile Return Bid Crashes Into Visa Hurdle

By Sebastian Strangio
The attempt nonetheless succeeded in drawing international attention to the repression inside the country.

Chinese-Funded Railway to Link Former US Bases in the Philippines
January 18, 2021

Chinese-Funded Railway to Link Former US Bases in the Philippines

By Sebastian Strangio
But we should treat the announcement with caution, given that few promised Chinese infrastructure projects have yet eventuated.
In Laos, Reform Hopes Peter Out Into Business as Usual
January 18, 2021

In Laos, Reform Hopes Peter Out Into Business as Usual

By David Hutt
The Lao communist party's newly selected General Secretary Thongloun Sisoulith once promised change. Now he sits atop a closed and sclerotic system.

Earthquake Sets off Landslides, Flattens Homes in Indonesia
January 15, 2021

Earthquake Sets off Landslides, Flattens Homes in Indonesia

By Associated Press
At least 10 people have so far been confirmed dead and more than 200 injured.

Why Indonesia Won’t Recognize Israel — At Least For Now
January 14, 2021

Why Indonesia Won’t Recognize Israel — At Least For Now

By Sebastian Strangio
Domestic political factors make it much harder for Indonesia to follow in the footsteps of Arab states like Morocco and Sudan.

Indonesia Beefs Up Its Natuna Island Patrols: Report
January 14, 2021

Indonesia Beefs Up Its Natuna Island Patrols: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The move seeks to deter Chinese incursions, while preserving important areas of cooperation between Jakarta and Beijing.
In the Face of Criticism, Laos Pushes Ahead With Four Mekong Dams
January 14, 2021

In the Face of Criticism, Laos Pushes Ahead With Four Mekong Dams

By Luke Hunt
But costs and competition could leave the putative "battery of Southeast Asia" running on empty.

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