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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.

Philippines’ Marcos to Pursue Bilateral Deal With Beijing Over South China Sea
January 28, 2022

Philippines’ Marcos to Pursue Bilateral Deal With Beijing Over South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
The leading candidate's comments suggest that his victory in May could lead to an extension of President Rodrigo Duterte's divisive China policy.

Scientists Identify 224 New Species in Mekong Region: WWF
January 28, 2022

Scientists Identify 224 New Species in Mekong Region: WWF

By Sebastian Strangio
But the conservation group warned that many more will go extinct before they are even discovered, due to rapid habitat loss.
China’s Vaccine Diplomacy in Brunei: Boon or Bane?
January 28, 2022

China’s Vaccine Diplomacy in Brunei: Boon or Bane?

By Riyani Sidek and Nafisa Halim
If vaccine diplomacy is to pay off, it needs to be based on firm bilateral foundations.

Cambodian PM Calls on Myanmar Junta to Implement ASEAN Peace Plan
January 27, 2022

Cambodian PM Calls on Myanmar Junta to Implement ASEAN Peace Plan

By Sebastian Strangio
Cambodia says the junta's participation in ASEAN meetings is dependent on progress in implementing its peace plan. But how will it define progress?

World Bank Says Myanmar’s Economic Outlook is ‘Critically Weak’
January 27, 2022

World Bank Says Myanmar’s Economic Outlook is ‘Critically Weak’

By Sebastian Strangio
The Bank estimates that Myanmar's economy is 30 percent smaller than it would have been were it not for the coup and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesia’s Capital is Sinking, Polluted and Now Moving
January 27, 2022

Indonesia’s Capital is Sinking, Polluted and Now Moving

By Edna Tarigan and Niniek Karmini
Jakarta is home to about 10 million people and three times that number in the greater metropolitan area. 

Thai Prime Minister Arrives in Saudi Arabia, Easing Diamond Heist Row
January 26, 2022

Thai Prime Minister Arrives in Saudi Arabia, Easing Diamond Heist Row

By Isabel Debre
The official visit by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to Riyadh signals the nations are seeking to thaw ties, long chilled by 1989 Blue Diamond affair.
China Appeals to Myanmar Opposition to Safeguard its Investments
January 25, 2022

China Appeals to Myanmar Opposition to Safeguard its Investments

By Sebastian Strangio
The request marked a small but potentially significant move toward China's engagement with the National Unity Government.

Myanmar Refugee Numbers Swell in India’s Mizoram State
January 25, 2022

Myanmar Refugee Numbers Swell in India’s Mizoram State

By Sebastian Strangio
The exodus follows a series of brutal military reprisal killings in Chin State's Matupi Township.

Twitter Removes Hundreds of Accounts Linked to Philippines’ Marcos Jr.
January 24, 2022

Twitter Removes Hundreds of Accounts Linked to Philippines’ Marcos Jr.

By Sebastian Strangio
The accounts are part of the politician's well-oiled machinery of social media manipulation.

ARSA After the Myanmar Coup: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
January 24, 2022

ARSA After the Myanmar Coup: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

By Patrick Dupont
Isolated from its main popular base of support, the ragtag militant outfit has withered on the vine.
Are Australia-Vietnam Relations Set to Reach New Heights in 2022?
January 24, 2022

Are Australia-Vietnam Relations Set to Reach New Heights in 2022?

By Huynh Tam Sang
An opportunity to upgrade the Australia-Vietnam partnership is within reach, but both sides should take concrete steps to realize this goal.

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