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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.

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Malaysian King Holds Unusual Meetings With Political Leaders
June 11, 2021

Malaysian King Holds Unusual Meetings With Political Leaders

By Eileen Ng
The king is to continue meeting other political leaders over the next few days before hosting a gathering of state rulers next Wednesday.
Indonesia Targets 1 Million Daily COVID-19 Vaccinations
June 10, 2021

Indonesia Targets 1 Million Daily COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Sebastian Strangio
Southeast Asia's largest nation once again stands on the brink of a fresh wave of infections.

In 2022, Cambodia Faces Challenging Turn at ASEAN’s Helm
June 10, 2021

In 2022, Cambodia Faces Challenging Turn at ASEAN’s Helm

By Heimkhemra Suy
During its upcoming chairmanship, the country faces a host of daunting challenges. But the year will bring opportunities, too.

UN Expert Says Myanmar Attacks Risk Humanitarian Tragedy
June 10, 2021

UN Expert Says Myanmar Attacks Risk Humanitarian Tragedy

By Grant Peck
Kayah State, in the country's east, has been engulfed in serious fighting since May 21.

China’s Myanmar Policy ‘Not Affected’ by Post-Coup Chaos: Official
June 10, 2021

China’s Myanmar Policy ‘Not Affected’ by Post-Coup Chaos: Official

By Sebastian Strangio
With no solution to Myanmar’s political crisis in sight, Beijing is making a pragmatic bet on the status quo.
Why the National Unity Government’s Statement on Myanmar’s Rohingya Is Important
June 09, 2021

Why the National Unity Government’s Statement on Myanmar’s Rohingya Is Important

By Angshuman Choudhury
The shadow government's formal pledges to offer a persecuted minority justice and rights could help shape Myanmar's future.

Bankruptcy Casts Shadow Over Cambodian Oil Extraction Ceremony
June 09, 2021

Bankruptcy Casts Shadow Over Cambodian Oil Extraction Ceremony

By Sebastian Strangio
Last week, the Singaporean company operating the country's only offshore oil block filed for liquidation.
Vietnam Approves Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine, Reluctantly
June 09, 2021

Vietnam Approves Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine, Reluctantly

By Sebastian Strangio
Struggling to contain an outbreak of COVID-19, Vietnam's communist government swallows its pride.

ASEAN and China Ministers Talk COVID-19, Myanmar Crisis
June 08, 2021

ASEAN and China Ministers Talk COVID-19, Myanmar Crisis

By Sebastian Strangio
The special meeting in Chongqing underscored the region’s increasing economic and political reliance on China.

Duterte’s Forgotten Federalism Agenda is Dead
June 08, 2021

Duterte’s Forgotten Federalism Agenda is Dead

By Mong Palatino
Duterte's promise to introduce a federal system joins a long list of unfulfilled campaign promises.

Thailand Begins Mass Vaccination Campaign Amid Reported Supply Shortages
June 08, 2021

Thailand Begins Mass Vaccination Campaign Amid Reported Supply Shortages

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's health authorities are relying heavily on the local production of AstraZeneca vaccines.
Myanmar’s Opposition Shadow Government ‘No Longer Has Faith’ in ASEAN
June 07, 2021

Myanmar’s Opposition Shadow Government ‘No Longer Has Faith’ in ASEAN

By Sebastian Strangio
As ASEAN representatives met with senior junta leaders, anti-coup protesters burnt the bloc's flag in the street.

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