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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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What Does the Thailand Army Chief’s Trip to Indonesia’s Aceh Mean?
January 17, 2020

What Does the Thailand Army Chief’s Trip to Indonesia’s Aceh Mean?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the significance of a recent visit that has generated much speculation.
The Trouble With Vietnam’s Defense Strategy
January 17, 2020

The Trouble With Vietnam’s Defense Strategy

By Thoi Nguyen
Vietnam needs more radical thinking on defense in order to adapt and keep pace with changes in the region.

UN Rohingya Genocide Case Court Ruling Set for Next Week
January 17, 2020

UN Rohingya Genocide Case Court Ruling Set for Next Week

By Associated Press
The court is set to hand down its final, legally binding decision in days.

Cambodia: Largest Casino Worker Strike Victory Highlights Wider Rights Issues
January 16, 2020

Cambodia: Largest Casino Worker Strike Victory Highlights Wider Rights Issues

By Luke Hunt
While the recent strike resulted in a pay rise commitment, it also spotlighted the wider rights issues and economic challenges for some workers.

Another Vietnam Politburo Purge?
January 16, 2020

Another Vietnam Politburo Purge?

By David Hutt
A closer look at one of the storylines developing within Vietnamese politics ahead of next year’s National Congress.
What Do Malaysia’s APEC 2020 Priorities Mean for the Region and the Country?
January 16, 2020

What Do Malaysia’s APEC 2020 Priorities Mean for the Region and the Country?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the country’s focus areas within the context of its foreign policy and domestic politics.

Cambodia Opposition Leader Treason Trial Kicks Off
January 16, 2020

Cambodia Opposition Leader Treason Trial Kicks Off

By Associated Press
The trial regarding charges filed against Kem Sokha began Wednesday.
What’s Next for Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy in Tsai’s Second Term?
January 15, 2020

What’s Next for Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy in Tsai’s Second Term?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Tsai’s reelection offers a valuable opportunity to build on a key foreign policy priority.

Thai Army Chief Signs Intelligence Pact With Indonesia
January 15, 2020

Thai Army Chief Signs Intelligence Pact With Indonesia

By Associated Press
An intelligence-sharing agreement signed by the army chiefs of Thailand and Indonesia is unlikely to significantly help Thailand end a Muslim separatist insurgency in its deep south.

The Natuna Sea Incident: How Indonesia Is Managing Its Bilateral Relationship With China
January 15, 2020

The Natuna Sea Incident: How Indonesia Is Managing Its Bilateral Relationship With China

By Jefferson Ng
Indonesia’s pragmatic, even-handed approach to the recent Natuna Sea incident shows how China’s rise can be managed.

Confirmed: China Visitor to Thailand Infected with New Coronavirus Strain
January 14, 2020

Confirmed: China Visitor to Thailand Infected with New Coronavirus Strain

By Associated Press
Thai officials have reported that a traveler from Wuhan has been hospitalized in Thailand with the virus.
What’s Next for Malaysia’s Capabilities After Its Helicopter Decommissioning?
January 14, 2020

What’s Next for Malaysia’s Capabilities After Its Helicopter Decommissioning?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Ongoing efforts to decommission aging equipment spotlight the broader issue with the country’s capabilities.

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