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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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ASEAN Envoy Calls for Release of Aung San Suu Kyi from Solitary Confinement
June 28, 2022

ASEAN Envoy Calls for Release of Aung San Suu Kyi from Solitary Confinement

By Sebastian Strangio
This week, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn will begin his second official mission to the country as the bloc's special envoy.
Arrests and Censorship Mark Rodrigo Duterte’s Final Month in Power
June 28, 2022

Arrests and Censorship Mark Rodrigo Duterte’s Final Month in Power

By Mong Palatino
The president has solidified his reputation as a leader who enabled the rapid deterioration of human rights in the Philippines.

Laos Is On the Brink of Sovereign Bankruptcy
June 28, 2022

Laos Is On the Brink of Sovereign Bankruptcy

By Luke Hunt
Debt, wealth inequality, and corruption will keep the country poor.

Cambodia Confirms CPP’s Landslide Victory in Commune Election
June 27, 2022

Cambodia Confirms CPP’s Landslide Victory in Commune Election

By Sebastian Strangio
Prime Minister Hun Sen's party won nearly three-quarters of the vote in an election marred by claims of vote-buying and intimidation.

Philippines Nixes Joint Maritime Resource Exploration Talks With China
June 24, 2022

Philippines Nixes Joint Maritime Resource Exploration Talks With China

By Sebastian Strangio
In 2018, Manila and Beijing began talks on the joint exploration of offshore oil and gas resources in disputed areas of the South China Sea.
‘Just a Maid’: Report Highlights Emotional Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore
June 24, 2022

‘Just a Maid’: Report Highlights Emotional Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore

By Sebastian Strangio
Workers, most of them from the Philippines, reported being subject to threats, intimidation, and invasion of privacy.

Indonesia Confirms President Jokowi’s Trip to Russia, Ukraine
June 23, 2022

Indonesia Confirms President Jokowi’s Trip to Russia, Ukraine

By Sebastian Strangio
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that the Indonesian leader will visit the two warring nations "in the spirit of peace."
Myanmar Junta Moves Aung San Suu Kyi Trial to New Prison Facility
June 23, 2022

Myanmar Junta Moves Aung San Suu Kyi Trial to New Prison Facility

By Sebastian Strangio
The ousted leader's transfer came as the military administration's defense minister attended an ASEAN meeting in Cambodia.

In Laos, Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh Is In Trouble
June 23, 2022

In Laos, Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh Is In Trouble

By David Hutt
Since he took the reins last year, the country's economy has entered a downward economic spiral with no clear end in sight.

Thailand Sees Fresh Surge of Refugees, Migrants from Myanmar: Report
June 22, 2022

Thailand Sees Fresh Surge of Refugees, Migrants from Myanmar: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
A Thailand-based NGO claims that Thai police have detained nearly 20,000 people trying to cross the border in the last five months alone.

China’s Growing ‘Twiplomacy’ in Indonesia
June 22, 2022

China’s Growing ‘Twiplomacy’ in Indonesia

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Despite being banned inside China, Twitter is broadening Chinese diplomats' engagements with the Indonesian public.
Leading Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation
June 22, 2022

Leading Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is the second former leader of the banned Future Forward Party to be charged under Section 112 of the Criminal Code.

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