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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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Kamala Harris Says US Commitment to Philippines ‘Unwavering’
November 22, 2022

Kamala Harris Says US Commitment to Philippines ‘Unwavering’

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.S. vice president's visit to the Philippines has seemingly closed the book on the problems and tensions of the Rodrigo Duterte era.
Indonesian Quake Kills at Least 162 and Injures Hundreds
November 22, 2022

Indonesian Quake Kills at Least 162 and Injures Hundreds

By Firman Taufiq and Edna Tarigan
A magnitude 5.6 quake shook Cianjur in West Java province in the late afternoon.

US Vice President Arrives in Philippines to Affirm Security Ties
November 21, 2022

US Vice President Arrives in Philippines to Affirm Security Ties

By Sebastian Strangio
Kamala Harris is the highest-ranking Biden administration official to visit the country, marking a revival of ties after the tensions of the Duterte years.

Philippines Assures UN that it Upholds Human Rights
November 21, 2022

Philippines Assures UN that it Upholds Human Rights

By Mong Palatino
Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla denied the claims that the country is plagued by a "culture of impunity."

Malay Nationalist Bloc on Brink of Power in Malaysia After Indecisive Election
November 21, 2022

Malay Nationalist Bloc on Brink of Power in Malaysia After Indecisive Election

By Sebastian Strangio
After a surprise return at Saturday's election, Muhyiddin Yassin's Perikatan Nasional coalition is in the box seat to form the next government.
A New Era of Thailand-France Relations?
November 18, 2022

A New Era of Thailand-France Relations?

By Tita Sanglee
The two nations, which share a troubled history, find themselves in increasing alignment on the pressing strategic questions of the day.

Cambodian Forestry Official Arrested in US Over Alleged Monkey-Smuggling Scheme
November 18, 2022

Cambodian Forestry Official Arrested in US Over Alleged Monkey-Smuggling Scheme

By Sebastian Strangio
Masphal Kry, a Cambodian forestry official, and seven others have been charged with conspiring to illegally export long-tailed macaques to the United States.
Why Was the Iranian Navy in Jakarta?
November 18, 2022

Why Was the Iranian Navy in Jakarta?

By Patrick Dupont
Indonesia's growing ties with Iran and other Middle Eastern states offer a good illustration of its "free and active" foreign policy tradition.

Myanmar Junta Releases High-Profile Foreign Prisoners in Mass Amnesty
November 17, 2022

Myanmar Junta Releases High-Profile Foreign Prisoners in Mass Amnesty

By Sebastian Strangio
The release of Australian economist Sean Turnell and three other foreigners is a likely attempt to preempt ASEAN's growing frustration with the coup government.

Jokowi Says Indonesia Will Bid to Host 2036 Olympics in New Capital
November 17, 2022

Jokowi Says Indonesia Will Bid to Host 2036 Olympics in New Capital

By Sebastian Strangio
Like the new capital project, the bid reflects the Indonesian leader's ambition to leave a lasting impression on his country.

Why the Current Stall in US-Vietnam Relations is Necessary for Vietnam’s Security
November 17, 2022

Why the Current Stall in US-Vietnam Relations is Necessary for Vietnam’s Security

By Khang Vu
As has been the case for much of history, stable, manageable relations with China form the foundation of the country's foreign policy.
Philippines Registers ‘Sharpest Ever’ Decline in Birthrate
November 16, 2022

Philippines Registers ‘Sharpest Ever’ Decline in Birthrate

By Sebastian Strangio
The Catholic-majority country now has a birthrate of just 1.9 children per adult woman, the third-lowest in Southeast Asia.

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