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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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Why Isn’t Indonesia Seeking China’s Funding for Its New Capital?
April 03, 2020

Why Isn’t Indonesia Seeking China’s Funding for Its New Capital?

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dimas Permadi
Indonesia prefers to partner with other countries, not China, in building its new capital city. That's a wake-up call for Beijing.
Will the COVID-19 Crisis Spell the End of Cambodia’s Hun Sen?
April 02, 2020

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Spell the End of Cambodia’s Hun Sen?

By David Hutt
COVID-19 may not topple Cambodia’s Hun Sen, but its shockwaves could spark the beginning of the end of his rule.

Thailand Imposes New Coronavirus Curfew
April 02, 2020

Thailand Imposes New Coronavirus Curfew

By Associated Press
Thailand's prime minister announced a nationwide night curfew starting Friday to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Singapore’s COVID-19 General Elections
April 02, 2020

Singapore’s COVID-19 General Elections

By Bilveer Singh
How COVID-19 will influence Singapore’s soon to be held 2020 general elections?

What Did the 2020 China-Cambodia Golden Dragon Military Exercise Actually Achieve?
April 01, 2020

What Did the 2020 China-Cambodia Golden Dragon Military Exercise Actually Achieve?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at how the recent drills, held amid the coronavirus crisis, actually played out.
Southeast Asia’s Teenage Extremists
April 01, 2020

Southeast Asia’s Teenage Extremists

By Amalina Abdul Nasir and Kenneth Yeo
The detention of a secondary school student in Singapore in February highlights an ongoing trend in youth radicalization among supporters of the Islamic State.

The Geopolitics of Southeast Asia’s Coronavirus Challenge
April 01, 2020

The Geopolitics of Southeast Asia’s Coronavirus Challenge

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While the dust is still settling, it is worth examining what the potential geopolitical implications of COVID-19 will be on the region.
China-Laos Relations in Focus with New Railway Project Milestone
March 31, 2020

China-Laos Relations in Focus with New Railway Project Milestone

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The kicking off of track laying work spotlighted the development of a key infrastructure project within the bilateral relationship.

China’s Mekong Security Role in the Headlines with New Joint Patrols
March 31, 2020

China’s Mekong Security Role in the Headlines with New Joint Patrols

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The latest patrols spotlighted China’s efforts to boost security collaboration with Mekong states despite the challenges that remain.

New Temburong Bridge Opening Highlights China-Brunei Relations Amid Coronavirus Challenge
March 31, 2020

New Temburong Bridge Opening Highlights China-Brunei Relations Amid Coronavirus Challenge

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the recent unveiling of the key infrastructure project.

Vietnam’s Big Air Pollution Challenge
March 30, 2020

Vietnam’s Big Air Pollution Challenge

By Thang Nam Do
Bold action is needed to address the country’s problem.
What’s Next for Timor-Leste’s Politics?
March 30, 2020

What’s Next for Timor-Leste’s Politics?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Even if a new government does take office soon, the country faces some significant challenges ahead.

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