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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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Vietnam Signs Cuban COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Deal
September 21, 2021

Vietnam Signs Cuban COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Deal

By Sebastian Strangio
The deal will see Vietnam purchase 10 million doses of the communist state's homegrown Abdala vaccine.
Philippine Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao Enters the Presidential Ring
September 20, 2021

Philippine Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao Enters the Presidential Ring

By Sebastian Strangio
Pacquiao's candidacy threatens to spoil President Duterte's hopes for a smooth transition to an anointed successor.

Myanmar’s Currency Falls to All-Time Low Amid Post-Coup Turmoil
September 20, 2021

Myanmar’s Currency Falls to All-Time Low Amid Post-Coup Turmoil

By Sebastian Strangio
Booming demand and limited supply of U.S. dollars have seen the kyat steadily lose value.

In Southeast Asia, Privatized Vaccination Schemes Gain Traction
September 20, 2021

In Southeast Asia, Privatized Vaccination Schemes Gain Traction

By Simon Tran Hudes and Estey Chen
Governments struggling with under-capacity have turned to the private sector for assistance in distributing vaccines.

What Does the New AUKUS Alliance Mean for Southeast Asia?
September 17, 2021

What Does the New AUKUS Alliance Mean for Southeast Asia?

By Sebastian Strangio
The new partnership is likely to be greeted with ambivalence in a region that has little appetite for a new Cold War.
The Forgotten Vaccine: Russia’s Sputnik V in Thailand and Southeast Asia
September 17, 2021

The Forgotten Vaccine: Russia’s Sputnik V in Thailand and Southeast Asia

By Tita Sanglee
Despite all the hype and promises, Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has made few inroads in Southeast Asia.

Despite Crime Concerns, Laos Authorizes Cryptocurrency Trial
September 16, 2021

Despite Crime Concerns, Laos Authorizes Cryptocurrency Trial

By Sebastian Strangio
But little good will come from authorizing the mining and trading of the volatile digital currencies.
Rethinking Social Protection Programs: Cambodian Migrant Workers Deserve Better
September 16, 2021

Rethinking Social Protection Programs: Cambodian Migrant Workers Deserve Better

By Try Sophea
COVID-19 has imposed a particularly heavy burden on Southeast Asia's thousands of undocumented migrant workers.

How ‘Konfrontasi’ Reshaped Southeast Asian Regional Politics
September 16, 2021

How ‘Konfrontasi’ Reshaped Southeast Asian Regional Politics

By Adam Leong Kok Wey
The tensions of the 1960s served as the catalyst for the creation of today's peaceful, prosperous, and cohesive Southeast Asia.

ICC Authorizes Investigation Into Philippines’ ‘Drug War’ Killings
September 16, 2021

ICC Authorizes Investigation Into Philippines’ ‘Drug War’ Killings

By Sebastian Strangio
Judges say that the “specific legal element of the crime against humanity of murder” has been met in the sanguinary crackdown.

Giant Buddha Statue Plan Rankles Residents of Laos’ Capital: Report
September 15, 2021

Giant Buddha Statue Plan Rankles Residents of Laos’ Capital: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
A Chinese firm's plans to build a 100-meter-high Buddha statue in low-lying Vientiane encapsulate China's outsized economic presence in Laos.
What Would a New US-Philippines Defense Agenda Look Like?
September 15, 2021

What Would a New US-Philippines Defense Agenda Look Like?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Both sides are outlining an agenda that attempts to modernize the alliance in the face of new challenges.

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