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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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Could Vietnam’s President Be the Next Senior Official to Fall?
January 17, 2023

Could Vietnam’s President Be the Next Senior Official to Fall?

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's National Assembly will reportedly hold a meeting tomorrow that could result in the removal of more high-level officials.
Chinese and Indonesian Workers Clash at Indonesian Nickel Plant
January 17, 2023

Chinese and Indonesian Workers Clash at Indonesian Nickel Plant

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Yeta Purnama
The violence, which resulted in the deaths of two workers, is likely to inflame anti-Chinese sentiment in the country.

Indonesia Opens Trial Into Malang Stadium Disaster
January 17, 2023

Indonesia Opens Trial Into Malang Stadium Disaster

By Sebastian Strangio
Five individuals are accused of "criminal negligence" for their alleged roles in the crowd crush, which took the lives of 135 spectators.

Foreign Companies Enabling Myanmar’s Domestic Arms Industry: Report
January 16, 2023

Foreign Companies Enabling Myanmar’s Domestic Arms Industry: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
Since the late 1980s, the military has developed a "multi-faceted arms industrial complex" that has cushioned it from the impact of Western sanctions and arms embargoes.

‘What is Happening to Us is Coming For You’
January 16, 2023

‘What is Happening to Us is Coming For You’

By Sribala Subramanian
How the Philippines became “ground zero” for the corrosive effects of social media.
How the Onion Became the Symbol of Inflation in the Philippines
January 16, 2023

How the Onion Became the Symbol of Inflation in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
In December, the staple vegetable was selling for more than the cost of chicken and beef.

In Indonesia, Thousands Rally Against Presidential Job Decree
January 16, 2023

In Indonesia, Thousands Rally Against Presidential Job Decree

By Sebastian Strangio
Critics accuse President Joko Widodo of using emergency powers to circumvent a Constitutional Court's ruling on a controversial jobs creation law.
Min Aung Hlaing Family Assets Recovered in Thai Drug Raid
January 13, 2023

Min Aung Hlaing Family Assets Recovered in Thai Drug Raid

By Sebastian Strangio
The discoveries, which include assets belonging to the Myanmar junta chief's adult son and daughter, suggest that military figures are using Thailand as a financial safe haven.

Malaysia Could Cut Palm Oil Exports to the European Union
January 13, 2023

Malaysia Could Cut Palm Oil Exports to the European Union

By Sebastian Strangio
The move followed Brussels' passage of a law that could severely restrict palm oil imports to the European bloc.

Indonesia to Establish Special Office to Handle Myanmar Crisis
January 12, 2023

Indonesia to Establish Special Office to Handle Myanmar Crisis

By Sebastian Strangio
Among the challenges facing Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her team will be how to respond to the junta's planned sham elections.

Indonesia’s Jokowi Admits to Serious Past Human Rights Abuses
January 12, 2023

Indonesia’s Jokowi Admits to Serious Past Human Rights Abuses

By Sebastian Strangio
The leader acknowledged 12 episodes of gross human rights violations that occurred between the 1960s and the early 2000s.
Cambodian PM Threatens Opponents With Legal Action, Violence
January 11, 2023

Cambodian PM Threatens Opponents With Legal Action, Violence

By Sebastian Strangio
Despite his party's nearly unchallenged dominance, Hun Sen is bent on preventing the emergence of a political alternative.

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