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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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Myanmar Junta Imposes Fresh Charges on Aung San Suu Kyi
July 13, 2021

Myanmar Junta Imposes Fresh Charges on Aung San Suu Kyi

By Sebastian Strangio
The military is attempting to sideline the 76-year-old leader from Myanmar politics permanently.
China Tightens Border Controls as COVID-19 Surges in Myanmar
July 13, 2021

China Tightens Border Controls as COVID-19 Surges in Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
Measures include the effective fortification of large parts of the border between the two countries.

6 Out of 10 ASEAN Leaders Listed in RSF’s Gallery of ‘Press Predators’
July 13, 2021

6 Out of 10 ASEAN Leaders Listed in RSF’s Gallery of ‘Press Predators’

By Luke Hunt
In Myanmar, “terror is back” – and the same can be said for much of Asia.

Malaysia’s ‘Total Lockdown’ Failure Plunges Hospitals Into Crisis
July 12, 2021

Malaysia’s ‘Total Lockdown’ Failure Plunges Hospitals Into Crisis

By Alifah Zainuddin
A COVID-19 surge is overwhelming many of Malaysia’s intensive care units, as rivalries among politicians allow a disaster to unfold.

The Regional Absence in Mainland Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Strategy
July 12, 2021

The Regional Absence in Mainland Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Strategy

By David Hutt
Despite their local vaccination efforts, the nations of the region won't be safe until the entire region achieves herd immunity.
Key Questions Remain Unanswered in Killing of Cambodian Activist
July 12, 2021

Key Questions Remain Unanswered in Killing of Cambodian Activist

By Sebastian Strangio
The 2016 killing of Dr. Kem Ley marked the beginning of a severe tightening of the political space.

COVID-19 Tightens Its Grip on Southeast Asia
July 09, 2021

COVID-19 Tightens Its Grip on Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
At least half of the region's 11 nations have seen record daily infection counts over the past week.
COVID-19’s Toll on Youth in Southeast Asia
July 09, 2021

COVID-19’s Toll on Youth in Southeast Asia

By Karen Lee
With infections spiking across the region, young people are likely to be disproportionately affected over the long term.

Norway’s Telenor Sells Myanmar Telecoms Operation to Lebanese Firm
July 09, 2021

Norway’s Telenor Sells Myanmar Telecoms Operation to Lebanese Firm

By Sebastian Strangio
The buyer was M1 Group, a Beirut-based firm with links to Myanmar's military.

UMNO Withdraws Its Support for Malaysian Ruling Coalition
July 08, 2021

UMNO Withdraws Its Support for Malaysian Ruling Coalition

By Sebastian Strangio
The move comes after months of sniping between the party and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's camp.

Desperate Indonesians Search for Oxygen as Virus Cases Soar
July 08, 2021

Desperate Indonesians Search for Oxygen as Virus Cases Soar

By Niniek Karmini
Hospitals are bursting beyond capacity and oxygen supplies are running out, leaving people desperate.
ASEAN Plans to Expedite Myanmar Response: Singapore
July 07, 2021

ASEAN Plans to Expedite Myanmar Response: Singapore

By Sebastian Strangio
The Southeast Asian bloc has so far struggled to implement its "five-point consensus."

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