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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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Amid Chinese Push, US Official to Visit Three Southeast Asian Nations
May 25, 2021

Amid Chinese Push, US Official to Visit Three Southeast Asian Nations

By Sebastian Strangio
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is scheduled to visit Jakarta, Bangkok, and Phnom Penh.
Is Malaysia Really a ‘Maritime’ Nation?
May 25, 2021

Is Malaysia Really a ‘Maritime’ Nation?

By Adam Leong Kok Wey
Despite its close connection to the maritime domain, Malaysia still thinks and behaves strategically like a continental power.

Digging In, Myanmar’s Military Junta Detains US Journalist
May 25, 2021

Digging In, Myanmar’s Military Junta Detains US Journalist

By Sebastian Strangio
The arrest of Danny Fenster is a sign that the military is preparing to weather a long period of alienation from the West.

ASEAN’s Special Leaders Meeting on Myanmar, One Month On
May 24, 2021

ASEAN’s Special Leaders Meeting on Myanmar, One Month On

By Sebastian Strangio
The bloc's progress has been sluggish, but it reflects in part the deadlocked nature of the country's crisis.

Cambodia Sets Up Working Group to Scrutinize Granting of Honorific Title
May 24, 2021

Cambodia Sets Up Working Group to Scrutinize Granting of Honorific Title

By Sebastian Strangio
The 'oknha' title encapsulates the tight political pact between the ruling CPP and the Cambodian business community.
Myanmar Military-Appointed Election Chief to Consider Dissolving National League for Democracy
May 22, 2021

Myanmar Military-Appointed Election Chief to Consider Dissolving National League for Democracy

By Associated Press
The party of now-detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi won huge majorities in 2015 and 2020. Now it might be banned by the junta.

Thailand’s Prison Overcrowding Crisis Exacerbated by COVID-19
May 21, 2021

Thailand’s Prison Overcrowding Crisis Exacerbated by COVID-19

By Gloria Lai
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, prisons in Thailand were already in a state of crisis. Reform is long overdue.
Key Cambodian Opposition Figure Defects From Banned CNRP
May 21, 2021

Key Cambodian Opposition Figure Defects From Banned CNRP

By Sebastian Strangio
Prime Minister Hun Sen's strategy for fracturing the opposition is slowly bearing fruit.

Singapore Rebukes US Embassy Over LGBT Rights Event
May 21, 2021

Singapore Rebukes US Embassy Over LGBT Rights Event

By Sebastian Strangio
The statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs carried echoes of the "Asian values" debate of the 1990s.

Ahead of Vietnam’s One-Party Elections, the State Punishes Online Calls for Democracy
May 21, 2021

Ahead of Vietnam’s One-Party Elections, the State Punishes Online Calls for Democracy

By Tessa Weal
To secure its monopoly on power, the Communist Party bends the rules, bans the competition, and dominates the digital landscape.

COVID-19 Continues to Spread in Vietnam’s North
May 20, 2021

COVID-19 Continues to Spread in Vietnam’s North

By Sebastian Strangio
Vietnam's outbreak highlights the fact that victories against the coronavirus are fragile and easily reversed.
Thais Killed by Rocket in Israel Part of Large Workforce
May 20, 2021

Thais Killed by Rocket in Israel Part of Large Workforce

By Grant Peck
Israel hosts the second largest numbers of overseas Thai workers after Taiwan.

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