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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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COVID-19 Vaccine Delays Push Indonesia Into Reliance on China
April 22, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Delays Push Indonesia Into Reliance on China

By Sebastian Strangio
Beijing's comments on “vaccine nationalism” hints at its desire to position itself as the vaccine supplier of first resort to the developing world.
Cambodia COVID-19 Drive Rests on Elite Charity Networks
April 22, 2021

Cambodia COVID-19 Drive Rests on Elite Charity Networks

By David Hutt
The Cambodian government is presenting COVID-19 relief packages as a gift from the wealthy and well-connected.

Thai PM to Skip Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar
April 21, 2021

Thai PM to Skip Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
The leaders of eight Southeast Asian nations, including Myanmar's junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, are confirmed attendees at the meeting.

Amid Surge, Thailand Seeks Additional Shipment of COVID-19 Vaccines
April 21, 2021

Amid Surge, Thailand Seeks Additional Shipment of COVID-19 Vaccines

By Sebastian Strangio
The order is an admission that the government's vaccine procurement efforts have fallen far short of the mark.

Pandemic Year Saw Sharp Decline in Southeast Asian Press Freedoms
April 20, 2021

Pandemic Year Saw Sharp Decline in Southeast Asian Press Freedoms

By Sebastian Strangio
COVID-19 has offered governments a handy pretext for settling their scores with journalists and independent media outlets.
The Prospects for ‘Global Britain’ in Southeast Asia
April 20, 2021

The Prospects for ‘Global Britain’ in Southeast Asia

By Noto Suoneto and Frederik Wrist
The U.K.'s engagement with Southeast Asia will be a test of London’s claim to a major role on the world stage.

Former UN Leader Presses for ‘Strong Action’ on Myanmar
April 20, 2021

Former UN Leader Presses for ‘Strong Action’ on Myanmar

By Jennifer Peltz
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted the U.N. Security Council to act immediately.
Myanmar Coup Opponents Announce National Unity Government
April 19, 2021

Myanmar Coup Opponents Announce National Unity Government

By Sebastian Strangio
The move marks the beginning of a protracted struggle for the country's future.

Southeast Asian Nations Need to Settle Spratly Disputes: Retired Judge
April 19, 2021

Southeast Asian Nations Need to Settle Spratly Disputes: Retired Judge

By Sebastian Strangio
A retired Philippine Supreme Court Justice Antonio says that the three nations should submit themselves to voluntary legal arbitration.

Timor-Leste: Natural Disasters and COVID-19 Take Their Toll
April 19, 2021

Timor-Leste: Natural Disasters and COVID-19 Take Their Toll

By Guteriano Neves
A recent cyclone has added another layer to the challenges that Timor-Leste is facing in the fight against COVID-19.

Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar Set for April 24
April 16, 2021

Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar Set for April 24

By Sebastian Strangio
After weeks of planning, the long-promised emergency meeting on the crisis in Myanmar finally has a date.
Cambodia Risks Being Left Behind by Workplace Automation
April 16, 2021

Cambodia Risks Being Left Behind by Workplace Automation

By David Hutt
The Cambodian government has done little to prepare its population for an epochal economic shift.

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