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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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ASEAN Takes Position vs China’s Vast Historical Sea Claims
June 29, 2020

ASEAN Takes Position vs China’s Vast Historical Sea Claims

By Associated Press
The recent statement marks a significant strengthening of the regional bloc's assertion of the rule of law in the disputed region.
The Complicated Politics of Chinese Workers in Indonesia
June 26, 2020

The Complicated Politics of Chinese Workers in Indonesia

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dikanaya Tarahita
The new wave of Chinese migrants has ignited criticism among many segments in Indonesian society – including Chinese Indonesians.

The Shrinking Space for Refugee Rights in Malaysia
June 26, 2020

The Shrinking Space for Refugee Rights in Malaysia

By Saqib Sheikh
Malaysia hosts approximately 180,000 refugees but does not grant them formal recognition.

Suspending Lèse Majesté Could Actually Strengthen Thailand’s Monarchy
June 25, 2020

Suspending Lèse Majesté Could Actually Strengthen Thailand’s Monarchy

By David Hutt
Free speech could even get worse because of the suspension of lèse majesté.

Pandemic-Proofing South Korea’s Investment in Myanmar
June 24, 2020

Pandemic-Proofing South Korea’s Investment in Myanmar

By Sinmyung Park
From garments to agriculture, South Korea has teamed up with Myanmar’s industries. How can cooperation best weather COVID-19?
Singapore PM’s Brother Joins Opposition Party Ahead of Polls
June 24, 2020

Singapore PM’s Brother Joins Opposition Party Ahead of Polls

By Associated Press
Lee Hsien Yang, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's estranged brother, joined an opposition party but declined to say whether he’d run in the July 10 polls.

Singapore Leader Calls Early Elections Despite Pandemic
June 24, 2020

Singapore Leader Calls Early Elections Despite Pandemic

By Associated Press
The July 10 polls will likely be the swan song for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
How Are Indonesia’s Terrorist Groups Weathering the Pandemic?
June 23, 2020

How Are Indonesia’s Terrorist Groups Weathering the Pandemic?

By Zachary Abuza and Alif Satria
A group’s ability to exploit the pandemic is confined by their existing structure and resiliency.

Thai Army Whistleblower Accused of Abandoning Post Gets Bail
June 22, 2020

Thai Army Whistleblower Accused of Abandoning Post Gets Bail

By Associated Press
Sgt. Narongchai tried to expose corruption in his unit via official channels and his career suffered. He later fled his unit in fear for his life after reporting once again.

Vietnam Ratifies EU Free Trade Agreement, What’s Next?
June 22, 2020

Vietnam Ratifies EU Free Trade Agreement, What’s Next?

By Thoi Nguyen
Hopes are high that the EVFTA will have a big impact.

Making Sense of Indonesia’s Economic Diplomacy
June 20, 2020

Making Sense of Indonesia’s Economic Diplomacy

By Moch Faisal Karim
Looking back at the country’s at-time contradictory approach to multilateral trade governance.
Leveraging Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success
June 19, 2020

Leveraging Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success

By Trien Vinh Le and Huy Quynh Nguyen
Vietnam’s success in containing COVID-19 provides a chance to to use earned legitimacy as a springboard to reforms.

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