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Southeast Asia

Thailand’s Showdown Over Interest Rates, Explained

Thailand’s Showdown Over Interest Rates, Explained

By James Guild
The economic rationale of the Bank of Thailand, and the political incentives of the current government, have been at odds since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Musk to ‘Consider’ Opening Battery Plant in Indonesia, Senior Official Says

Musk to ‘Consider’ Opening Battery Plant in Indonesia, Senior Official Says

By Sebastian Strangio
A Tesla investment would be a significant vote of confidence in Jakarta's ambition of becoming an EV production powerhouse.
Philippines Calls for International Probe Into Environmental Damage at Disputed Shoal

Philippines Calls for International Probe Into Environmental Damage at Disputed Shoal

By Sebastian Strangio
The Philippine Coast Guard claims that Chinese fishermen hunting giant clams have caused significant damage to the reefs at Scarborough Shoal.

Myanmar Military Could Be Tried For Crimes in New Zealand, NUG Says

Myanmar Military Could Be Tried For Crimes in New Zealand, NUG Says

By Luke Hunt
Anti-regime forces expected to focus on Yangon during the upcoming rainy season.

Vietnam’s National Assembly Approves New Chair, President Expected Soon

Vietnam’s National Assembly Approves New Chair, President Expected Soon

By Sebastian Strangio
The Vietnamese legislature is also expected to approve the elevation of To Lam, the powerful public security minister, to the presidency.

Arakan Army Takes Key Town in Western Myanmar, While Denying Rohingya Attacks

Arakan Army Takes Key Town in Western Myanmar, While Denying Rohingya Attacks

By Sebastian Strangio
Rights groups have accused the Arakan Army of displacing tens of thousands of Rohingya civilians during its seizure of the town of Buthidaung.

Russian Fighter Deal Reflects Indonesia’s Goal of a ‘Sanctions-Proof’ Economy

Russian Fighter Deal Reflects Indonesia’s Goal of a ‘Sanctions-Proof’ Economy

By A. B. Abrams
As geopolitical tensions grow, Jakarta is seeking to insulate its military, and its economy, from possible Western pressure.
Thaksin Shinawatra and the Rise of Political Nihilism in Thailand

Thaksin Shinawatra and the Rise of Political Nihilism in Thailand

By Tita Sanglee
As expected, the newly rehabilitated former prime minister is again flaunting his political influence – to Thailand's detriment.

The Luzon Economic Corridor: A Badly-Needed Win For the US in Southeast Asia?

The Luzon Economic Corridor: A Badly-Needed Win For the US in Southeast Asia?

By Kevin Chen
As a proof of concept for the G-7's Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, there is a lot riding on the initiative in the northern Philippines.

The Philippines’ $35 Billion Military Modernization Plan, Explained

The Philippines’ $35 Billion Military Modernization Plan, Explained

By James Guild
Manila is seeking to take a major step forward in the modernization of its armed forces, but current economic conditions are challenging.

ASEAN Envoy Travels to Myanmar, Meets Military Junta Chief

ASEAN Envoy Travels to Myanmar, Meets Military Junta Chief

By Sebastian Strangio
Alounkeo Kittikhoun and Min Aung Hlaing discussed Myanmar's representation within ASEAN and the bloc’s provision of humanitarian aid to the country.
China-Funded Canal Project Strains Cambodia-Vietnam Ties

China-Funded Canal Project Strains Cambodia-Vietnam Ties

By Huynh Tam Sang
Phnom Penh claims that the Funan Techo Canal will give it greater economic autonomy, but Hanoi is concerned about the project's environmental and security implications.

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