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What Does Vietnam Think About America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy?
August 05, 2020

What Does Vietnam Think About America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy?

By Derek Grossman
The South China Sea is where the rubber meets the road for U.S.-Vietnam security ties, and in this regard, Hanoi has gone as far as it is comfortable.

South China Sea: The Battle of the Diplomatic Notes Continues
August 04, 2020

South China Sea: The Battle of the Diplomatic Notes Continues

By Nguyen Hong Thao
The latest round of diplomatic note exchanges resurrected the 2016 arbitral tribunal award.
Philippine Capital Returning to Lockdown as Virus Surges
August 03, 2020

Philippine Capital Returning to Lockdown as Virus Surges

By Associated Press
Starting Tuesday, the metro Manila area and five densely populated provinces will revert to strict quarantine regulations.

Myanmar’s Ceasefire Falls Apart in Shan State
August 01, 2020

Myanmar’s Ceasefire Falls Apart in Shan State

By Maggi Quadrini
Instability in northern Shan state is increasing the forced displacement of locals, along other rights abuses.

Thai Court Allows Cambodian Class Action Against Thai Firm
August 01, 2020

Thai Court Allows Cambodian Class Action Against Thai Firm

By Associated Press
"This is a David vs. Goliath case that will redefine access to justice for the victims of corporate abuse in Southeast Asia and beyond,” one expert said.

In Vietnam, an Ancient Town Struggles With a New COVID-19 Outbreak
July 31, 2020

In Vietnam, an Ancient Town Struggles With a New COVID-19 Outbreak

By Pham Thi Thuy Duong
Even before the outbreak in Da Nang, Hoi An’s people were devastated by the loss of tourists. Now the slight hope of economic recovery has been dashed.

It’s Too Early to Celebrate Najib’s Historic Corruption Sentence
July 31, 2020

It’s Too Early to Celebrate Najib’s Historic Corruption Sentence

By Binaifer Nowrojee
With Najib’s political allies back in power and an ongoing crackdown on the forces pushing for accountability, the case is anything but closed.
The Internationalization of China’s Currency in Indonesia
July 31, 2020

The Internationalization of China’s Currency in Indonesia

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
The RMB is gradually making inroads in Indonesia.

After 99 Days of Success, Virus Returns to Haunt Vietnam
July 30, 2020

After 99 Days of Success, Virus Returns to Haunt Vietnam

By Associated Press
The outbreak began last Thursday in Da Nang and the authorities haven’t figured out yet exactly how the virus crept back into the country.

Why Are Peaceful Human Rights Activists Still Behind Bars in Vietnam?
July 30, 2020

Why Are Peaceful Human Rights Activists Still Behind Bars in Vietnam?

By Kasit Piromya
In the midst of a global pandemic, Vietnamese authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Nguyen Bac Truyen, and other prisoners of conscience like him.

Will Cambodia’s Shift in Focus to Small-Scale Farming Work?
July 29, 2020

Will Cambodia’s Shift in Focus to Small-Scale Farming Work?

By Len Ang
Is the COVID-motivated shift enough to support all the laid-off garment industry workers? Who will really benefit?
Thai PM Orders Probe Into Dropping of Red Bull Scion’s Case 
July 29, 2020

Thai PM Orders Probe Into Dropping of Red Bull Scion’s Case 

By Associated Press
A Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune was accused of killing a policeman in a hit-and-run eight years ago. Charges were dropped. Why?

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