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Philippine Jeepneys Won’t Go Down Without a Fight
December 04, 2020

Philippine Jeepneys Won’t Go Down Without a Fight

By Michael Beltran
Drivers have pushed back against a forced modernization scheme which the government says is needed to bring the iconic vehicles up to modern standards. 

Bangladesh Begins Relocating Rohingya Refugees to Island
December 04, 2020

Bangladesh Begins Relocating Rohingya Refugees to Island

By Associated Press
International aid agencies and the U.N. have vehemently opposed the relocation since it was first proposed in 2015
A Hitch in the Belt and Road in Myanmar
December 03, 2020

A Hitch in the Belt and Road in Myanmar

By Gene Ryack
A long-running war and COVID-19 muddle development in Kyaukphyu, Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Kachin State Sees Boom in Chinese Banana Cultivation
December 03, 2020

Myanmar’s Kachin State Sees Boom in Chinese Banana Cultivation

By Sebastian Strangio
Seeking quick returns, Chinese investors are driving a scramble for plantation land in parts of northern Myanmar.

The Jakarta-Bandung Rail Project: 5 Years On and Still Going Nowhere
December 03, 2020

The Jakarta-Bandung Rail Project: 5 Years On and Still Going Nowhere

By Meiki W. Paendong
The railway, China's landmark BRI project in Indonesia, has failed to account for its economic and social impacts.

What Explains Cambodia’s COVID-19 Charm Offensive?
December 03, 2020

What Explains Cambodia’s COVID-19 Charm Offensive?

By Sebastian Strangio
In recent weeks, the nation has donated masks and personal protective equipment to several other Southeast Asian nations.

Thai Prime Minister Acquitted of Ethics Breach, Retains Post
December 03, 2020

Thai Prime Minister Acquitted of Ethics Breach, Retains Post

By Associated Press
A nine-judge panel agreed with the army that retired senior officers such as Prayut are allowed to stay in army housing in recognition of their service.
Myanmar’s Long COVID-19 First Wave Continues
December 02, 2020

Myanmar’s Long COVID-19 First Wave Continues

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's porous and poorly regulated borders loom as potential vectors for crossborder transmission.

The Philippines Is Sticking Right by America’s Side
December 02, 2020

The Philippines Is Sticking Right by America’s Side

By Derek Grossman
Despite President Duterte's much-vaunted "pivot to China," the nation's relationship with the U.S. remains as strong as ever.

A Global Town Hall Welcomes America Back
December 02, 2020

A Global Town Hall Welcomes America Back

By Donald K. Emmerson
Despite the reversals of the Trump era, a flurry of online diplomacy served as a reminder that the U.S. is welcome in Southeast Asia.

Cambodian Opposition Figures Once Again Promise to Return
December 02, 2020

Cambodian Opposition Figures Once Again Promise to Return

By Sebastian Strangio
Leaders of Cambodia's disbanded opposition party hope to call international attention to the country's political situation.
‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ Arrives Safely in Cambodia
December 01, 2020

‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ Arrives Safely in Cambodia

By Associated Press
Kaavan, a 1985 gift from Sri Lanka to Pakistan, had lived since 2012 all alone in a Pakistani zoo after his partner died.

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