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Philippines’ Duterte Retains Pact Allowing US War Exercises
July 30, 2021

Philippines’ Duterte Retains Pact Allowing US War Exercises

By Jim Gomez
The president has formally retracted his earlier letter announcing the termination of the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement.

Malaysia PM Under Pressure to Quit After Stern Royal Rebuke
July 29, 2021

Malaysia PM Under Pressure to Quit After Stern Royal Rebuke

By Eileen Ng
The king’s statement immediately sparked an uproar in Parliament, with opposition lawmakers shouting “treason” and demanding that Prime Minister Muhyiddin resign.
Olympic Champion Hidilyn Diaz Deserves an Apology From the Philippine Government
July 29, 2021

Olympic Champion Hidilyn Diaz Deserves an Apology From the Philippine Government

By Mong Palatino
The Philippines’ first-ever gold medalist had an earlier claim to fame: being accused of conspiring against the Duterte administration.

COVID-19 Turned Vietnam’s State-Run Union’s Greatest Weakness Into Its Biggest Strength
July 29, 2021

COVID-19 Turned Vietnam’s State-Run Union’s Greatest Weakness Into Its Biggest Strength

By Joe Buckley
The Vietnam General Confederation of Labor may be unable to fight for workers' rights, but it is well-placed to help them amid the COVID-19 crisis.

In Vietnam, Civil Society Is Picking up the Slack Where Authorities Struggle
July 28, 2021

In Vietnam, Civil Society Is Picking up the Slack Where Authorities Struggle

By Luke Hunt
Ho Chi Minh City residents say self-help is key to surviving the pandemic.

China’s Growing Ties With Indonesian Provinces
July 28, 2021

China’s Growing Ties With Indonesian Provinces

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Getting close to Indonesian provinces is a key goal of Chinese diplomacy and crucial for the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Adriana Elisabeth on the Conflict in West Papua
July 27, 2021

Adriana Elisabeth on the Conflict in West Papua

By Sebastian Strangio
Dr. Adriana Elisabeth on the roots of the conflict in Papua, the Indonesian government’s response to a recent uptick in insurgent activity, and what it will take to resolve the decades-long crisis.
Economic Logic Alone Will Not Curb ASEAN’s Carbon Emissions
July 27, 2021

Economic Logic Alone Will Not Curb ASEAN’s Carbon Emissions

By James Guild
The hard political choices involved in phasing out coal and reducing emissions are the most important, and also the most often elided, element.

Philippine President Duterte Unabashedly Threatens to Kill Drug Dealers
July 27, 2021

Philippine President Duterte Unabashedly Threatens to Kill Drug Dealers

By Jim Gomez
Duterte devoted most of a rambling, nearly three-hour televised speech to non-pandemic topics he has addressed repeatedly in the past.

David and Goliath: Myanmar’s Armed Resistance at the Crossroads
July 27, 2021

David and Goliath: Myanmar’s Armed Resistance at the Crossroads

By Robert Bociaga
“We can’t just wait to get help until we die”: More and more protesters see no hope for a return to democracy outside of taking up arms.

The Legacy of the South China Sea Arbitral Tribunal Ruling, Five Years On
July 27, 2021

The Legacy of the South China Sea Arbitral Tribunal Ruling, Five Years On

By Ankit Panda
What is the legacy of the landmark 2016 ruling by the Hague-based arbitral tribunal?
Malaysia’s Parliament Opens After 7 Months, Emergency to End
July 27, 2021

Malaysia’s Parliament Opens After 7 Months, Emergency to End

By Eileen Ng
The reopening has been criticized as a sham, as the five-day session is limited to reviewing the government's COVID-19 response and there are no plans for any votes.

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