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Vietnam’s Defense Strategy: A Maritime-Oriented Continental Perspective

Vietnam’s Defense Strategy: A Maritime-Oriented Continental Perspective

By Nguyen The Phuong
At a time when Vietnam is increasingly looking to the sea, how can it balance a focus on its western continental frontiers and the eastern maritime domain?
China, Cambodia to Kick Off Extensive Military Exercises Next Week

China, Cambodia to Kick Off Extensive Military Exercises Next Week

By Sebastian Strangio
The Golden Dragon exercise, which has been held regularly since 2016, encapsulates the increasingly intimate defense ties between Beijing and Phnom Penh.

Vietnam’s Security Concerns About the Funan Techo Canal Project Are Misplaced

Vietnam’s Security Concerns About the Funan Techo Canal Project Are Misplaced

By Sokvy Rim
There are a number of potential concerns with the Cambodian government's plans for an inland waterway, but security isn't one of them.

Chinese Deployment to Ream Naval Base Not Permanent, Cambodia Says

Chinese Deployment to Ream Naval Base Not Permanent, Cambodia Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Two Chinese navy corvettes have been moored at the base's new China-built pier since December.

Philippines to Probe Recording of Alleged South China Sea Agreement

Philippines to Probe Recording of Alleged South China Sea Agreement

By Sebastian Strangio
The recording, released this week by the Chinese embassy in Manila, purports to lay out a "new model" for managing tensions at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands.
Former Thai PM Thaksin Holds Talks With Opponents of Myanmar Junta

Former Thai PM Thaksin Holds Talks With Opponents of Myanmar Junta

By Sebastian Strangio
The former leader met officials from the opposition National Unity Government and a number of ethnic armed groups during recent trips to northern Thailand.

Mapping Territorial Control in Post-Coup Myanmar: Flawed by Design?

Mapping Territorial Control in Post-Coup Myanmar: Flawed by Design?

By Han Ya
Attempts to map the areas controlled by the military junta and its various opponents frequently obscure more than they reveal.
Amazon Web Services Announces $9 Billion Cloud Investment in Singapore

Amazon Web Services Announces $9 Billion Cloud Investment in Singapore

By Sebastian Strangio
The investment will augment Amazon's cloud infrastructure in Singapore, and reinforce the city-state’s status as one of the world’s major data hubs.

Is the Lao State Collapsing?

Is the Lao State Collapsing?

By David Hutt
The current economic crisis has hollowed out the capacity of an already weak state apparatus.

Philippines Won’t Use Water Cannons in Maritime Standoff With China, Marcos Says

Philippines Won’t Use Water Cannons in Maritime Standoff With China, Marcos Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The past year has seen a string of confrontations between Philippine and Chinese vessels in contested parts of the South China Sea.

2023 Was Another Big Year for Indonesian Cinema

2023 Was Another Big Year for Indonesian Cinema

By James Guild
Box office receipts have to return to their pre-pandemic levels, but locally-made films are making up a greater proportion of ticket sales.
Ethnic Resistance Group Claims Capture of Hundreds of Soldiers in Western Myanmar

Ethnic Resistance Group Claims Capture of Hundreds of Soldiers in Western Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
The Arakan Army claims that it has overrun the 15th Military Operations Command headquarters in northern Rakhine State.

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