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Omicron Variant Threatens to Upend Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery
December 02, 2021

Omicron Variant Threatens to Upend Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery

By Sebastian Strangio
After a challenging year, the region's governments have ample reason to take the emergence of the new strain seriously.

Despite Variants, Singapore’s COVID-19 Strategy on Track
December 01, 2021

Despite Variants, Singapore’s COVID-19 Strategy on Track

By David Rising and Annabelle Liang
Singapore was able to succeed in getting most of its population vaccinated by ensuring there were few barriers to getting the shot and increasing difficulties for the unvaccinated.
Joyful Reunions as Malaysia-Singapore Land Border Reopens
November 29, 2021

Joyful Reunions as Malaysia-Singapore Land Border Reopens

By Syawalludin Zain
The Causeway Bridge between Singapore and Malaysia was one of the world's busiest land borders before the pandemic struck. 

Cambodia Bolts Into Its New Normal
November 26, 2021

Cambodia Bolts Into Its New Normal

By Luke Hunt
The road ahead is long and lonely for Cambodia, with Chinese largess checked by the pandemic and Western interests soured by pre-pandemic crackdowns.

Japan’s New Pandemic Border Restrictions Disappoint Residents Stranded Abroad
November 25, 2021

Japan’s New Pandemic Border Restrictions Disappoint Residents Stranded Abroad

By Thisanka Siripala
Many foreign residents have had their hopes to enter Japan dashed as new border controls make little impact. 

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?
November 25, 2021

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?

By Troy Stangarone
Since North Korea slammed its borders shut in the initial stage of the pandemic, it has made several motions toward resuming normal trade. None has panned out.

Indonesia Is Reopening, But Bali’s Tourists Haven’t Returned
November 19, 2021

Indonesia Is Reopening, But Bali’s Tourists Haven’t Returned

By Dave Smith
Quarantine, confusion, and red tape dash hopes of tourism reboot in Bali.
Japan Prepares for Winter Wave of Infections
November 16, 2021

Japan Prepares for Winter Wave of Infections

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan's deadly summer peak, which brought the health care system to a standstill, has prompted a new coronavirus policy ahead of winter.  

Across Southeast Asia, Countries Reopen Borders In Time For Holidays
November 16, 2021

Across Southeast Asia, Countries Reopen Borders In Time For Holidays

By Alifah Zainuddin
Southeast Asian countries are taking a cautious approach to restart tourism.

Pacific Leaders Agree on Vaccines But Not on US Hosting APEC
November 13, 2021

Pacific Leaders Agree on Vaccines But Not on US Hosting APEC

By Nick Perry and Jim Gomez
Russia reportedly refused to support the U.S. hosting the gathering in 2023, derailing the matter for now in the consensus-driven grouping.

Did COVID-19 Strengthen Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?
November 12, 2021

Did COVID-19 Strengthen Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?

By David Hutt
There doesn’t appear to be any clear correlation between how a government handled the pandemic and the waning of political freedom. 
As Other Countries Try Living With COVID-19, China Keeps up Zero Tolerance
November 11, 2021

As Other Countries Try Living With COVID-19, China Keeps up Zero Tolerance

By Huizhong Wu
Despite the advent of vaccines, China is sticking to its approach of strict lockdowns, multiple rounds of mass testing, and centralized quarantine wherever an outbreak is found.

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