Southeast Asia

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe

Chinese Defense Minister’s Visit to the Philippines: Meeting Half-Way or a Power Play?

In the second week of September this year, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe visited Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines...
Cambodian garment workers working

Cambodia Must Move Beyond its “Double Standard” Narrative

Cambodia must jettison its narrative claiming that the European Union has practiced double standards when the bloc decided to withdraw its Everything But Arms...
Prayuth Chan-o-cha

Another Coup d’Etat? Prayut Heard It Through the Grapevine

Angry student protesters marching in the streets of Bangkok and whispers of discontent among Thailand’s ruling elite, have rattled Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Thai Prime Minister...

What’s Next for Cambodia After the Dual Impact by COVID-19 and EBA Withdrawal?

Back in April, Cambodia could reasonably claim COVID-19 success as no new cases were confirmed for more than a month. The country's last COVID-19...
Cambodian garment workers

Cambodia’s Commercial Deal With China No Substitute for Loss of Trade Privileges From EU...

The arrest of Cambodian Confederation of Unions president Rong Chhun betrays the narrowing options facing Prime Minister Hun Sen as the partial withdrawal of the country’s...
22nd ASEAN-Japan Summit

The South China Sea Needs ASEAN More Than Ever

It is imperative for ASEAN to work towards a common response, else it risks continuing to remain a mere pawn in the broader US-China contest.
Covid-19 test in Vietnam

Will New Coronavirus Cases Derail Vietnam’s Economy?

Vietnam has reported a dozen new cases after reporting no community transmission for more than 100 days and these new cases were mainly from...
People stand watch as a building burns next to a sugar plantation in Oddar Meanchey.

Cambodia Land Grab Victims Fight Back in Region’s First Cross-Border Class Action

Southeast Asia’s first cross-border human rights class action is a step forward for corporate accountability in the region and a warning to foreign companies...
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte

Closer Philippines-India Ties Can Benefit the US

When Rodrigo Duterte came to power as President of the Philippines in 2016, China saw an opportunity to pull the traditional U.S. ally away...