Vietnam leads way with trade deal

    Port of Vancouver, the largest port on the west coast of North America by metric tonnes of total cargo. Source: Wikimedia While the Pacific region is moving...

Hun Sen drops pleasantries

  Cambodia has scrapped a long-running US military aid programme and heavily criticised western governments in parallel moves seen as an ongoing shift away from...

Myanmar steps towards debt trap

Myanmar plans to reduce the cost of the Chinese-backed Kyaukpyu special economic zone and port, cap its external debt load and avoid repeating the...

Saudi donation key to unstable region

Malaysia's Najib Razak is looking secure again. Source: Wikimedia The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MCAA) and Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali today cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of...

Duterte’s mouth derails summit

China’s armed forces are unlikely to be sweating over the threat of coordinated Asean action. Source: Wikimedia As the region's leaders come together in Laos...

Rights crushed as election looms

Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party are looking to retain power in next year's general election and the inevitable consequence is...

Philippines ignores US over Huawei

The telecoms sector is providing another example of the growing influence of China across Asean, as its controversial mobile giant, Huawei, prepares to roll...

Asean ignores real killers

Thailand’s Songkran water festival, starting this week, results in numerous road deaths each year, but the Thai newspapers are filled with stories about a...

China’s Trump card

Coherent Donald Trump policies are yet to materialise. Source: Wikimedia Making predictions about the next few years became more challenging this month, especially as many...

Giap ‘testicle’ gag and online freedom

An incident in Vietnam, involving an unfortunate quip about a testicle being fashioned into the shape of a legendary general’s head, has exposed the...

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EU and HRW slam Cambodia clampdown

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Cambodia should drop all charges against the opposition leader Kem Sokha (pictured) and allow exiled critics to return to...

Singapore bans PMDs from public sidewalks

Singapore’s recent ban on personal mobility devices from footpaths, while sudden and unexpected, has been generally well-received by the public and food delivery companies. Just...

Philippines gets $500M funding from World Bank

The World Bank has committed worth $500 million to support the Philippines’ Agriculture department. In a statement over the weekend, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said...