Buddhist bully cowers after NLD pressure

Buddhism is an intrinsic part of Burmese society. Source: Asean Economist   The Burmese nationalist Buddhist organisation, called the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and...

Malaysia’s economy stays strong amid Chinese stumble

Malaysia is coping with 2016 better than its Asean neighbours. Source: Wikimedia From the global perspective, 2016 has already caused significant economic concerns, with the...

Obama’s coalition fails to block Beijing bulldozer

Vietnam People's Naval Infantry march on the Spratly Islands. Few analysts believe the Vietnamese can repeat their 1979 defeat of the Chinese. Source: Wikimedia In...

Time for a palm-oil rethink 

Malaysia and Indonesia’s trade ministers have said they will “discuss and coordinate” palm oil export issues, including organising a joint mission to the EU.  But...

Myanmar deserves better than Aung San Suu Kyi

Next year Myanmar’s voters are due to go to the polls in their second democratic general election since the disastrous military coup of 1962....

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...

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...

The generals and their ‘lady’

Fighting is ongoing in Myanmar’s northerly Kachin State after the military began attacks on the powerful Kachin Independence Army (KIA) last month. The rebel...

Duterte’s two faces 

President Rodrigo Duterte even wore a suit when he met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in October. Source: Wikimedia The colourful Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte,...

Indonesia braced for forest fires

Deforestation in Riau province, Sumatra, to make way for an oil-palm plantation in 2007. Source: Wikimedia The dry season across much of Indonesia brings the renewed threat of...

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