Brunei’s hypocrites buckle under international pressure 

Brunei has climbed down after a sustained international campaign, saying it will not impose the death penalty for those convicted of having gay sex.The...

Myanmar’s democratic deficit 

The hopes that surrounded the November 2015 general election in Myanmar now seem a distant memory as democratic rights are systematically crushed in the...

Papuans poised to boycott Indonesia election

Papuan representatives have called for an Indonesian election boycott and a referendum on independence instead.It is hardly a surprise as successive Indonesian elections...

Philippines wakes to debt-trap peril

The Philippines seems to have caught up with its neighbours like Malaysia in waking to the perils of signing up to Chinese infrastructure projects....

Asean’s predictable elections could boost growth

Elections are scheduled in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in the next few months, leading to speculation about how political activity will affect Asean’s...

Singapore data-sharing raises privacy concerns

Hacking-prone Singapore has proposed technological reforms to allow consumers to switch between service providers without losing their data on sensitive information about loan repayments...

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...

Suu Kyi unveils investment hotspot

Myanmar’s largely powerless civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has urged global investors to look to her impoverished country as she ignored the negative...

Meth crisis will only get worse

Myanmar's Shan State supplies methamphetamines to the planet and exports are due to rise as billions are channelled into improving regional infrastructure, the Brussels-based...

Vietnam completes online clampdown

Legislation requiring internet companies operating in Vietnam to remove content the one-party state regards as "toxic" has come into effect, in a move critics...

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Widodo hands Indonesia defence job to brutal rival

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has named his presidential challenger, Prabowo Subianto, as his defence minister.The disgraced former general is accused of human rights...

ADB commits financing for Philippine tourism hubs

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has opened its doors for the Philippines to boost and develop two of its infamous tourism hubs.ADB said in...

Asean coal power plant construction falls

The number of new coal power plants under construction across Asean has fallen over the past two years, causing fears for Australian exporters of...