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...

Indonesia pushes ahead with capital shift

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, is pushing ahead with a plan to move Indonesia’s capital to Borneo to reduce pollution and congestion in sinking...

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...

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...

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...

An unholy alliance

April 1975. The Khmer Rouge celebrate as they enter Phnom Penh. Source: Flickr Cambodia's success in blocking a united Asean approach to the South China...

Asean’s farewell to US influence

The Chinese armed forces will have noticed the waning US influence in Asean. Source: Wikimedia One of the bitter realisations on November 8 was that...

Vietnam faces Trump’s trade stick

The boom in Vietnamese exports to the US appears to be in jeopardy as Donald Trump is now targeting his key regional ally in...

Tribunal rips maritime dispute open

China’s reclamation work was condemned for causing severe environmental harm. Source: YouTube The uneasy stalemate between China and most of the global community over the...

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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Risk aversion among Singaporean youth, survey reveals

The ASEAN youth sentiments survey commissioned every year by the World Economic Forum recently revealed an aversion to risk among Singaporean youths. Young people...

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