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  • OPINION

    China-US rivalry on Mekong mainland

    Oped, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 27/11/2020

    » Unlike other key foreign policy areas where President-elect Joe Biden will likely change the course left behind by outgoing President Donald Trump, the Mekong River region in mainland Southeast Asia represents a low-hanging fruit where continuity from Washington carries consensus. As China has dominated the Mekong space by operating a string of upstream dams and controlling downstream river resources, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam as adversely affected riparian countries have looked for ways and means to mitigate and counterbalance Beijing's aggressive freshwater offensive. All the incoming Biden administration has to do is to keep its eye on the Mekong and work with like-minded partners to keep mainland Southeast Asian countries from becoming Beijing's uncontested front yard.

  • OPINION

    Asean is still alive and kicking (softly)

    News, Published on 17/11/2020

    » Despite the condescending views and criticism levied on Asean's defects and the relevancy of its small members, barring well-to-do Singapore and Brunei, the grouping has emerged from the just-completed 37th summit with a bigger profile and international role. The signing of the Asean-led, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the world's largest free-trade pact, was just one manifestation.

  • WORLD

    Hun Sen: No lockdown in Cambodia after Hungarian minister visit

    Published on 12/11/2020

    » PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen insisted Thursday his country would not go into lockdown, despite growing coronavirus concerns after senior officials tested positive following a meeting with Hungary's minister.

  • WORLD

    Italy agrees curfew as Europe tries to stem virus surge

    AFP, Published on 04/11/2020

    » ROME: Italian officials agreed on Wednesday to impose a night-time curfew, joining a slew of European nations in ramping up restrictions in the face of a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases.

  • THAILAND

    Hungarian foreign minister tests positive on arrival in Bangkok

    Published on 04/11/2020

    » Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Bangkok on Tuesday and was to return home by private plane on Wednesday.

  • BUSINESS

    The UK-Asean connection

    Asia focus, Published on 26/10/2020

    » The United Kingdom has maintained strong and warm ties with Asean ever since the regional bloc was formed in 1967. This longstanding economic partnership has allowed bilateral trade in goods and services to reach approximately £42 billion today.

  • WORLD

    Cambodia breaks up protest over alleged China military base

    Published on 23/10/2020

    » PHNOM PENH: Cambodian security guards broke up a small protest on Friday near the Chinese embassy opposing alleged plans to boost Beijing's military presence in the country, as police detained some demonstrators for questioning.

  • OPINION

    Govt hate speech spikes in SE Asia

    Oped, Published on 16/10/2020

    » Hate speech against youths by government officials, military and the police in the media and over social media is on the rise as students lead protests calling for a change in government and demanding political reforms in Belarus, Thailand and Hong Kong. In Thailand, the two state of emergency decrees, the first, used since March 2020 for the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, the most recent to maintain public order in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, both shield the Thai government from criticism.

  • WORLD

    FBI to open office with Cambodia police

    Reuters, Published on 13/10/2020

    » PHNOM PENH: The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will set up an office at Cambodia's national police headquarters to help track down American criminals, at a time when Washington is seeking to repair strained relations with a close ally of China.

  • WORLD

    Cambodian PM says naval base not just for China

    Reuters, Published on 07/10/2020

    » China would not have exclusive access to a Cambodian naval base, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday, despite Beijing chipping in for upgrades after a US-funded facility was razed at the site last month.

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