The Communist Party of Vietnam, which is set to make some historic appointments to its top echelons, shows that Vietnamese politicians know how to master “the art of the possible”.
Malaysia’s King has put parliamentary politics on hold to the undoubted benefit of the current prime minister.
A new study suggests that official Chinese lending has dropped in recent years. This stems from lessons learnt after a decade of mistakes in overseas lending. Despite the decline, the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative shows no signs of slowing.
It is puzzling that the Prime Minister neglects to give assurance that relief will be delivered, if necessary, during this lockdown. Perhaps his government genuinely believes that the broader scope of essential services, along with stimulus programmes introduced in Budget 2021, will translate into a minimal downturn.
While the aspirational adjectives that prefix it may change, the Indo-Pacific will better reflect the strategic geography of the new era of great power contestation.
A truncated high-speed rail service that ends in Johor Bahru rather than Singapore will significantly reduce the potential economic benefits of the railway project.
Indonesia’s 2024 presidential election is looming large on the horizon as Jokowi’s image wanes.
While Vietnam offers a favourable authoritarian environment, the inherent political risks may preclude its introduction.
Digital rivalry in Southeast Asia goes well beyond the choice of 5G providers.
A Biden Administration will see strong headwinds as it pertains to Washington’s relations with Manila.