Daily News on Southeast Asia – 15 Sep 2023

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1. WTO says Cambodia now part of global high-tech production networks
[Link to “World trade report 2023: re-globalization for a secure, inclusive and sustainable future (134-page pdf)]
Khmer Times, 15 September 2023
2. Significance of ROK’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and KASI
Dr. Seun Sam is a researcher of the Royal Academy of Cambodia.
Phnom Penh Post, 14 September 2023


3. Presidential hopefuls offer populist promises
Nur Janti
Jakarta Post, 15 September 2023
4. Parties tap bigwigs to lead presidential campaign teams
Yerica Lai and Dio Suhenda
Jakarta Post, 15 September 2023
5. Marriott to open three hotels in Indonesia’s Nusantara
Nana Shibata
Nikkei Asia, 15 September 2023
6. Wild, woolly and traitorous race for Indonesia presidency
John McBeth
Asia Times, 14 September 2023
7. US-Indonesia Security Relations Flourish in a Changing Indo-Pacific
Joseph Rachman
Diplomat, 14 September 2023
8. PDI-P offered Ganjar’s VP spot to Ridwan, confirms Golkar exec
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 14 September 2023
9. Indonesia’s Young Voters: Precarious and Sidelined by the System
Diatyka Widya Permata Yasih
Tempo, 14 September 2023


10. Analysis: Anwar lauded for efforts to split Attorney-General’s dual roles, but urgency needed to show he means business
Amir Yusof
Channel News Asia, 15 September 2023
11. Without unique strategy, analysts say Muda won’t be asset to Perikatan or unity government
Zarrah Morden
Malay Mail Online, 15 September 2023
12. ‘Strong synergy with Singapore vital’
Azanis Shahila Aman
New Straits Times, 15 September 2023
13. Malaysia PM Anwar seeks economic boost as headwinds strengthen
Norman Goh
Nikkei Asia, 15 September 2023
14. Revival of Malaysia’s Forest City, Melaka Gateway would give PM Anwar a boost
Joseph Sipalan
South China Morning Post, 15 September 2023
15. Hearing of RM6.6bil CBT case against Najib, Irwan in June-July next year
Star, 15 September 2023
16. Malaysia at 60: Unfulfilled dreams of federation
James Chin
Straits Times, 15 September 2023
17. Keresahan Bani Melayu [Anxiety of the Malays]
Hishamuddin Rais
The Malaysian Insight, 15 September 2023
18. Resolusi DAP bertentangan doktrin ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ [DAP resolution contradicts doctrine of ‘Malaysian Malaysia’]
Azmi Hassan adalah Geostrategis dan Felo Kanan Akademi Penyelidikan Strategik Nusantara (NASR)
Berita Harian, 14 September 2023
19. 12MP: Additional RM15b in development expenditure has implications on Malaysia’s debt burden
MySinchew, 14 September 2023
20. PN to establish ‘State govt 4’, Dr Mahathir as unofficial adviser [NSTTV]
New Straits Times, 14 September 2023


21. Census or spy op? Upcoming population count raises alarm
Frontier Myanmar, 14 September 2023


22. AFP: Chinese ‘fishermen’ used vs PH in two ways
Frances Mangosing, Jacob Lazaro
Inquirer Net, 15 September 2023
23. Indo-Pacific commander: US military to seek access to more Philippine bases
Camille Elemia
Benar News, 14 September 2023
24. Philippines’ Top Leaders Accused of Making Irregular Budget Transactions
Mong Palatino
Diplomat, 14 September 2023


25. Charter referendum plan still up in the air
Bangkok Post, 15 September 2023
26. PM backs push for bi-monthly salary
Wassana Nanuam
Bangkok Post, 15 September 2023
27. PM’s visit to Mae Sai a positive sign
Paskorn Jumlongrach
Bangkok Post, 15 September 2023
28. Pita quits as Move Forward Party leader
[Link to “Pita Limjaroenrat FB post”]
Nation, 15 September 2023
29. Interior Ministry working to get rid of abusive local powers: Anutin
Nation, 15 September 2023
30. Revised fiscal deficit 14% higher than before
Bangkok Post, 14 September 2023
31. Under pressure to regain favour, new Thai govt pushes populist promises
Tan Tam Mei
Straits Times, 14 September 2023
32. Consumer confidence recovers after new govt formed: Survey
The Nation, 14 September 2023


33. Vietnam’s factory doldrums show limits of shift out of China
Lien Hoang
Nikkei Asia, 15 September 2023
34. The US and Vietnam Upgrade Their Relationship: Drivers and Consequences
[17-minute podcast] Ankit Panda
Diplomat, 14 September 2023

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

35. ASEAN Gives Laos a Reprieve Over Myanmar Crisis
David Hutt
Diplomat, 15 September 2023
36. Several ASEAN air force chiefs skip Myanmar meeting
Jakarta Post, 15 September 2023
37. IP23065 | ASEAN-ROK Relations in the Indo-Pacific: Comprehensiveness and Competitiveness
Sarah Teo, Louis Tion
RSIS, 15 September 2023
38. Asean will engage with both China and US, secretary general Kao Kim Hourn says in call to dial down ‘major power’ tensions
Kawala Xie
South China Morning Post, 15 September 2023
39. In a dangerous tilt, Australia’s defence hawks are moving foreign policy away from diplomacy
Daryl Guppy
South China Morning Post, 15 September 2023
40. In search of a sustainable ASEAN solution to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar
Lina Alexandra is head of the Department of International Relations at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Andrew Ong is director of research at the Surin Pitsuwan Foundation.
Min Zin is executive director of the Institute for Strategy and Policy.
Phnom Penh Post, 14 September 2023
41. The long arm of Chinese law is getting longer in Southeast Asia
Zachary Abuza
Radio Free Asia, 14 September 2023

Asia Pacific

42. As Belt and Road Initiative marks 10 years, Hong Kong seeks to cement position as gateway to China
Deborah Wang, Jalelah Abu Bakar
Channel News Asia, 14 September 2023
43. Surging rice prices raise spectre of Asian food scare
Bloomberg News
Bangkok Post, 15 September 2023

East/South China Sea

44. Expert doubts China’s compliance with SCS code of conduct
Joseph Pedrajas 
Manila Bulletin, 15 September 2023

Climate Change/Environment

45. New Indonesian industrial park on Borneo, feted as ‘green,’ will be powered by coal, report says
Victoria Milko
Associated Press, 14 September 2023
46. The G20 Delhi Declaration Set the Climate Finance Agenda For COP28
Archana Chaudhary
Diplomat, 14 September 2023
47. Politics drain into Indonesia’s flood management
Yogi Setya Permana, Leiden University
East Asia Forum, 14 September 2023
48. Green groups slam World Bank for backing Indonesian coal plants
David Stanway and Fransiska Nangoy
Jakarta Post, 14 September 2023
49. It’s Not Too Late to Get the SDGs Back on Track. Here’s How
Isabella Massa, Samory Toure
World Politics Review, 14 September 2023
50. Renewable Energy in Malaysia – From Oil To Sustainability
Eric Koons
Energy Tracker Asia, 13 September 2023
51. The Blue Economy in Brunei Darussalam
[8-page policy brief] Asnawi Kamis
ERIA, 13 September 2023
52. Developing a National Blue Economy Framework for Lao PDR
[4-page policy brief] Aloun Phonvisay
ERIA, 13 September 2023

Media, Technology & Society

53. Enactment Of Freedom Of Information Act Approved In Principle – PM Anwar
Bernama, 14 September 2023


54. New Trade Routes, Old Challenges: India’s Diplomatic Milestone at the G20
Dr. Hasim Turker
Geopolitical Monitor, 13 September 2023

World Economy
55. WTO warns of ‘first signs’ of trade de-globalization
Jakarta Post, 14 September 2023

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