Daily News on Southeast Asia – 19 Sep 2023

Every weekday, ISEAS Library collates articles relevant to Southeast Asia and special topics in line with the research interests of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. To view articles behind paywalls, please visit the Library during its operating hours.

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1. Cambodian Ministry Threatens Independent Media Outlet With Closure
Sebastian Strangio
Diplomat, 19 September 2023
2. Cambodia and Vietnam, A Tale of Two Countries
Leap Chanthavy is a Phnom Penh-based political analyst.
Khmer Times, 19 September 2023


3. Need Rp446 bln for Nusantara smart city development: OIKN
Antara, 18 September 2023
4. NU stays close to Jokowi as election nears
Nina A. Loasana
Jakarta Post, 18 September 2023
5. Ridwan, Agus no longer in running to join Ganjar on PDI-P ticket: Puan
Jakarta Post, 18 September 2023
6. Govt promises to compensate Rempang locals for eviction
Deni Ghifari
Jakarta Post, 18 September 2023
7. Indonesia urged to study feasibility of extending China-backed rail line as Japan mulls exit
Resty Woro Yuniar
South China Morning Post, 18 September 2023


8. Laos economy under distress as Lao kip drops to record low, breaches 20,000 to US dollar
Star, 16 September 2023


9. Backsliding Reformists: Malaysia’s Government Revives Crackdown on Media Freedoms
Daniel Kam
Diplomat, 19 September 2023
10. High-growth, high-value initiative for agriculture sector through 12MP to ensure food security in Malaysia, says analyst
Malay Mail Online, 19 September 2023
11. Sabah launches roadmap for energy security and carbon neutrality plans
Muguntan Vanar
Star, 19 September 2023
12. Bukan Tanah Melayu tapi Tanah Majmuk [Not ‘Malay Land’ but a ‘Plural Land’]
Faisal Tehrani
The Malaysian Insight, 19 September 2023
13. 开始面对现实的马来西亚华人 [The Malaysian Chinese people starting to face reality]
星洲网, 19 September 2023
14. Abg Jo: Sarawak first to get federal Approved Permit incentive for hydrogen, electric vehicles
Marilyn Ten
Borneo Post, 18 September 2023
15. Govt greenlights master plan to drive development along ECRL
Free Malaysia Today, 18 September 2023
16. Zahid’s DNAA is just a symptom of a bigger issue: a two-tier legal system
Murray Hunter
MySinchew, 18 September 2023
17. Dr M as PN ‘de facto’ leader could make him PM again – Salleh Keruak
Hazween Hassan
New Straits Times, 18 September 2023
18. Malaysia to double palm oil exports to China, dodge EU restrictions
Norman Goh
Nikkei Asia, 18 September 2023
19. With a Rare Earth Ban, Malaysia Is Poised to Join the Regional Resource Nationalism Trend
Rane Worldview, 18 September 2023
20. The rise of the non-clerics in Malaysia’s Islamist PAS party
Hazlin Hassan
Straits Times, 18 September 2023


21. Maharlika Investment Fund challenge goes to Supreme Court
Julie M. Aurelio, Tina G. Santos
Inquirer net, 19 September 2023
22. DBM, Palace, VP Duterte differ on use of secret funds – Bayan Muna
Jane Bautista
Inquirer net, 19 September 2023
23. Marcos needs a new nat’l economic strategy
Richard Heydarian
Inquirer net, 19 September 2023
24. Car brands and the electric vehicle revolution in the Philippines
Manila Times, 19 September 2023
25. Senators warn of China ‘playbook’: Reef damage, then reclamation
Frances Mangosing & Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 September 2023
26. Slow and Steady wins the Race: Philippines-Australia Relations in 2023
Justin Baquisal
Asialink, 18 September 2023


27. The fight against drugs
Bangkok Post, 19 September 2023
28. Wan defends Singapore study plan
Bangkok Post, 18 September 2023
29. B400 minimum wage by New Year, says PM
Bangkok Post, 18 September 2023
30. Train rate plan sparks debate
Supoj Wancharoen
Bangkok Post, 18 September 2023
31. Former Thai PM Thaksin eligible for parole in February
Channel News Asia, 18 September 2023
32. Thailand’s new government puts a populist face on the country’s discredited establishment
East Asia Forum, 18 September 2023
33. Thai cabinet approves higher budget for fiscal 2024, aiming to boost economy
Kitiphong Thaichareon and Panarat Thepgumpanat
Reuters, 18 September 2023
34. Soaring rice prices sow hope – and trouble – for indebted Thai farmers
Devjyot Ghoshal, Napat Wesshasartar and Pasit Kongkunakornkul
Reuters, 18 September 2023
35. PM Srettha lays out visionary policies during Thairath forum
The Nation, 18 September 2023
36. 46% of Thais have moderate confidence in new govt: Nation Poll
The Nation, 18 September 2023
37. Thailand and Laos in talks to link tourism routes and build second bridge
Mitch Connor
Thaiger, 17 September 2023


38. Vietnam’s Cross-Border Payments Infrastructure and ASEAN
Minh Nhat Dao
Vietnam Briefing, 18 September 2023
39. Vietnam: Biden Anoints a New Trusted Tech Partner
Erin L. Murphy and Thibault Denamiel
CSIS, 15 September 2023

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

40. China’s BYD rides on partnerships to expand EV sales in Southeast Asia
Inquirer net, 19 September 2023
41. ASEAN troops launch maritime drills amid South China Sea tension
Ismi Damayanti
Nikkei Asia, 19 September 2023
42. Xinhua Silk Road: ASEAN-oriented NEV industry cluster takes shape in Qingxiu, Nanning
Asiaone, 18 September 2023
43. Further steps for ASEAN’s digital economic integration
Xie Taojun, Liu Jingting and Tan Kway Guan
Business Times, 18 September 2023
44. China to further deepen cooperation with ASEAN, with Version 3.0 FTA expected to target emerging sectors, industrial division
Global Times, 17 September 2023
45. Closer intra-ASEAN ties are vital to realise region’s growth potential, hedge against external risks
Tengku Zafrul Aziz
South China Morning Post, 16 September 2023

Asia Pacific

46. US, China call for stable ties in latest top-level talks
Channel News Asia, 19 September 2023
47. China’s Language Police: Why Beijing Seeks to Extend the Hegemony of Mandarin
Gina Anne Tam
Foreign Affairs, 19 September 2023
48. Can the US-backed ‘modern spice route’ challenge China’s new Silk Road?
Yu Hong
Think China, 19 September 2023
49. Seller’s Remorse: The Challenges Facing Russia’s Arms Exports [inc 46-page report]
[includes 46-page report] Max Bergmann , Maria Snegovaya , Tina Dolbaia , and Nick Fenton
CSIS, 18 September 2023
50. Xi Jinping’s Diplomacy Is Shifting from Offense to Defense
Jianli Yang
Diplomat, 18 September 2023
51. For all its flaws, China’s belt and road has lifted the Global South
David Dodwell
South China Morning Post, 18 September 2023

East/South China Sea

52. Commentary: What one more dash in the South China Sea tells us about China’s game
Koh Swee Lean Collin
Channel News Asia, 19 September 2023

Climate Change/Environment

53. Mobilising investments for the green transition
Liew Chin Tong
Edge Markets, 19 September 2023
54. A Bumpy Road Ahead for Malaysia’s Net-zero 2050 Ambitions
Heba Hashem
Energy Tracker Asia, 19 September 2023
55. Guarantees 2.0: Meeting climate finance needs in the Global South
Ian Callaghan, George Frampton, Ken Berlin, and Frank Willey
Atlantic Council, 18 September 2023
56. Climate urgency will push South-east Asia to confront fuel subsidies, LNG, offsets
Wong Pei TingJanice Lim
Business Times, 18 September 2023
57. Mekong’s new Pak Beng Dam will not produce clean energy, warn residents
Nation, 18 September 2023
58. Chinese state nuclear company to build green energy base in Laos
Cosmo Sanderson
Recharge, 18 September 2023

Media, Technology & Society

59. The UN wants more multilateral regulation of the digital world. Democracies should be worried.
Mercedes Page
ASPI, 19 September 2023
60. TikTok moves onto Amazon’s turf with online shopping push
Ryotaro Yamada
Nikkei Asia, 19 September 2023
61. Bawaslu, TikTok agree to curb election hoaxes
Antara, 18 September 2023
62. China’s Increasingly Aggressive Tactics for Foreign Disinformation Campaigns
Sarah Cook
Diplomat, 18 September 2023
63. Indonesia Is Leading The Way In Adopting AI At Work, LinkedIn Reveals
Sukhbir Cheema
Mashable SEAsia, 18 September 2023
64. Study: Malaysia most hit by disruptive cyberattacks in Asean last year
Christopher Fam
Star, 18 September 2023

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