Daily News on Southeast Asia – 9 Apr 2024

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Due to the Hari Raya Puasa public holiday, the next Daily News Alert will be released on Thursday, 11 Apr 2024.

Today’s issue includes the following commentaries and citations attributed to ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and its researchers. You can click on the links to go to the articles directly.

Brunei | Cambodia | Indonesia | Laos | Malaysia | Myanmar | Philippines | Singapore | Thailand | Timor-Leste | Vietnam | ASEAN / Southeast Asia | Asia PacificEast/South China Sea | Climate Change/Environment | Media, Technology & Society | Others


1. ‘Govt wants Sihanoukville to be next Shenzhen’
Nhean Chamrong
Khmer Times, 9 April 2024

2. Experts fear Cambodian cybercrime law could aid crackdown
Fiona Kelliher & Sun Narin
VOA, 8 April 2024


3. Import curbs hamper business, to investors’ dismay
Star, 9 April 2024

4. Megawati warns Constitutional Court to issue fair ruling on election dispute

[Link to “Kenegarawanan Hakim Mahkamah Konstitusi” (Statesmanship of Constitutional Court Judges by Megawati Soekarnoputri]
Nina A. Loasana
Jakarta Post, 8 April 2024

5. Prabowo’s China policy dilemma evident in Beijing trip
Mangantar Simon Hutagalung
Nikkei Asia, 8 April 2024


6. Call for the appointment of a reformist independent Election Commission chairman – Undi18
Malay Mail Online, 9 April 2024

7. Study: PN attracted 80pct of ex-BN Malay voters in 2023 state polls
Malaysiakini, 9 April 2024

8. KK Mart episode shows that for Umno-DAP, never the twain shall meet
Malaysia Now, 8 April 2024


9. Chevron hands Myanmar gas field stake to junta, Thailand’s PTTEP
CNA, 9 April 2024

10. ‘Business is back’: BGF adapts under pressure
Naw Betty Han
Frontier Myanmar, 8 April 2024

11. Myanmar: Julie Bishop an inspired choice as UN Special Envoy
Morten B. Pedersen
Interpreter, 8 April 2024

12. Myanmar guerrilla group launches attack on military office
Radio Free Asia, 8 April 2024

13. Embattled Myanmar junta evacuates personnel via Thailand
Tan Hui Yee
Straits Times, 8 April 2024


14. In a Warming World, the Philippines is Giving Far Too Warm a Welcome for Gas [Op-Ed]
Gerry Arances, Aryanne De Ocampo & Krishna Ariola
Energy Tracker Asia, 9 April 2024

15. 31% of Pinoys pro-Marcos, 20% pro-Duterte – survey
Manila Times, 9 April 2024

16. PH ‘trying everything’ to cool down WPS tension
Melvin Gascon
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9 April 2024

17. China opposes ‘stoking bloc confrontation’ in West Philippine Sea
Charie Abarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9 April 2024

18. A Memoir of Murder in The Philippines
[The title “Some people need killing : a memoir of murder in the Philippines” is available in the ISEAS Library]
Walden Bello
FPIF, 8 April 2024


19. Govt orders Bangkok Port out of city
Mongkol Bangprapa
Bangkok Post, 9 April 2024

20. Thailand Plans Special Parliament Session to Quicken 2025 Budget
Patpicha Tanakasempipat
Bloomberg, 9 April 2024

21. No change in cross-border trading in Mae Sot, officials say
The Nation, 9 April 2024

22. Thailand to announce property measures to boost economy: ministry
Business Times, 8 April 2024


23. Top Vietnamese, Chinese legislators hold talks, sign cooperation agreement
Voice of Vietnam, 8 April 2024

24. Vietnam’s Politics are Increasingly Fractious and Corrupt
Joshua Kurlantzick
World Politics Review, 8 April 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

25. Asean juggles triangular power game
Kavi Chongkittavorn
Bangkok Post, 9 April 2024

26. High-level visits to boost Sino-ASEAN cooperation
Zhou Jin
China Daily, 9 April 2024

27. ASEAN tourists prefer Thailand over Indonesia: Study
Yvette Tanamal
Jakarta Post, 9 April 2024

Asia Pacific

28. U.S., U.K. and Australia discuss AUKUS tech cooperation with Japan
Shaun Turton
Nikkei Asia, 9 April 2024

29. JAPHUS: A Japan-Philippine-US Alliance?
Richard Heydarian
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9 April 2024

30. China concerns bring new unity to once-turbulent US-Japan-Philippines relationship ahead of major White House summit
Brad Lendon
CNN, 8 April 2024

31. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s China visit yields some results
Yu Zeyuan
ThinkChina, 8 April 2024

32. Does Biden Take China’s Threat Seriously?
Walter Russell Mead
Wall Street Journal, 8 April 2024

33. US-Japan-Philippines’ minilateral mechanism harms the prosperity, stability of Asia-Pacific
Sun Xihui
Global Times, 7 April 2024

34. Can China and Indonesia Forge Stronger Counterterrorism Collaboration?
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat & Yeta Purnama
Stratsea, 5 April 2024

East/South China Sea

35. Philippines-China relations: will 3-way summit with US, Japan further erode Manila-Beijing ties?
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 9 April 2024

36. US-Japan-Philippines summit weaves a new pattern in Indo-Pacific defence ‘latticework’
Denny Roy
Straits Times, 9 April 2024

37. Island-building and overfishing wreak destruction of South China Sea reefs
Carolyn Cowan
Mongabay, 8 April 2024

38. Controversial enlistment of 36 Chinese nationals by Philippine Coast Guard auxiliary unit can be traced to softer past stance on Beijing
Raissa Robles
South China Morning Post, 8 April 2024

Climate Change/Environment

39. Sarawak deputy minister: State aims to reduce carbon intensity by 45pc by 2030
Sulok Tawie
Malay Mail Online, 9 April 2024

40. Marine Environmental Protection in the South China Sea: Advancing Stronger People-to-People Cooperation on Plastic
Margareth Sembiring
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 9 April 2024

41. As Electronics Suppliers Shift Away From China, They Can’t Lose Sight of Climate Goals
Xueying Wu
Diplomat, 8 April 2024

42. To hit an ambitious energy mix goal, PH needs 53,000 MW of clean power
Jordeene B. Lagare
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8 April 2024

Media, Technology & Society

43. Eroding Trust in Government: What Games, Surveys, and Scenarios Reveal about Alternative Cyber Futures
[Link to 28-page report “Eroding Trust in Government“]
Yasir Atalan, Benjamin Jensen, & Jose M. Macias III
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (United States), 8 April 2024

44. China’s Assertive Cyber Activism and Lessons for Indonesia
Mohammad Izam Dwi Sukma
Stratsea, 2 April 2024

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