Daily News on Southeast Asia – 12 Apr 2024

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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. Cambodia makes new friends on the international stage
Chhay Lim & Nory Ly
East Asia Forum, 11 April 2024

2. Cambodia’s Hun Sen hits back at criticism about Funan Techo canal
Radio Free Asia, 11 April 2024


3. Indonesian defence under Prabowo
Natalie Sambhi
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 12 April 2024

4. Indonesia denies claims of normalising ties with Israel for OECD membership
CNA, 12 April 2024

5. Indonesia’s Evolving Perception of China
[Link to The State of Southeast Asia: 2024 Survey Report]
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Diplomat, 12 April 2024

6. Indonesia’s US$2.5 billion Singapore-inspired oasis to woo tourists, transform Jakarta’s north coast
Elisa Valenta
Business Times, 11 April 2024

7. What Can Indonesia Expect From Its Anticipated Defense Cooperation Agreement With Australia?
Yokie Rahmad Isjchwansyah
Diplomat, 11 April 2024

8. Sandiaga visits Prabowo after backing rival candidate in polls
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 11 April 2024


9. The Land-Locked Thinking of Laotians
[Link to The State of Southeast Asia: 2024 Survey Report]
David Hutt
Diplomat, 12 April 2024


10. Commentary: The curious case of PAS’ stance against KK Super Mart boycott amid socks uproar
James Chai, Visiting Fellow, ISEAS
CNA, 12 April 2024

11. Forming alliances post-election a strategic move for Sabah Umno, says analyst
Lynelle Tham
Free Malaysia Today, 12 April 2024

12. SUPP will have the upper hand in seat allocations, says analyst
Rex Tan
Free Malaysia Today, 12 April 2024

13. Malaysian ‘Silicon Valley’ seeds homegrown chip startups
Tsubasa Suruga
Nikkei Asia, 12 April 2024

14. Malaysia’s Sabah water crisis: don’t blame the weather, time for politicians to live up to promises
Joseph Sipalan
South China Morning Post, 12 April 2024

15. Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election campaign to feature national issues, say analysts
The Vibes, 12 April 2024

16. ‘Allah’ socks and shoes: Malaysia needs to put foot down on stamping out violent religious conservatism, say analysts
[Link to Malaysia’s Sock Scandal: The Sound of Silence, Fulcrum]
Aqil Haziq Mahmud
CNA, 11 April 2024

17. Saifuddin: Amendments to citizenship laws to prevent misuse by foreigners
Amalia Azmi & Hana Naz Harun
New Straits Times, 11 April 2024


18. ‘Living in fear’: RCSS conscription kicks off
Naw Betty Han
Frontier Myanmar, 11 April 2024

19. Spotlight on Thailand as Cornered Myanmar Junta Threatens Disaster on Border
Igor Blazevic
Irrawaddy, 11 April 2024

20. Myanmar: Middle class ‘disappearing’ amid uptick in brutal fighting
[Link to report “Poverty & the Household Economy of Myanmar: a Disappearing Middle Class“]
UN News, 11 April 2024

21. Brain drain’ follows military coup
Tual Sawn Khai & Aung Myo Htun
Bangkok Post, 8 April 2024


22. Will new police chief end Philippines war on drugs?
Chris Fitzgerald
Asia Times, 12 April 2024

23. GT exclusive: Former Philippine president Duterte warns Manila to turn back from detrimental path, resolve disputes through dialogue
Hu Yuwei, Fan Wei & Zou Zhidong
Global Times, 12 April 2024

24. Duterte denies he ‘conceded’ anything in WPS deal with China
Charie Abarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 12 April 2024

25. Trojan war tactics
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 12 April 2024

26. Historic 2023 OFW deployment moves Philippines’ labor migration forward from pandemic
Jeremaiah M. Opiniano
Philstar Global, 12 April 2024

27. China denies recruiting ‘sleeper cell’ military members in the Philippines
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 11 April 2024

28. Biden, Marcos announce infrastructure plans to counter Chinese projects
[Link to “Fact Sheet: Celebrating the Strength of the U.S.-Philippines Alliance“]
Patsy Widakuswara
VOA, 11 April 2024


29. Port project waits on PM’s directive
Supoj Wancharoen
Bangkok Post, 12 April 2024

30. Exodus to Thailand continues after fall of Myawaddy
Bangkok Post, 12 April 2024

31. Government seeks legal counsel on loan for digital wallet handout
Mongkol Bangprapa
Bangkok Post, 12 April 2024

32. Myanmar junta’s defeat at border trading hub will truly test Thailand’s neutrality
Tan Hui Yee
Straits Times, 11 April 2024

33. Srettha likely to give up finance for defence in reshuffle: Nation Insight
The Nation, 11 April 2024

34. Thailand’s Tourist Towns Deal With Their Own Russian Invasion
Charlie Campbell
Time, 11 April 2024


35. TikTok, under fire elsewhere, sees spike in Vietnam e-commerce
Lien Hoang
Nikkei Asia, 12 April 2024

36. Vietnamese property tycoon sentenced to death in $27bn fraud case
Rebecca Ratcliffe
Guardian, 11 April 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

37. Singapore ‘tightens screws’ on Myanmar generals with arms trade crackdown
Thompson Chau
Aljazeera, 12 April 2024

38. Thailand, Vietnam give ties big boost
Poramet Tangsathaporn
Bangkok Post, 12 April 2024

39. North Korea and its socialist friends in Southeast Asia
Khang Vu
Interpreter, 12 April 2024

40. Act East: Editorial on India being among partners of least strategic relevance for ASEAN
[Link to The State of Southeast Asia: 2024 Survey Report]
Telegraph India, 12 April 2024

41. 新马泰可先组成“申根区”雏形 [Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand can form a prototype of the “Schengen Area”]
联合早报, 12 April 2024

42. Time for ASEAN to work towards bringing peace back to Myanmar: Thailand, Vietnam
Chanapat Komlongharn
The Nation, 11 April 2024

43. Vietnamese FM’s official visit to boost stronger ties with Thailand
Voice of Vietnam, 11 April 2024

44. Ukraine is interested in strengthening the relations with ASEAN
Orel Pavlo, the Charge d’Affaires for the Embassy of Ukraine in Thailand
Thai Enquirer, 9 April 2024

Asia Pacific

45. Building a ‘defense triangle’ in the Indo-Pacific
Manila Times, 12 April 2024

46. China counters closer U.S.-Japan-Philippines ties with diplomatic flurry
Kenji Kawase
Nikkei Asia, 12 April 2024

47. What overcapacity? China says its industries are simply more competitive
Asahi Shimbun (AJW), 11 April 2024

48. How China Duped RCEP For Dumping, Despite India Withdrawing From Trade Block – Analysis
Subrata Majumder
Eurasia Review, 11 April 2024

49. Biden’s ‘Coalitions of the Willing’ Foreign-Policy Doctrine
Robbie Gramer
Foreign Policy, 11 April 2024

50. Food Security Issues In Asia
Paul Teng
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 11 April 2024

51. China-US competition: Managing bottom lines for a win-win situation
Fei-Ling Wang
ThinkChina, 11 April 2024

52. Biden and Kishida strengthen bonds to defend global order
[Link to “Fact Sheet: Japan Official Visit with State Dinner to the United States“]
Ken Moriyasu
Nikkei Asia, 10 April 2024

East/South China Sea

53. Are the Philippines’ Marcos and Duterte families set to ‘break up’ over South China Sea and other rows?
Raissa Robles
South China Morning Post, 12 April 2024

54. China draws line on Second Thomas Shoal after Philippine leader denies knowing of ‘gentleman’s agreement’
Meredith Chen
South China Morning Post, 12 April 2024

55. Biden: US will defend Philippines if vessels are attacked
Alex Willemyns
Radio Free Asia, 11 April 2024

56. Beijing accuses US and Japan of ‘smears’ over Taiwan and South China Sea after Biden-Kishida summit
Laura Zhou
South China Morning Post, 11 April 2024

57. Biden hosts Japanese, Philippine leaders to discuss China’s aggression
Patsy Widakuswara
VOA, 11 April 2024

58. Maritime Cooperative Activity Deepens Naval Cooperation in South China Sea
Mark Soo
Geopolitical Monitor, 9 April 2024

Climate Change/Environment

59. Mekong’s giant fish threatened by dams and wetland conversions
Rebecca L Root
Eco-Business, 11 April 2024


Global Economy

60. The 2020s: Turbulent, Tepid or Transformational? Policy Choices for a Weak Global Economy
Speech by IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva
IMF News, 11 April 2024

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