Daily News on Southeast Asia – 17 May 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 ‘can’t admit’ China’s navy is using Ream as a base – but it sure looks a lot like it
Maria Siow
South China Morning Post, 17 May 2024
2. China, Cambodia begin 15 – day military exercises
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 16 May 2024
3. China, Cambodia begin annual military drills
VOA, 16 May 2024


4. Indonesia: Prabowo Subianto, Swimming and Mythmaking
[This article originally appeared on the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute’s Fulcrum]
Taufiq Hanafi
Asia Link, 17 May 2024
5. Jakarta governor election to remain high – stakes contest, despite Nusantara taking over as Indonesia’s capital
Kiki Siregar
CNA, 17 May 2024
6. Jokowi marches on with ‘blusukan’ as presidency nears end
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 17 May 2024
7. Policymakers to rethink single-day general election format
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 17 May 2024
8. OECD accepts Indonesia’s accession bid: Minister
Antara, 16 May 2024
9. PDI-P politician grilled for proposal to legalize vote-buying
Dio Suhenda (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta Post, 16 May 2024
10. Defense policy under a new administration
Byron Allen Black
Jakarta Post, 16 May 2024
11. Why Javanese symbolism is intertwined with Indonesian politics
Nur Janti
Jakarta Post, 16 May 2024
12. PDIP Ungkap Nama yang Berpotensi Diusung di Jakarta, Ahok dan Djarot Masuk Calon [PDIP Reveals Names That Have the Potential to Be Carried in Jakarta, Ahok and Djarot Are Candidates]
Nawir Arsyad Akbar/Teguh Firmansyah
Republika, 16 May 2024
13. We must stick to ‘top 5’ candidate rule, says Bersatu leader
Nora Mahpar
Free Malaysia Today, 17 May 2024


14. Patience running out in Umno as Anwar faces renewed pressure on Najib’s fate in prison
Malaysia Now, 17 May 2024
15. Bersatu to file notice to vacate seats of 6 ‘turncoat MPs’
Malaysiakini, 17 May 2024
16. COMMENT | 10 reasons why Najib must stay in jail
P Gunasegaram
Malaysiakini, 17 May 2024
17. Hajiji: Sabah won’t give up its rights over 40 pct net revenue special grant
Olivia Miwil
New Straits Times, 17 May 2024
18. Sarawak Metro: First phase of Kuching Urban Transportation System to be operational by end-2027
Malay Mail Online, 16 May 2024
19. Putrajaya must ramp up efforts on Southern Thai peace talks, says Ramasamy
Malaysian Insight, 16 May 2024


20. ASEAN Special Envoy meets with Myanmar junta leader
Benar News, 16 May 2024
21. How Myanmar became the opium capital of the world
Hai Luong, Griffith University
East Asia Forum, 16 May 2024
22. The military dictatorship controls less than 50% of Myanmar
Economist, 16 May 2024


23. China triggers rise of Filipino patriotism
Jose Ma Montelibano
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17 May 2024
24. PH mining industry gets boost from EU, Canada, Japan, Australia
Luisa Cabato
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 16 May 2024
25. Philippines warns China of diplomatic consequences over alleged wiretapping of senior navy officer
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 16 May 2024


26. Navy submarine deal back on track
Bangkok Post, 17 May 2024
27. Thailand heads for 1st Senate election since coup as economy slows
Kosuke Inoue
Nikkei Asia, 17 May 2024
28. Thailand’s Government Promised Change. It’s Delivering Chaos
Joshua Kurlantzick
World Politics Review, 16 May 2024


29. Investors still flocking to Vietnam despite political upheaval
Business Times, 17 May 2024
30. Why Is Vietnam Becoming A Police State?
David Hutt
Diplomat, 17 May 2024
31. More challenges facing textile and garment sector
Song Hà
VnEconomy, 17 May 2024
32. Third Vietnam politburo member resigns in two months
Business Times, 16 May 2024
33. Essential Geopolitics: Political Instability in Vietnam
[12-minute Podcast]
Rane Worldview, 16 May 2024
34. As US hikes China tariffs, imports soar from China-reliant Vietnam
Straits Times, 16 May 2024
35. Towards a green economy
[Link to Vietnam Issues Green Growth Strategy 2021-2030 Vision to 2050]
VnEconomy, 16 May 2024
36. Important decision on personnel affairs
Vân Nguyễn
VnEconomy, 16 May 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

37. Big tech players splash the cash to court S-E Asia’s young and fast digitalising population
Benjamin Cher
Business Times, 17 May 2024
38. Insurers and shippers combat piracy in Southeast Asia
Aaron Magunna
East Asia Forum, 17 May 2024
39. Myanmar nationals overtake Russians in Thai property market
The Nation, 16 May 2024

Asia Pacific

40. Reforms needed for region’s aging population
[Link to ADB ‘s “Aging Well in Asia: Asian Development Policy Report”]
Sam Rith
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17 May 2024
41. 2024 Federal Budget – implications for Asia trade and investment
Robert Law
Asia Link, 16 May 2024
42. Why Are Xi and Putin ‘Best Friends’?
Anthony Halpin
Bloomberg, 16 May 2024
43. Enabling a Better Offer: How Does the West Counter Belt and Road?
Daniel F. Runde
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (United States), 16 May 2024
44. Economic diplomacy: Budgeting for deglobalisation
Greg Earl
Interpreter, 16 May 2024
45. Assessing the ‘sustainability’ of development diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific
Observer Research Foundation, 16 May 2024
46. Chabahar, port of a smart call
Observer Research Foundation, 16 May 2024
47. Sino-Russian alliance has ‘concrete, tangible’ goals, analysts say
Kitty Wang
Radio Free Asia, 16 May 2024

East/South China Sea

48. Taiwan lawmakers to visit disputed South China Sea island
Radio Free Asia, 16 May 2024
49. China’s plan to float nuclear reactors in South China Sea seen as risky
Xiaoshan Xue and Kelly Tang
VOA, 16 May 2024

Climate Change/Environment

50. How land redistribution can bolster Indonesia’s food security
Dian Yuanita Wulandari (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta Post, 17 May 2024
51. Chinese EVs give VinFast a run for its money in Vietnam
Lien Hoang
Nikkei Asia, 17 May 2024
52. Building Resilient and Responsible Critical Minerals Supply Chains for the Clean Energy Transition
Cyn-Young Park and Anna Cassandra Melendez
Asian Development Bank, 16 May 2024
53. How Malaysia Grapples with the Triple Planetary Crisis
Stratsea, 16 May 2024
54. New capital Nusantara as key to National Hydrogen Strategy
Antara, 9 May 2024

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