Daily News on Southeast Asia – 18 Jun 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 PM Hun Manet to make first official visit to Singapore
CNA, 17 June 2024

2. After Pentagon Chief’s Visit, Is There Hope for A Recovery in Cambodia-US Ties?
Kim Sun & Chhengpor Aun
Diplomat, 14 June 2024

3. How the West Embraced Cambodia’s New Prime Minister
Fiona Kelliher
Foreign Policy, 14 June 2024

4. Cambodia’s Hun Sen holds rare meeting with CIA chief
Radio Free Asia, 14 June 2024


5. Analysis: Prabowo’s synchronization team made up entirely of Gerindra elites
Tenggara Strategics
Jakarta Post, 18 June 2024

6. Addressing housing crisis beyond Tapera’s postponement
Alldo Fellix Januardy & Cania Citta Irlanie
Jakarta Post, 18 June 2024

7. Govt rushes to finish new airport ahead of Nusantara launch
Ruth Dea Juwita
Jakarta Post, 17 June 2024

8. Commentary: Future of new Indonesian capital Nusantara in question after top officials overseeing project resign
Yanuar Nugroho
CNA, 15 June 2024

9. Indonesia’s Kayan hydropower project forges ahead despite setbacks, director says
Dandy Koswaraputra
Benar News, 14 June 2024

10. What Is Happening at Indonesian State-Owned Pharmaceutical Company Indofarma?
James Guild
Diplomat, 14 June 2024

11. Indonesia’s New Capital Is a Mess of Trees and Dirt
Joseph Rachman
Foreign Policy, 14 June 2024


12. In Laos, Southeast Asia’s highest inflation forces some to flee, others to get creative
Su-Lin Tan
South China Morning Post, 17 June 2024

13. China’s dependency on potash imports could give tiny Laos rare leverage
David Hutt
Radio Free Asia, 15 June 2024


Malaysia cracks out reduced prices for eggs, though experts raise supply issue concerns
CNA, 18 June 2024

15. Premier Li Qiang’s visit has Malaysia wanting more from China pivot
Kathrin Hille & Mercedes Ruehl
Financial Times, 18 June 2024

16. Malaysia’s privatisation of airport operator with BlackRock entity faces a bumpy ride, but likely to go ahead
Leslie Lopez
CNA, 17 June 2024

17. Muda eyeing Sungai Bakap by-election to reestablish itself, says analyst
Natasha Busst
Free Malaysia Today, 17 June 2024

18. PM Anwar: Diesel subsidy not abolished, government still bears RM7b in subsidies
Malay Mail Online, 17 June 2024

19. Sg Bakap polls: No clear favourites, say analysts
Star, 17 June 2024

20. Malaysia’s Chinese retain deep-rooted sense of national belonging despite pride in China’s rise
[This article was first published by the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute on its commentary website fulcrum.sg.]
Peter T. C. Chang
South China Morning Post, 16 June 2024

21. Malaysia welcomes US firms, not sanctions, amid chips push. ‘We have an edge’: Anwar
Joseph Sipalan & Hadi Azmi
South China Morning Post, 16 June 2024

22. Malaysians’ bumiputera-first policy debate takes on heady mix of health, education and politics
Azril Annuar
Straits Times, 16 June 2024

23. Malaysia’s Anwar talks Gaza, Hamas ties and ‘totally insane’ US-Israel nexus
Joseph Sipalan & Hadi Azmi
South China Morning Post, 15 June 2024

24. Tight race looms in Sungai Bakap
Joceline Tan
Star, 15 June 2024

25. Rice farmers slam diesel price hike, ‘unhelpful’ subsidy programmes
Malaysia Now, 14 June 2024


26. Myanmar’s gas exports plunge 23%, deepening its financial and energy woes
Peter Janssen
Business Times, 17 June 2024

27. Myanmar Junta Boss Promises General Election in 2025
Irrawaddy, 17 June 2024

28. Forgotten war in Burma, ignored war in Myanmar
Edith Mirant
New Mandala, 17 June 2024

29. Myanmar revives stalled infrastructure projects with China and Russia
Nikkei Asia, 16 June 2024

30. Myanmar’s junta takes desperate measures to stem capital flight
Zachary Abuza
Radio Free Asia, 16 June 2024

31. Solar provides limited relief amid chronic power cuts
Ye Mon
Frontier Myanmar, 15 June 2024


32. Philippines to resist China’s ‘reckless behaviour’ in South China Sea
CNA, 18 June 2024

33. Philippines’ Chinese visa clampdown: a response to South China Sea tensions?
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 17 June 2024

34. Philippines seeks UN validation to extend continental shelf limits
Radio Free Asia, 16 June 2024

35. China starts enforcing ‘no-trespassing’ policy
Franco Jose C. Baroña & Red Mendoza
Manila Times, 15 June 2024

36. Bad for relations: China presses PH to ban Pogos
Jane Bautista
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 15 June 2024

37. Another singer-Marcos loyalist gets gov’t post
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 14 June 2024


38. Thailand recharges Myanmar policy
Kavi Chongkittavorn
Bangkok Post, 18 June 2024

39. Govt reform bill tipped to pass first test
Aekarach Sattaburuth
Bangkok Post, 18 June 2024

40. Thaksin granted bail as Thai court cases raise risk of political crisis
CNA, 18 June 2024

41. Thailand eyes recriminalizing marijuana, juggling health and commerce
Kosuke Inoue
Nikkei Asia, 18 June 2024

42. MFP faces uphill battle in court
Aekarach Sattaburuth & Mongkol Bangprapa
Bangkok Post, 17 June 2024

43. Expect parliamentary sub-committee to make bold peace recommendations for Thai Deep South
Don Pathan
Benar News, 17 June 2024

44. Decision on Move Forward could have a domino effect
The Nation, 17 June 2024

45. Thaksin irrelevant in tight Pathum Thani election race: poll
Bangkok Post, 16 June 2024

46. Is the animosity an act?
Bangkok Post, 15 June 2024

47. Thailand is one of the world’s fastest-ageing developing nations. This is how it happened
Faith Leong & Pichayada Promchertchoo
CNA, 15 June 2024


48. US Government Criticizes Vietnam’s Decision to Host Russia’s Putin
Sebastian Strangio
Diplomat, 18 June 2024

49. ‘This country gave me a lot’: the Vietnamese people staying in Ukraine
Artem Mazhulin & Shaun Walker
Guardian, 18 June 2024

50. Elderly population offers economic opportunity
Star, 18 June 2024

51. Russia’s Putin to visit Vietnam, sparking US rebuke of Hanoi
Francesco Guarascio & Khanh Vu
Reuters, 17 June 2024

52. Pham Nhat Vuong’s wealth and commitment: A deep dive into VinFast’s future
VietNamNet, 17 June 2024

53. 普京访越南或谈军事合作 学者:美国料不会制裁越南 [Putin may visit Vietnam to discuss military cooperation. Scholar: The United States is not expected to sanction Vietnam.]
联合早报, 17 June 2024

54. Russia’s Putin Set to Visit Vietnam Next Week, Reports Claim
Sebastian Strangio
[Link to the Fulcrum article]
Diplomat, 14 June 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

55. China’s lust for durian is creating fortunes in South-east Asia
Business Times, 17 June 2024

56. 2024 Southeast Asia Aid Map: Warning signs for the region
[Link to “Lowy Institute Southeast Asia Aid Map“]
Grace Stanhop & Alexandre Dayant
Interpreter, 17 June 2024

57. New Thai Foreign Minister Says Solving Myanmar Conflict a Top Priority
Poramet Tangsathaporn
Irrawaddy, 17 June 2024

58. Asean all adrift over South China Sea consensus
Richard Heydarian
South China Morning Post, 17 June 2024

59. Can Modi’s third term bring India and Asean closer together?
Syed Munir Khasru
South China Morning Post, 16 June 2024

60. Swiss-led Ukraine summit seeks ‘path to peace’ without China and Russia
James Hand-Cukierman & Rhyannon Bartlett-Imadegawa
Nikkei Asia, 15 June 2024

61. Analysis: Why more than half of ASEAN states are set to miss Ukraine’s peace summit in Switzerland
[Link to How Many Southeast Asian Countries Will Attend the Ukraine Peace Summit?]
Amanda Oon
CNA, 14 June 2024

62. Ukraine summit: Which Southeast Asian nations are going?
David Hutt
[Link to the State of Southeast Asia Survey Report]
DW, 14 June 2024

Asia Pacific

63. Asian leaders’ low attendance at Ukraine peace summit signals their other priorities: Analysts
Varun Karthik
Straits Times, 16 June 2024

64. What Trump’s return would mean for US alliances in Asia
Brandon Yoder & Charles Miller, The Australian National University
East Asia Forum, 15 June 2024

East/South China Sea

65. China’s ‘Blue Dragon’ Threatens India, Japan & ASEAN’s Territorial Integrity; PLA Now Claims 90% Of SCS
Eurasian Times, 15 June 2024

66. Philippines Sets Up BrahMos Missile Base In South China Sea Amid ‘High Tensions’ With Beijing – Reports
Sakshi Tiwari
Eurasian Times, 15 June 2024

67. Philippines tells UN of plan to extend South China Sea continental shelf
Bloomberg & Agence France-Presse
South China Morning Post, 15 June 2024

68. Philippines promises to protect fishermen as China’s trespass rule takes hold
Radio Free Asia, 14 June 2024

Climate Change/Environment

69. The carbon sinks of Southeast Asia are in trouble
Interpreter, 18 June 2024

70. Can Green Hydrogen Decarbonise Asia?
Nithin Coca
Energy Tracker Asia, 17 June 2024

71. International partners fall short in supporting S-E Asia’s energy transition
[Link to ‘Lowy Institute Southeast Asia Aid Map’]
Alexandre Dayant & Roland Rajah
Straits Times, 17 June 2024

72. Southeast Asia’s peatlands are in crisis. What can be done?
Mohammad Yunus
South China Morning Post, 16 June 2024

Media, Technology & Society

73. The Impact Of China’s Digital Silk Road On The Digital Domain Of The Philippines
Julio S. Amador III & Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay
(Published as ISEAS Perspective 2024/43)
Eurasia Review, 18 June 2024

74. How Secret US Anti-Vax Operation Disrupted Chinese Sinovac From The Philippines To Central Asia And The Middle East – OpEd
Dan Steinbock
Eurasia Review, 18 June 2024

75. China Unveils World’s 1st Virtual Military Commander; Participates In Computer Wargames To Prepare For Future
Ritu Sharma
Eurasian Times, 18 June 2024

76. Online rumours of civil war in Philippines tied to China’s covert agenda
Sam Beltran
South China Morning Post, 17 June 2024

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