Daily News on Southeast Asia – 19 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. Reclaiming Phnom Penh’s streets for citizens
Prak Norak & Jose Rafael Martinez Garcia
New Mandala, 18 June 2024

2. 柬埔寨建新运河 牵动中南半岛局势 [Cambodia builds new canal, affecting the situation in Indochina]
联合早报, 17 June 2024


3. CNA Correspondent Podcast: Why do so many Rohingya refugees end up in Aceh, Indonesia?
[26-min podcast]
CNA, 19 June 2024

4. IMD Report: Indonesia Surpasses Malaysia, Ranks 27th in World Competitiveness Ranking
Faisal Maliki Baskoro
[Link to “IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2024“]
Jakarta Globe, 19 June 2024

5. Analysis: Muhammadiyah’s fund withdrawal from BSI reveals financial strength
Tenggara Strategics
Jakarta Post, 19 June 2024

6. Dividing the spoils
Jakarta Post, 19 June 2024

7. Urban Amenities and Regional Performance: Case Study of Indonesia
[Links to 15-page PDF]
Titik Anas, Widdi Mugijayani, Estiana Cahyawati & Muhammad Ridho
ERIA, 18 June 2024

8. The COVID-19 Pandemic, Structural Transformation, and Training Programme Outcomes in Indonesia
[Links to 23-page PDF]
Widdi Mugijayani, Titik Anas, Erizqa Mahardhika & Yolanda Orient
ERIA, 18 June 2024

9. PKS Agrees to Nominate Anies for Jakarta Governor on One Condition
Yustinus Patris Paat
Jakarta Globe, 18 June 2024

10. Indonesian mosque’s hosting of Buddhist monks sparks debate on religious tolerance
[This article was first published by the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute on its commentary website fulcrum.sg]
A’an Suryana and Norshahril Saat
South China Morning Post, 15 June 2024


11. Urban Amenities, Firm Performance, and the Probability of Exporting in the Lao PDR
[Links to 28-page PDF]
Phouphet Kyophilavong
ERIA, 18 June 2024


12. More students from China choosing to study in Malaysia
Melissa Goh & Louisa Tang
CNA, 19 June 2024

13. Nenggiri vacancy shows Bersatu constitution change works, says Muhyiddin
Free Malaysia Today, 19 June 2024

14. New MM2H property rule makes it costlier for applicants, say agents
Predeep Nambiar
Free Malaysia Today, 19 June 2024

15. Delicate balancing act for Malaysia if it joins BRICS
Lee Min Keong
Free Malaysia Today, 19 June 2024

16. Groups, activists to gather as pressure grows for Anwar to axe deal with ‘genocide-tainted’ BlackRock
Malaysia Now, 19 June 2024

17. How much pension can MPs receive?
Ooi Choon Nam
Malaysiakini, 19 June 2024

18. Amid DLP poser, Page calls for decentralisation of schools
G Vinod
Malaysiakini, 19 June 2024

19. Malaysia asks China to support its bid to join BRICS
[Link to the State of Southeast Asia 2024 Survey Report]
Norman Goh
Nikkei Asia, 19 June 2024

20. Analysts: BRICS could increase FDIs, strengthen M’sia’s global voice
Tarrence Tan & Keith Hiew
Star, 19 June 2024

21. New three-tier category for MM2H here to stay
Khoo Gek San
Star, 19 June 2024

22. Malaysia marks 50 years of ties with China, announces plan to join BRICS
Benar News, 18 June 2024

23. Alternative Views: Cherry on the reform cake is to limit the PM’s term of office
M Shanmugam
Edge Markets, 18 June 2024

24. China-backed railway could be game changer as Malaysia marks 50 years of ties with Beijing
Shannon Teoh
Straits Times, 18 June 2024

25. 马国特稿:重振“东方硅谷”地位 槟城引领马国半导体发展 [Special article on Malaysia: Revitalizing the status of the “Silicon Valley of the East” Penang leads the development of semiconductors in Malaysia]
联合早报, 16 June 2024

26. DAP, Amanah and Umno are Bersatu’s gurus
Wong Chin Huat
Malaysiakini, 15 June 2024


27. Anti-Rohingya hate speech and attacks on Rohingya civilians on rise
Mizzima, 18 June 2024


28. Philippine BrahMos missile base drops a sea gauntlet on China
Gabriel Honrada
Asia Times, 19 June 2024

29. Philippines plans 17 new ports to boost agricultural supply chain
Ramon Royandoyan
Nikkei Asia, 19 June 2024

30. The Power of Mimicry: How Human Rights are Covertly Undermined in the Philippines
Asia Link, 18 June 2024

31. Amid Philippine anger over US anti-vax report, possible fallout could benefit China: analysts
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 18 June 2024

32. Blackouts, ballooning bills hammer Filipinos as energy crisis grips Philippines
Raissa Robles
South China Morning Post, 18 June 2024

33. Why Philippines’ property market is a gem hidden to most investors
Nicholas Spiro
South China Morning Post, 17 June 2024


34. House accepts 4 bills to alter referendums
Aekarach Sattaburuth
Bangkok Post, 19 June 2024

35. The economic benefits of cannabis
Sutthida Lertrujwanich, Watcharin Tantisan & Nonarit Bisonyabut
Bangkok Post, 19 June 2024

36. Thailand’s marriage equality a rare win in Asia’s fight for LGBTQ rights
Francesca Regalado
Nikkei Asia, 19 June 2024

37. Indicted for insulting monarchy
Star, 19 June 2024

38. Govt readies measures to boost liquidity of Thai economy
The Nation, 19 June 2024

39. Bank of Thailand governor warns against tweaking inflation target
Bangkok Post, 18 June 2024

40. Ex-Thai PM Thaksin granted bail in day of politically charged court hearings
Wittayakorn Boonruang
Benar News, 18 June 2024

41. The Impact of Urban Density on Labour Productivity: Empirical Evidence from Thailand’s Major Cities
[Links to 22-page PDF]
Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu, Naparit Chantawasinkul, Nuttawut  Laksanapanyakul, Warakorn Awutpanyakul & Natcha Yongphiphatwong
ERIA, 18 June 2024


42. Putin lands in North Korea looking for support, weapons, validation
Katie Marie Davies
Kyiv Independent, 19 June 2024

43. Hanoi unveils ambitious plan to improve residents’ lives by 2030
Star, 19 June 2024

44. Hanoi residents praise Putin as ‘world leader’, ‘idol’
Bangkok Post, 18 June 2024

45. District chair removed from Party position following VND170bi loss & misconduct
VietNamNet, 18 June 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

46. High Costs and Renewables Surge Weaken Asian Gas Demand Forecasts
Viktor Tachev
Energy Tracker Asia, 19 June 2024

47. Double continuity: Basis for Singapore-Indonesia economic relations
Lawrence Loh
Jakarta Post, 19 June 2024

48. Singapore, Cambodia launch financial digital infrastructure initiative to boost SME trade
Goh Ruoxue
Business Times, 18 June 2024

49. Southeast Asia’s Digital Banking Race Has Gotten Off to a Slow Start
James Guild
Diplomat, 18 June 2024

50. Singapore commodity trader tops Southeast Asia’s first Fortune 500
[Link to the Fortune Southeast Asia 500]
Tsubasa Suruga
Nikkei Asia, 18 June 2024

51. How Southeast Asia Might React in a Potential Military Conflict Over Taiwan
Ngeow Chow Bing
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 17 June 2024

Asia Pacific

52. Bridging the business and human rights gap in Asia
Seth Hays & Morgan Hughes
East Asia Forum, 18 June 2024

53. Urban Amenities, Productive Performance, and Global Production Value Chain in East Asia and ASEAN
[Link to 21-page PDF]
Subash Sasidharan, Shandre Thangavelu & Ketan Reddy
ERIA, 18 June 2024

54. The Global Security Initiative: China Buttresses its Defence Diplomacy
Kalpit A Mankikar
ORF Online, 18 June 2024

55. Japanese academic: Why Japan should join AUKUS
Masafumi Iida
ThinkChina, 18 June 2024

56. Why Japan is no closer to joining AUKUS
Guo Bingyun
ThinkChina, 18 June 2024

East/South China Sea

57. Parliament of the seas
Manuel L. Quezon III
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 June 2024

58. In South China Sea dispute, Philippines’ bolder hand tests Beijing
Karen Lema & Greg Torode
Reuters, 19 June 2024

59. China rejects PH’s ‘unilateral’ claim to UN over extended continental shelf
Raymond Antonio
Manila Bulletin, 18 June 2024

60. China Injures US Ally’s Sailors in Test of Biden Defense Pledge
Micah McCartney
News Week, 18 June 2024

61. Japan wary of new conflict ‘flashpoints’ in East China Sea over coastguard law: analysts
Julian Ryall
South China Morning Post, 18 June 2024

62. Deng Xiaoping’s South China Sea resolution could work again
Han Heyuan
ThinkChina, 18 June 2024

63. The Possibility of a China-Philippines Conflict in the South China Sea
Li Mingjiang & Xing Jiaying
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 3 June 2024

Climate Change/Environment

64. Thailand Has Tried – and Failed – to Solve Its Pollution Problem
Huizhong Wu
Diplomat, 18 June 2024

65. Carbon Capture Storage and Utilisation (CCUS) Development in Thailand
[Links to 12-page PDF]
Twarath SUTABUTR Sutabutr
ERIA, 18 June 2024

66. Green Peace: How the Fight Against Climate Change Can Overcome Geopolitical Discord
Meghan L. O’Sullivan and Jason Bordoff
Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024

67. Proposed carbon capture bill not applicable to Sabah, says Jeffrey
Malaysiakini, 18 June 2024

68. Asia should not yield opportunity to lead on climate disclosure
Patrick Winter
Nikkei Asia, 18 June 2024

Media, Technology & Society

69. How Indonesia’s cyberspace entrenches oligarchic power
Asia Link, 19 June 2024

70. There’s No Dodge Button for Disinformation
Joshua Foust
Foreign Policy, 18 June 2024


Global Economy

71. Top Dollar: Why the Dominance of America’s Currency Is Harder Than Ever to Overturn
Eswar Prasad
Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024

72. The Trade Truce? When Economic Interdependence Does-and Doesn’t-Promote Peace
Stephen G. Brooks
Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024

73. China in horizon, G7 eyes the Global South
Harsh V. Pant & Angad Singh Brar
ORF Online, 18 June 2024

US Foreign Policy

74. A Foreign Policy for the World as It Is: Biden and the Search for a New American Strategy
Ben Rhodes
Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024

75. The Return of Peace Through Strength: Making the Case for Trump’s Foreign Policy
Robert C. O’Brien
Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024

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