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"The Mid-Term Review of the Eleventh Malaysia Plan: A Glimpse of the PH Government’s Future Economic Policy Directions" by Cassey Lee

2018/93, 19 October 2018 History repeats itself but often in slightly different ways. So it is with the tabling of the Mid-Term Review of the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (MTR-11MP) on the 11th of October 2018 by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Some 34 years ago, in March 1984, Mahathir Mohamad unveiled…
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"US-China Tensions Spill over into South China Sea" by Ian Storey

2018/92, 11 October 2018 China’s more robust response to America’s most recent freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the Spratly Islands is a clear demonstration of how the intensification of Sino-US rivalry is increasingly being played out in the heart of maritime Southeast Asia. Over recent months, it has become…
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"What to Expect from Vietnam’s Consolidated Power Structure?" by Le Hong Hiep

2018/91, 4 October 2018 On 3 October 2018, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) unanimously nominated General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to be the candidate for the state president position that has been left vacant after the recent passing of the late President Tran Dai Quang.…
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"Philippine Federalism: Not by Popular Demand" by Malcolm Cook

2018/90, 1 October 2018 The most recent Pulse Asia opinion poll suggests, again, that President Duterte should desist in his push for a federal Philippines through constitutional revision (called charter change in the Philippines). Charter change finished last among the list of 15 “urgent national concerns” his administration should address.…
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"The Sudden Passing of President Tran Dai Quang and Its Implications" by Le Hong Hiep

2018/89, 24 September 2018 The sudden passing of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on 21 September 2018 was a shock to many Vietnamese. Although Mr Quang was known to have been ill for some time, he was still seen receiving foreign leaders and engaging in various political and social activities…
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"China Criticizes Presence of Foreign Warships in South China Sea" by Ian Storey

2018/88, 21 September 2018 Operations by Japanese and British warships to assert freedom of navigation rights in the South China Sea have been criticized by Beijing as destabilizing and provocative. On 13 September, three Japanese surface warships and a submarine took part in a training exercise in an undisclosed area…
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"Spike in Chinese Tourists Presents New Challenges for Vietnam" by Le Hong Hiep

2018/87, 11 September 2018 Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has recently instructed the State Bank of Vietnam, the Ministry of Finance and relevant government agencies to crack down on the use of Chinese electronic wallet services, such as WeChat Pay and AliPay, as well as illegal points of…
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"PM Morrison’s Visit: A New Era for Indonesia-Australia Relations?" by Siwage Dharma Negara and Leo Suryadinata

2018/86, 4 September 2018 The newly elected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Indonesia from August 31 to September 2. It is his first foreign trip a week after his inauguration. The visit indicates Australia's foreign policy priority to improving bilateral relations with Indonesia. Traditionally, new Australian leaders have always…
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"The Northeast Asian Exception" by Malcolm Cook

2018/85, 24 August 2018It has long been an article of conventional wisdom that the lack of strategic trust between China, Japan and South Korea undermines economic cooperation between the three Northeast Asian trading powers and undercuts their ability to set regional and global rules and standards. There is much evidence…
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"Vietnam’s North-South High-speed Rail Project: A Renewed Opportunity for Japan?" by Le Hong Hiep

2018/84, 21 August 2018 In June 2010, Vietnam’s National Assembly voted to reject a proposal to build a North-South high-speed rail line connecting Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City. This proposal, backed by Japanese companies, failed to win the legislature’s approval due to its high price tag of USD56…
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