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"Korea Finds in ASEAN a Like-Minded Partner on the Indo-Pacific" by Hoang Thi Ha

2019/103, 2 December 2019 The ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit was convened on 25-26 November in Busan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their dialogue relations. The high-profile event showcased President Moon Jae-in’s strong commitment to bring ASEAN-ROK partnership to a new height under his New Southern Policy (NSP).…
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"Philippine Critical Infrastructure and China" by Malcolm Cook

2019/102, 2 December 2019 On 20 November, National Transmission Corporation President Melvin Matibag testified in the Philippine Senate that the State Grid Corporation of China may be able to turn the power off in the Philippines. In 2009, the administration of President Macapagal-Arroyo privatized the national grid monopoly and granted…
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“US-Vietnam Dynamics: US Defence Secretary Mark Esper’s Vietnam Visit” by Ha Hoang Hop and Lye Liang Fook

2019/101, 27 November 2019 US Defence Secretary Mark Esper visited Vietnam on his last stop to Asia in November 2019 that saw him also travelling to South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines. From the US perspective, the Vietnam visit is important on at least two levels. First, the visit underscores…
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“Thailand’s New Security Plan Highlights Threats to the Throne” by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

2019/100, 27 November 2019 Thailand announced last week a new plan and policy guideline for national security. The guideline foresees global geo-political changes presenting insignificant threats to the country in the years ahead. But it regards domestic issues, notably declining faith in the monarchy and political divisions, as greater concerns.
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"The South China Sea: More Dangerous and Unstable" by Daljit Singh

2019/99, 26 November 2019 Contrary to the views of some in Southeast Asia that the South China Sea (SCS) is already ‘’lost” to China, the US regards it very much as a contested zone between the US and China. This contest is heating up as the US steps up pressure…
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“Myanmar at the ICJ: Intent and Implications” by Moe Thuzar

2019/98, 22 November 2019 On 20 November 2019, Myanmar’s social media sphere was set a-twitter with the announcement on Facebook by the Office of the State Counsellor that Aung San Suu Kyi – in her capacity as Foreign Minister – would head a team to the International Court of Justice…
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“Tough Challenges Facing the Future Forward Party after Thanathorn’s Setback in Court” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/97, 21 November 2019 On 20 November, Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled that Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit must give up his seat in parliament position for having failed to dispose of his shares in a publishing firm before standing for election last March. This decision will have far-reaching political…
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“Papal Visits and the State of Interreligious Relations in Thailand” by Katewadee Kulabkaew

2019/96, 20 November 2019Pope Francis, the supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church, is visiting Thailand this week. His is the second papal visit in 35 years to this predominantly Buddhist country, where Catholics account for only 0.5 per cent of the population.
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"Southeast Asian Engagement with the Trump Administration" by Malcolm Cook

2019/95, 19 November 2019President Trump’s absences from the East Asia Summit in Singapore last year and in Bangkok two weeks ago have been criticized as a sign of American disengagement from Southeast Asia and ASEAN. Similar criticisms were made of President Obama’s absence from the East Asia Summit in 2013.…
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"Beyond Race: Historical Voting Patterns Indicate that Urban/Rural Differences Shape Political Preferences in the Upcoming Tanjung Piai By-election" by Kevin Zhang

2019/94, 14 November 2019 Numerous commentators have highlighted that racial identity is a crucial indicator of political preferences in the upcoming Tanjung Piai by-election. Tanjung Piai is a racially mixed constituency with 57% Malays, 42% Chinese and 1% Indian voters. Despite being classified as a rural constituency, the Tanjung Piai…
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