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"Chinese Premier Li Calls for South China Sea Code of Conduct by 2021" by Ian Storey

2018/99, 15 November 2018On 13 November 2018, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered the 44th Singapore Lecture entitled “Pursuing Open and Integrated Development for Shared Prosperity”. During his speech, Li expressed the hope that China and ASEAN could conclude negotiations on a Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South China Sea…
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"Aksi Bela Tauhid: Manufacturing Religious Cleavages for the 2019 Presidential Election?" by Ahmad Najib Burhani

2018/98, 8 November 2018 With the appointment of Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is believed to have shielded himself from the prospect of a bitter campaign using religion. Instead the economy will become the key campaign issue. However, the recent demonstrations…
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"CPTPP Momentum" by Malcolm Cook

2018/97, 31 October 2018The first mega-regional trade deal, the tongue-twisting Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), has successfully passed the domestic legislative processes of 6 of the 11 negotiating parties. This means that the CPTPP will become a market reality by early 2019. These six economies account for…
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"Economy will Become Key Factor in Indonesia's Presidential Elections" by Siwage Dharma Negara

2018 No. 96, 31 October 2018 In a seminar hosted by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute on 29 October 2018, Mr Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, one of Indonesia’s leading business people and vice-presidential candidate from the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), shared his insights on “Indonesia’s Future Economy”. He cited some critical…
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"China Multilateralizes its Defence Diplomacy in Southeast Asia" by Ian Storey

2018/95, 25 October 2018 China has stepped up its defence diplomacy in Southeast Asia by participating in simultaneous naval exercises with the ASEAN states. From 20 to 29 October, China will hold combined exercises with Malaysia and Thailand in the Straits of Malacca. China and Malaysia have contributed two warships…
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"ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise is not a Zero-Sum Game" by Hoang Thi Ha

2018/94, 25 October 2018 Having built up a considerable level of familiarity and comfort among the participating defense establishments over the past decade, the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM-Plus are increasingly geared towards action-oriented measures to deal with complex security issues in the region, especially counter-terrorism and…
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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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