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"Questions on China’s Friendship Treaty Proposal", a Commentary by Tang Siew Mun

Commentary 2016/63, 16 September 2016 The 19th ASEAN-China Summit held on 7 September 2016 was dedicated to commemorating the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-China dialogue relations, which culminated in the release of a Joint Statement. The 1,205 word document reaffirmed the basic principles of the bilateral relations and reflected on…
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“From Regent to Royalty: Bupati’s Appointment as King of Gowa Causes Conflict and Debate in South Sulawesi”, a Commentary by Andrew M. Carruthers

Commentary 2016/62, 15 September 2016On 8 September, Adnan Purichta Ichsan — the Bupati or “Regent” of Gowa Regency, South Sulawesi — was conferred the title Sombaya Ri Gowa (“He who is revered in Gowa”), effectively declaring him king of the traditional royal polity. His appointment has been widely criticized throughout…
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"US Sanctions on Myanmar - An Economic Equation", a Commentary by Moe Thuzar

Commentary 2016/61, 15 September 2016 The big news for many Burma/Myanmar watchers today is the lifting of remaining US economic sanctions on Myanmar. The US limited its economic and trade relations with Myanmar since 1989. Recent years have seen the easing of some of these restrictions to boost the US’s…
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"ASEAN Kicks-in the Next Phase of Regional Connectivity", a Commentary by Sanchita Basu Das

Commentary 2016/60, 15 September 2016At the 28th ASEAN Summit held recently in Vientiane, the region’s economic integration process advanced into its next phase. The Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 was adopted to continue the aims expressed in MPAC 2010. This new plan concentrates on five strategic areas:1. Sustainable…
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"ASEAN’s RCEP Dilemma", a Commentary by Malcolm Cook

Commentary 2016/59, 14 September 2016 The difficulty of ASEAN and the wider ASEAN-led diplomatic processes to reach a common position on the maritime rights disputes between China (and Taiwan) and five ASEAN member-states in the South China Sea dominates coverage of ASEAN. Intractable differences between the US and China over…
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"Taking Baby Steps in the South China Sea", a Commentary by Hoang Thi Ha

Commentary 2016/58, 8 September 2016As tensions rise in the South China Sea (SCS) and durable solutions to resolve disputes remain elusive, ASEAN and China are turning to diplomatic tools to lower the risk of armed clashes. The challenge is to ensure that these tools are up to the task, and…
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"The Case of the Missing Civil Society Organisations CSO at the ASEAN Summit", a Commentary by Hoang Thi Ha

Commentary 2016/57, 7 September 2016 ASEAN Leaders met with representatives from the business sector, youth groups and parliamentarians on the sidelines of the 28th ASEAN Summit yesterday in Vientiane, but civil society organisations (CSO) were noticeably absent this time. This does not come as a surprise since the intermittent convening…
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"Is Mahathir’s Reconciliation with Anwar Possible?", a Commentary by Norshahril Saat

Commentary 2016/56, 7 September 2016 Dr Mahathir Mohamad was referred to as a Malaysian “maverick” for many reasons. During his 22 years reign as Prime Minister, he survived numerous leadership challenges by senior UMNO leaders; led his party to two-thirds majority in every elections; checked the authority of Malay rulers;…
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"Inclusivity and Myanmar’s Peace Negotiations", a commentary by Su-Ann Oh

Commentary 2016/55, 5 September 2016 The Union Peace Conference, also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference, that took place on 31 August to 3 September in Naypyitaw was the first major peace conference held with the NLD at the helm of the government. Its aim was not only to…
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"“Go Local!”: Mixed Signals in Malaysia’s Trade Policy", a Commentary by Tham Siew Yean

Commentary 2016/54, 5 September 2016 Is Malaysia sliding down the slippery road of trade protectionism? The Star Online, Friday 2 September 2016 reported that the Prime Minister of Malaysia wants mega project developers as well as the automotive and aerospace industries to use more locally made products and components to…
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