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"Strategic Imperatives for India and Australia to Conclude RCEP Negotiation in 2018" by Sanchita Basu Das

2018/53, 7 May 2018 There is immense expectation that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), under negotiation for the past five years, will be delivered by ASEAN in 2018. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his post-ASEAN Summit press conference called for RCEP negotiations to be concluded soon. Referring to…
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"New wave of Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea?" by Le Hong Hiep

2018/52, 7 May 2018On 2 May 2018, U.S. news network CNBC reported that China had installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the Spratlys, namely Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef and Mischief Reef. The report substantiates the concern among regional observers that China…
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"The ASEAN Way on the South China Sea Speaks Volumes" by Tang Siew Mun

2018/51, 7 May 2018ASEAN continues to face criticism from outside the region for being “soft” on the South China Sea issue. ASEAN official statements, including the Chairman’s Statement of the recently concluded 32nd ASEAN Summit have been singled out as “subdued,” “watered down” and “failing to rise to the occasion.”…
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"ASEAN Smart Cities Network: Preparing For the Future" by Moe Thuzar

2018/50, 3 May 2018At the 32nd ASEAN Summit in April 2018, Singapore introduced the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) as one of the key deliverables. The ASCN is aimed at being prepared for the security and socio-economic implications arising from changing centres of urban populations. As this is a regional…
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"Seamless ASEAN Sky: Policymakers need to look beyond Obstacles" by Sanchita Basu Das

2018/49, 2 May 2018The ASEAN Leaders’ Vision Statement at the end of 32nd ASEAN Summit emphasized the importance of connectivity. It reiterated the governments’ commitment towards a Seamless ASEAN Sky to help airlines operate within ASEAN in an integrated fashion. The governments also promised to harmonize safety standards and increase…
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"ASEAN Resilience: Continuity and Change" by Hoang Thi Ha

2018/48, 2 May 2018At the 32nd ASEAN Summit on 27-28 April 2018 in Singapore, the ASEAN leaders issued their Vision for a Resilient and Innovative ASEAN “as an articulation of ASEAN’s strategic position and intent in the context of a shifting geopolitical and economic landscape.” Resilience – originating from Indonesia’s…
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"Duterte’s Democratic Dictatorship" by Malcolm Cook

2018/47, 26 April 2018On 26 April, Boracay Island, the Philippines’ most popular destination for local and foreign tourists, was closed down for six months upon the verbal request of President Duterte. In 2017, more than 2 million tourists visited Boracay. No Executive Order stating the legal basis for the half-year…
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"April Sees Heightened Chinese and US Naval Activities in the South China Sea" by Ian Storey

2018/46, 26 April 2018 Although tensions between China and the Southeast Asian claimants in the South China Sea have subsided significantly since mid-2016, the contested waters remain an arena of growing strategic competition between the US and China. High-profile naval activities by both countries in the area during April underscored…
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"Coming Top Personnel Changes Important for Vietnam’s Political Prospects" by Le Hong Hiep

2018/45, 25 April 2018The seventh plenum of the twelfth Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) is scheduled to convene in May 2018. The plenum is expected to make major personnel decisions that will generate important implications for Vietnam’s political prospects, especially the thirteenth congress of the CPV…
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"President U Win Myint’s Debut at the ASEAN Summit" by Moe Thuzar

2018/44, 25 April 2018 The 32nd ASEAN Summit, the first of two Summits to be chaired and hosted by Singapore during its ASEAN chairmanship in 2018, will see the debut of Myanmar’s newly elected President U Win Myint on the ASEAN scene. His participation will be watched with interest by…
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