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"Controversial Changes to Indonesia’s Law on Legislative Bodies Come into Effect" by Eve Warburton

2018/26, 16 March 2018 Revisions to Indonesia’s Law on Legislative Bodies (MD3) were first passed by parliament (DPR) on February 12th. President Jokowi mulled over whether or not to sign the new law. After a month of equivocation, he chose not to add his signature to the MD3. However in…
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"The Philippine Panda Bond" by Malcolm Cook

2018/25, 16 March 2018In the next week or two, the Philippine government plans to issue its first panda bond (a renminbi-denominated bond issued by a non-Chinese borrower to investors in China). The planned ¥1.46 billion ($200 million) issuance, if successful, would be a win-win-win development for the Philippines and China.…
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"China’s New International Development Cooperation Agency and Foreign Aid" by Lye Liang Fook

2018/24, 15 March 2018 One highlight of China’s National People’s Congress session in March 2018 is the restructuring of China’s State Council, or cabinet, to improve its governance and effectiveness. Among the proposed changes is the creation of a new state-level International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA) that will integrate the…
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"A Tale of Two Trades: Trump's Tariffs and the CPTPP" by Sanchita Basu Das

2018/23, 14 March 2018 Last week, the world saw two contrasting events: roughshod protectionism and dogged commitment to global open trade. Even as President Trump imposed tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminium, 11 countries from Asia-Pacific signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Stock…
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"PH’s campaign in Kelantan: How will it Pan Out?" by Norshahril Saat

2018/22, 9 March 2018 Malaysia’s general elections should happen weeks from now. The ruling BN and PH are already busy with their walkabouts and roadshows even before official campaigning begins. In the rural state of Kelantan, small scale campaigning has already begun: political parties have started the traditional “flag warfare”…
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“An ASEAN Single Digital Market? Small Beginnings, Great Endings” by Sanchita Basu Das

2018/21, 7 March 2018 An idea of a ‘single digital market’ in ASEAN was shared by Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, during a panel discussion in Jakarta, organised by Bank Indonesia and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week. He said that ASEAN is excited to provide…
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"China’s Reaction to USS Carl Vinson’s Visit to Vietnam" by Lye Liang Fook

2018/20, 6 March 2018 China’s reaction to an American aircraft carrier’s first ever visit to Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War has been deliberately muted. China has downplayed the significance of the USS Carl Vinson visit to Danang by regarding it as part of any normal exchange and…
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"Pursue Integration of ASEAN Digital Economy under ‘Open Regionalism’" by Sanchita Basu Das

2018/19, 5 March 2018 ASEAN’s digital economy has untapped potential. At the ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Retreat in Singapore from 1-3 March 2018, Mr. Lim Hng King, Singapore’s Minister of Trade, urged ASEAN governments to work together to facilitate trade and investment in the region. In his words, ‘our trade architecture…
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"US and Vietnam Need to Build on Momentum of Carrier Visit" by Le Hong Hiep

2018/18, 5 March 2018 American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson’s visit to Danang from 5 to 9 March 2018 is a significant landmark in the accelerating rapprochement between Vietnam and the United States. USS Carl Vinson is the first American aircraft carrier to visit Vietnam after the Vietnam War, and,…
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"ASEAN Must Unite to Keep the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit on Track" by Tang Siew Mun

2018/17, 1 March 2018 The ASEAN-Australia Special Summit scheduled from 17-18 March 2018 in Sydney is off to a rocky start, and may come off the rails if the Cambodian Prime Minister carries through his threat to withdraw from this important event. The Australian reported on Mr Hun Sen’s speech…
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