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"New Tensions in Vietnam – China Relations?" by Le Hong Hiep

2017/38, 20 June 2017 Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Fan Changlong paid an official visit to Vietnam from 18 to 19 June 2017. He also planned to join Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich to preside over border exchange activities between the two militaries to be held in…
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Why was Thailand’s Prime Minister Absent in the Belt and Road Initiative Summit? by Pongphisoot Busbarat

2017/37, 9 June 2017 Recently, there were a lot of questions as to why the Singapore Prime Minister was not present at the recent Belt and Road (BRI) Summit held in Beijing during 14-15 May 2017. This is especially when Singapore is located in the maritime silk road. Similar questions…
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"Pancasila Task Force: Re-inculcation Strategy to Counter Intolerant and Fundamentalist Ideologies in Indonesia" by Deasy Simandjuntak

2017/36, 5 June 2017 As an effort to clamp down on fundamentalism and intolerance, the Indonesian government has introduced new measures to re-inculcate Pancasila, which upholds pluralism and inclusiveness, as the sole national ideology. In his speech during Pancasila Day on June 1, President Joko Widodo established UKP-PIP, a special…
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"APEC Plans for Workers to Thrive and Cope in the Digital Age" by Lee Hwok Aun

2017/35, 1 June 2017 APEC’s Framework on Human Resource Development in the Digital Age, conceived at a High-Level Policy Dialogue in Hanoi on 15 May, is timely and important (click here). The proliferation of the digital economy, popularly known as Industrial Revolution 4.0, presents immense opportunities and challenges for the…
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"Vietnam’s Continued Balancing Act" by Le Hong Hiep

2017/34, 30 May 2017Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is paying an official visit to the United States from 29 to 31 May 2017. The visit is an important opportunity for Vietnam to further strengthen its ties with the US and showcases Vietnam’s continued efforts to walk the line between…
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"Martial Law in Mindanao: Length and Scope" by Malcolm Cook

2017/33, 29 May 2017 President Duterte’s 23 May declaration of martial law (and the suspension of the writ of habeus corpus) in Mindanao immediately sparked two questions; how long and how broad? Less than a week later, there are strong signs that President Duterte is considering extending martial law beyond…
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"APEC Trade Ministers Discussed Key Future Issues of Trade Agreements" by Sanchita Basu Das

2017/32, 29 May 2017 The trade ministers from the 21 APEC member economies met in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 20-21 May 2017. The meeting was of special relevance as it was the first international forum for Mr. Robert Lighthizer to attend as a confirmed US Trade Representative (USTR) under the Trump…
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"Myanmar’s Elusive Dream of Peace" by Ye Htut

2017/31, 29 May 2017 The second Union Peace Conference, popularly referred to as 21st Century Panglong, concluded on 29 May 2017 with no agreement on non- secession and unified federal army issues . In her opening speech, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi talked about “turning the dreams so long cherished…
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"US Conducts First FONOP in the South China Sea under Trump" by Ian Storey

2017/30, 26 May 2017On Wednesday 24 May the US Navy conducted its first “Freedom of Navigation Operation” (FONOP) in the South China Sea since President Trump took office in January. Although the FONOP has attracted much media attention, it is too early to tell whether it heralds a major ramping…
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"Martial Law in Mindanao" by Malcolm Cook

2017/29, 24 May 2017 On 23 May, while on a state visit to Russia, President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao. The trigger for this was the temporary capture of much of the downtown area of Marawi City by Abu Sayyaf Group and Maute Group terrorists in response to an…
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