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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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"Duterte’s False Equivalency" by Malcolm Cook

2018/16, 23 February 2018 On Monday, in a speech to the Chinese-Filipino Business Club, President Duterte in his typical off the cuff manner made two statements that caught the media’s attention. He joked that the Philippines could become a province of Taiwan (he probably meant China) to solve its money…
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"Philippine Trade Surprise" by Malcolm Cook

2018/15, 22 February 2018 The Trump administration’s seemingly forlorn push for bilateral trade deals in East Asia has received some unexpected support from the Duterte administration in the Philippines. On Monday, Philippines Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia emphasized the importance for the Philippines of elevating its current Trade and Investment…
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"Japan-Myanmar Relations: What Will the Dog Year Offer?" by Moe Thuzar

2018/14, 21 February 2018 As one of ASEAN’s earliest Dialogue Partners, Japan’s relations with ASEAN countries draws from its commitment under the Fukuda Doctrine to assist Southeast Asia’s post- World War II development. Japan was a major aid-provider to post-independent Burma’s economic development up to the military coup in 1988.…
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"Indonesia between Two Major Powers: US Defense Secretary, Mattis’ Visit" by Leo Suryadinata

2018/13, 15 February 2018On 22-24 January 2018, US secretary of defense Jim Mattis visited Indonesia. This was the second US leader from the Trump Administration to visit Jakarta after Vice-President Mike Pence. In fact, before visiting Jakarta, Mattis had delivered a speech at the Johns Hopkins University, unveiling the shift…
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"Religious Intolerance Marks the Beginning of the Election Year in Indonesia" by Deasy Simandjuntak

2018/12, 14 February 2018 On Sunday 11 February morning, the residents of the generally tolerant, multi-religious, province of Yogyakarta, experienced a rare bout of religious violence. During a mass at a Catholic church, an unknown young man walked in and stabbed the priest and several church-goers. The police shot the…
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"Southeast Asia’s Response to Trump’s Economic and Trade Policies" by Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

2018/11, 13 February 2018 USA is the largest, most vibrant, and flexible economy in the world, however less so than a decade or two ago. The wildly fluctuating stock market in recent times is not a good omen. A benign and positive outlook does not call for contingency planning, but…
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"ASEAN Military Response to Counter-Terrorism" by Hoang Thi Ha

2018/10, 12 February 2018 Counter-terrorism was on top of the agenda of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Retreat on 6 January 2018 in Singapore, which identified “terrorism as the most serious security threat to the region.” The Ministers also issued a joint statement to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation among ASEAN…
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