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"In Response to US FONOP, China Flies Advanced Fighter Jets over the South China Sea" by Ian Storey

2018/9, 12 February 2018 According to China’s Ministry of Defence, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has used state-of-the-art SU-35 fighter jets to conduct combat patrols over the South China Sea Although the report did not provide details of the exact dates, location or size of the patrols, it…
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"RCEP in 2018? - Expectations must be Tempered" by Sanchita Basu Das

2018/8, 9 February 2018 Concluding the negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is a significant deliverable for ASEAN in 2018. If it is successful, ASEAN will be feted for its leadership to bring together big economies like China, India, Japan and South Korea under a single comprehensive…
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"The Finer Points to Note on the EU Resolution to Ban Palm Oil in Biodiesel" by Lee Poh Onn

2018/7, 25 January 2018On 17 January, EU Parliament proposed a ban of the use of unsustainable sources of palm oil in biofuels as of 2021. According to European parliamentarians, palm oil from such sources has driven deforestation and increased greenhouse gas emissions. Indonesia and Malaysia account for 80 percent of…
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"Bangladesh is Right to Delay the Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees" by Su-Ann Oh

2018/6, 24 January 2018 The repatriation of Rohingya refugees (referred to as Bengali in Myanmar) from Bangladesh to Myanmar was slated to begin on 23 January but has been postponed by the Bangladesh government amid concerns about the repatriation procedures and the unwillingness of the refugees to return. Beyond these,…
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"US Navy FONOP at Scarborough Shoal Symptom of Growing Sino-US Competition" by Ian Storey

2018/5, 22 January 2018 On Wednesday 17 January, the US Navy conducted its first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) of 2018 in the South China Sea—and its fifth under President Trump—when the destroyer USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal, a small atoll 120 miles west of…
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"Jokowi’s Third Cabinet Reshuffle to Bring Closer Alliance with Golkar and the Military" by Charlotte Setijadi

2018/4, 19 January 2018 President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s third cabinet reshuffle was finally announced on Wednesday 17 January 2018. Long-awaited and a subject of speculation since the first half of last year, the reshuffle is much smaller in scale than many had expected, with only four changes in the president’s…
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"Southeast Asia Receives a Mixed Scorecard from International Piracy Watchdog for 2017" by Ian Storey

2018/3, 17 January 2018 The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual report for 2017 on the worldwide piracy and sea robbery situation paints a mixed picture for Southeast Asia, though the overall trends are largely positive. Of the 180 reported incidents of actual and attempted acts of maritime violence across the…
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"PH’s Unprecedented Demonstration of Opposition Unity" by Norshahril Saat

2018/2, 8 January 2018 On 7 January, Malaysia’s opposition coalition, PH (Pact of Hope) held its first ever convention. Attendees include delegates from four political parties: Amanah (National Trust Party), DAP (Democratic Action Party), PKR (People’s Justice Party) and PBBM (Malaysian United Indigenous Party). The meeting is an important milestone…
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"Myanmar-China Relations in 2018: Enter the Dragon" by Ye Htut

2018/1, 5 January 2018 While the United States and other Western democracies are discussing the feasibility of imposing targeted sanctions on Myanmar over the Rohingya issue, China is quietly working on further broadening and deepening its cooperation with Myanmar. A flurry of recent bilateral visits back and forth illustrate China’s…
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"The US National Security Strategy Sheds Light on how the US Views Southeast Asia" by Jason Salim

2017/72, 21 December 2017 The National Security Strategy as unveiled by US President Donald Trump on 18 December 2017 is the first cogent iteration of his foreign policy agenda since taking office in January this year. Transcending beyond President Trump’s speeches and Twitter comments as well as the often-conflicting remarks…
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