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ASEAN Beat

‘One Vision, One Identity, One Community.’ That’s the ASEAN motto. But what’s the reality? Our bloggers based around this diverse and strategically key region give you an insider’s perspective on politics, security and society in South-east Asia.

After Months of Calm, Thailand Grapples with Virus Outbreak
December 24, 2020

After Months of Calm, Thailand Grapples with Virus Outbreak

By Associated Press
The surge of cases in Samut Sakhon province threatens to undo months of efforts to contain the virus and hasten recovery of Thailand's ailing economy.?

Indonesia Quietly Advances Economic, Cultural Ties with Taiwan
December 23, 2020

Indonesia Quietly Advances Economic, Cultural Ties with Taiwan

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Fuad Tingai
Despite the country’s growing dependence on China, connections with Taiwan have persisted – even grown.
Two Rappers Convicted of ‘Incitement’ in Cambodia
December 23, 2020

Two Rappers Convicted of ‘Incitement’ in Cambodia

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's long crackdown continues.

Amid Corruption and COVID-19, Jokowi Shakes Up Indonesia’s Cabinet
December 23, 2020

Amid Corruption and COVID-19, Jokowi Shakes Up Indonesia’s Cabinet

By Sebastian Strangio
The reshuffle included the replacement of the controversial Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto.

In Thailand, Local Elections See Stagnating Progressive Vote
December 22, 2020

In Thailand, Local Elections See Stagnating Progressive Vote

By Sebastian Strangio
The results of the recent provincial elections hint at the possibility that some of demands of Thai protesters may be a hard sell outside big cities.

Is Cambodia Really Turning Its Back on Chinese Vaccines?
December 22, 2020

Is Cambodia Really Turning Its Back on Chinese Vaccines?

By Sebastian Strangio
Phnom Penh is likely to accept reliable, proven vaccines from whoever is offering them, including Beijing.

Report Details Military Links of Major Myanmar Telco Firm
December 21, 2020

Report Details Military Links of Major Myanmar Telco Firm

By Sebastian Strangio
Mytel, one of Myanmar's largest telecoms networks, functions as a major source of revenue for the Tatmadaw.
Vietnam’s Sole Military Ally
December 21, 2020

Vietnam’s Sole Military Ally

By Khang Vu
The country's longstanding ties with its neighbor Laos constitute an alliance in everything but name.

How Much Should We Worry About Laos’ Debt?
December 21, 2020

How Much Should We Worry About Laos’ Debt?

By David Hutt
Laos has several options for dealing with its debt crisis, and none of them are palatable.

In Migrant Worker Hub, Thailand Sees a Rare Coronavirus Surge
December 21, 2020

In Migrant Worker Hub, Thailand Sees a Rare Coronavirus Surge

By Sebastian Strangio
The COVID-19 outbreak puts a spotlight on Thailand’s large floating population of migrant workers from Myanmar.

China Building Massive Myanmar Border Wall: Reports
December 17, 2020

China Building Massive Myanmar Border Wall: Reports

By Sebastian Strangio
Western coverage has framed the wall as an attempt to keep dissidents from fleeing the country. The reality is more complex.
In Indonesia, Confucius Institutes Struggle to Dislodge Anti-Chinese Sentiment
December 17, 2020

In Indonesia, Confucius Institutes Struggle to Dislodge Anti-Chinese Sentiment

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and M. Habib Pashya
Despite Beijing's best efforts at public diplomacy, suspicion is widespread among the Indonesian public.

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