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Obama will encounter a different Asia
April 21, 2014 1:00 am

Obama will encounter a different Asia

When US President Barack Obama returns to Asia - Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines - this week, he will find a continent different to the one he's left unattended since November 2012.

Asean-China looks for common grounds
April 14, 2014 1:00 am

Asean-China looks for common grounds

Next Monday the senior officials from Asean and China will be meeting in Pattaya after they met last September at Suzhou, China where they kicked off official consultation on the process of formulating code of conducts (CoC) for the South China Sea....

Myanmar engages Asean's civil society groups
April 7, 2014 1:00 am

Myanmar engages Asean's civil society groups

Strange as it may seem, the Asean's People Forum in Yangon last month turned out to be the biggest ever gathering of civil society groups in the region.

Is China-Japan friendship really that bad?
March 31, 2014 1:00 am

Is China-Japan friendship really that bad?

"Have you seen Zhao Jian's work?" asked a Chinese friend. "She's great and very popular here." For the past three and half months at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Yayoi's work has been a big hit on...

Myanmar's peace process at a critical stage
March 24, 2014 1:00 am

Myanmar's peace process at a critical stage

The Fragile peace process between Nayphidaw and ethnic groups has reached a critical stage - it can either move ahead with a nation-wide ceasefire agreement soon or be dragged on without any deadline. Complicated the whole endeavor has been the...

Surapong sold out Thailand's for myopic interests
March 17, 2014 1:00 am

Surapong sold out Thailand's for myopic interests

After a 90-minute session of clarification on the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to Thailand on Friday by caretaker foreign minister Surapong Tohvijakchaikul, Ministry for Foreign Affairs' senior officials concluded without any...

Ethnic media and views needed in Myanmar
March 10, 2014 1:00 am

Ethnic media and views needed in Myanmar

For three days last week, more than 250 journalists belonged to ethnic groups from all over Myanmar gathered here with clear objectives: to make their voices heard and to strengthen their nascent media network as well as improve journalistic skills...

Thailand must be careful what it wishes for
March 3, 2014 8:52 am

Thailand must be careful what it wishes for

Caretaker Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul probably did not understand the full repercussions of inviting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to help in the conflict between the Yingluck government, which he represents, and anti-government...

As Indonesia rises, sensitivity is needed
February 24, 2014 1:00 am

As Indonesia rises, sensitivity is needed

Singapore's outrage over Indonesia's naming of its frigate "Usman-Harun" was understandable. It also exposed the fragility of the Asean Community and its goal of regional integration.

US strategic clarity builds confidence
February 17, 2014 1:00 am

US strategic clarity builds confidence

In a time like today of rapid power shifts, the world's heavyweights are no longer occupying themselves with the usual strategic ambivalence - their mantra over the past three decades. Such a mindset was the right attitude to have in the past,...