Month: January 2020

The elusive narrative: Aung Suu Kyi and the international media

State Counsellor Aung Suu Kyi’s recent defense of Myanmar military at the International Court of Justice against the allegations of genocide has turned the spotlight on Myanmar- and for all bad reasons. Myanmar’s Rakhine province is experiencing a humanitarian crisis that has led to the exodus of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh and even Malaysia. The unfolding of…

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The elusive narrative: Aung Suu Kyi and the international media

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: Making sense of The Philippines’ relationship with China and the United States

As a major ally with a mutual defense treaty and a history of fighting side-by-side since World War II, the bond between the United States and the Philippines has been especially close. Understandably, it comes as a surprise to many to see the Philippines seek closer ties with China. More so considering the tense territorial…

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Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: Making sense of The Philippines’ relationship with China and the United States

The decade of EU-ASEAN partnership

The European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are the leading regional organizations on the planet that enshrine the values of free trade and cross-border cooperation. Both are highly organized, connected, and coordinated, based on a network of bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements, dispute resolution mechanisms, and reliable communication channels.  The recently…

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The decade of EU-ASEAN partnership

The key ingredients for Vietnam’s economic success

In spite of the global slow down, Vietnam has managed to register an impressive growth rate of  7.02% for the year 2019, according to government estimates. The Southeast Asian nation had surpassed 7% even in 2018 (it grew at 7.08%). It would be fair to say that amongst emerging economies, it certainly is a star performer along with the South Asian nation of…

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The key ingredients for Vietnam’s economic success

India’s Half-Nod to Huawei?

India’s Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad in a recent statement announced that New Delhi will allow “all vendors” to participate in its 5G trials—crucial for developing the country’s 5G network architecture. The announcement brought relief to China’s Huawei, which has been at the centre of debates over national security implications of allowing Huawei’s entry into…

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India’s Half-Nod to Huawei?