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ASEAN is at the center of the RCEP architecture – With Carlyle Thayer

ASEAN is at the center of the geopolitical feud between the US and China. Little will change under Biden Administration, but in the meanwhile, it has joined the largest trade agreement in the world, the RCEP. How will this influence ASEAN’s relationship with China? Will the US catch up with the geopolitical and economic clout…

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ASEAN is at the center of the RCEP architecture – With Carlyle Thayer

Southeast Asian countries may have to choose between China and the US – With Grant Newsham

Maybe in the past, Southeast Asian countries may have remained neutral between the US and China, but nowadays, according to Grant Newsham, the strategic neutrality may not be enough. In the near future, ASEAN countries must decide where to stand, and must think quick on it.

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Southeast Asian countries may have to choose between China and the US – With Grant Newsham

Pompeo’s stances on South China Sea will send shockwaves in Southeast Asia – With Carlyle Thayer

What will be the consequences of Pompeo’s statement on South China Sea?Professor Carlyle Thayer, a good friend of mine, has clear ideas on the issue. Have a listen!

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Pompeo’s stances on South China Sea will send shockwaves in Southeast Asia – With Carlyle Thayer

ASEAN will remain completely neutral over Hong Kong – With Dylan Loh Ming Hui

Dylan Loh is not going around the issue: ASEAN will remain neutral over Hong Kong. ASEAN countries can’t allow – according to Dylan – to side with either China or the USA on Hong Kong. ASEAN – to retain its centrality and strategic strength – must engage with both the superpowers and preserve the balance…

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ASEAN will remain completely neutral over Hong Kong – With Dylan Loh Ming Hui

Geopolitics, politics and economics: the consequences of COVID-19 over SEA and India

This is a special episode of Deep in the SEA, covering the geopolitical, economic and political consequences of COVID-19 over SEA and India. This time, Mirko Giordani interviewed several analysts and professors: Carlyle Thayer, Akshobh Giridharadas, Shaanti Shamdasani, Chester Cabalza, Narut Charoensri and Aakash Brahmachari.

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Geopolitics, politics and economics: the consequences of COVID-19 over SEA and India

Tearing up the Deal: Understanding the consequences of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement

In late January, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States despite some efforts of the Secretaries of Defense and Foreign Affairs to prevent it.  The agreement provides the legal framework for the presence of US troops in the Philippines for military exercises and humanitarian relief operations….

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Tearing up the Deal: Understanding the consequences of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement

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 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