If international sanctions on North Korea are not removed, economic ties between Cambodia and North Korea will remain miniscule, which in turn affects the overall bilateral relationship.
India and China are projecting their latest soft-power diplomacy as an enduring, not exploratory, exercise. Though challenges remain, this certainly augurs well for bilateral ties between two Asian superpowers.
As Sam Rainsy vacillates between returning or not returning to Cambodia, one thing is certain – his integrity and reputation as head of the now-dissolved leading opposition party seem to be in tatters.
There are rifts within the Duterte administration on how Manila should handle its dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea. At the same time, writes Ian Story, China continues to object to US freedom of navigation operations in the maritime area.
A suicide bomb blast hit Indian security forces in the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, on February 14, killing 44 and injuring dozens. The international community, including China, strongly condemned the deadly terror attack.
Russia’s North Korea policy lacks drive and energy, indicating that Moscow’s top priorities are elsewhere. Why is it so when Moscow did host the first ever Russia–China–North Korea trilateral at the vice foreign minister level in October 2018?
Diverse perspectives on the idea of ‘Indo-Pacific’ are resulting in a lack of clarity on this concept. As a framework, the Indo-Pacific seeks to create a connected multipolar Asia that must be governed by commonly agreed international norms, rules and practices.
Recent news on the EU’s stepped-up process to withdraw the Everything But Arms (EBA) tariff-free access to European markets for Cambodian exports has drawn comments from both ends of the spectrum.
The thorn in the junta’s side, Thaksin Shinawatra, nominated Princess Ubolratana as a prime ministerial candidate in the March 24 election.
The decision by the National Committee on Hazardous Substances not to ban paraquat over the next two years is shameful and shows a lack of responsibility.
Sam Rainsy ideologically belongs to the conservative right. In the US, he quickly benefited in the nineties from the support of Heritage Foundation and the International Republican Institute. In Europe, the CNRP has joined the Liberal International funded by the Friedrich Neuman Stiftung.
In a play to his base, President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to fund his promised border wall after Congress declined to provide money for the barrier.
As global stakeholders, the EU and Asean have the responsibility to advance the international rules-based order and preserve their ‘global commons’.
If the US fails to adequately signal its security commitment to South Korea and links its excessive financial demands to the possibility of a US Forces Korea withdrawal, Seoul may question Washington on the durability of their alliance, argues Se Young Jang.
If Seoul–Tokyo relations deteriorate further, it may provide an excuse for Washington to meddle more in the Korean peninsula issue and give it a reason to step up military presence.
Princess Ubolratana’s brief stint in politics is now safely in the past. The Election Commission (EC) on Monday disqualified her prime ministerial candidacy, nominated by the Thai Raksa Chart (TRC) Party, following a royal message issued by His Majesty the King on Friday night.
The worry is that the US Fifth Fleet will one day sail for home from the Persian Gulf, leaving China to step into US shoes.
Where has the “center” gone? It is shifting, according to Ms Gage. Meanwhile, those who are firmly camped on the right (more often than not) persist in preaching about pragmatism, compromise and limits.
The short-lived entry of Princess Ubolratana is over, but the fallout should be careful but extensive.
Although it should not be exaggerated, a persistent British naval presence in Southeast Asia should be expected now that commitments to Iraq and Afghanistan have reduced, argues Geoffrey Till.
Sim Vireak compares the current tide of populism in Europe and past populist trend in Japan.
The prospect of a bigger Chinese footprint in the Indian Ocean is prompting Japan and the United States to expand their own maritime operations.
If they are managed effectively, minilaterals can well complement the Asean community building process.
Laos is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. On average the country’s economy has grown by 7.5 per cent per year and trade by 17 per cent per year since 2000, reflecting the importance of trade as a key driver of its growth.
China will hold a new round of high-level economic and trade consultations with a US government delegation in Beijing on February 14 and 15.
In the current flurry of summitry involving North Korea, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s generally hardline approach makes Japan the odd man out.
Donald Trump threw a meaty hypothetical on the table in the midst of his big set-piece speech to the US congress on the State of the Union.
‘Shopping diplomacy’, arms purchases, and good military cooperation with the US and EU could help thwart Western criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record.
Health has always been a major public issue for Southeast Asian countries, but only in recent years has it become a priority for policy-makers.
The US is still deeply divided, and it’s becoming more difficult to bridge the differences the two parties faced over the past two years.