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China Scores A Victory At ASEAN Over South China Sea Ruling

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.25.2016 | World

VIENTIANE, July 25 (Reuters) - China scored a diplomatic victory on Monday as Southeast Asian nations dropped a U.S.-backed proposal to mention a land...

Vietnam Careful, Not Jubilant After South China Sea Ruling Against China

Helen Clark | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
Helen Clark

PERTH, Australia -- Vietnam's reaction to the South China Sea ruling is surprisingly muted for a country that has so much at stake.

China and The Philippines' Dual South China Sea Challenge

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

The ruling raises a host of questions - for China, for the Philippines (which brought the action against China to the PCA), and for the other nations bordering the South China Sea, which also have ongoing disputes with Beijing on the same subject.

China Is Not Trying to 'Rule the Waves'

Liu Xiaoming | Posted 06.23.2016 | World
Liu Xiaoming

LONDON - As the South China Sea is a primary international shipping route, China will never impede lawful and legitimate freedom of navigation.

Washington's Pivot to Southeast Asia Needs Economic Ties

Jack Myint | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Jack Myint

To sustain its efforts to counter China's growing influence in Asia, Washington must deepen its economic ties with Southeast Asia. Since 2011, President Obama has stated he intends to pivot American foreign policy towards Asia, the goal of which is essentially to "contain" China.

Asia Needs a New Foreign Policy Doctrine in the Age of Trump

Chandran Nair | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Chandran Nair

HONG KONG -- Trump capitalizes on a dangerous combination of isolationism and hawkishness. Against this background, Asian countries should work to remake geopolitics so it is no longer stuck in the post-war narrative where America's overwhelming military supremacy is viewed as the only way to solve the world's problems. ASEAN has long disapproved of intervention, instead supporting economic engagement and investment. And the Singaporean "problem-solving" approach is more likely to be accepted by countries than the lecturing, sanctions and military threats that often accompany Western diplomacy.

These Maps Show How Vast New Infrastructure Is Bringing the World Together

Parag Khanna | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
Parag Khanna

SINGAPORE -- It turns out that what most defines the emerging world is not fragmentation of countries but integration within regions. Major world regions are forging dense infrastructural connectivity and reorienting their relations around supply chains rather than borders. The same world that appears to be falling apart is actually coming together in much more concrete ways than today's political maps suggest.

From Kitsch to Craft to Economic Growth

Eisenhower Fellowships | Posted 03.21.2016 | Impact
Eisenhower Fellowships

In 2011, when I met weavers in the villages of Cambodia who could no longer make a living, and mothers whose children were "adopted" by traffickers posing as good Samaritans, I began to think about how local people in rural communities could potentially expand their opportunities.

How the World Looks From the Russian Perspective

Sergey Karaganov | Posted 02.15.2016 | World
Sergey Karaganov

MOSCOW -- The era that began with the end of the Second World War is now over. That period was characterized by a relatively orderly and stable system of confrontation. In fact, the end of the Cold War did not mean the emergence of a new order. There was a hope that the main centers of power would establish relations based largely on cooperation. Instead, an attempt was made to build a unipolar world, which predictably failed. To all appearances, the world is now being swept by a wave of turbulence and fierce competition, if not a struggle of all against all.

The United States Should Peacefully Let China Rise

Ivan Eland | Posted 02.14.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

Overall, China is by no means militarily superior to the United States and will not be for a long time. However, the United States has invested in vulnerable aircraft carrier battle groups for global power projection, which waste many naval resources defending themselves from possible attacks from the air, sea, and undersea at the expense of projecting offensive power.

At ASEAN Summit, Malaysia's PM Is Foremost Among Crowd of Repressive Dictators

Jared Genser | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Jared Genser

When Obama meets Najib Razak at the ASEAN summit in California, it is time for a new direction in the U.S.-Malaysia relationship. Human rights should return to the fore. Obama must publicly demand the release of prisoners charged with politically motivated crimes. For him to remain silent is tantamount to giving Najib a license to act with impunity.

With Malaysia at the Helm, Southeast Asia's Economic Community Takes Off

Rachael Willis | Posted 12.08.2015 | World
Rachael Willis

Kuala Lumpur as seen on Flickr via gulfu Under the watchful eye of Malaysia's Prime Minister, Najib Razak, an agreement was finally signed on Novembe...

How to Clear Away the Haze Suffocating Southeast Asia

Chandran Nair | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Chandran Nair

KUALA LUMPUR -- It is right to criticize Indonesia for the forest fires that cast a suffocating haze across Southeast Asia this summer and fall. But this is a regional problem. Indonesia can't do it alone. ASEAN and the world must step forward and take action, before Southeast Asia is lost in the haze forever.

In Laos, An Invisible Minority Is Finding Its Voice

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.19.2015 | World

This is the ninth part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the region and...

The Time Is Now for ASEAN to Push Toward Environmental Crime Accountability

Rachael Willis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Rachael Willis

What really happened in Tianjin is the result of a creeping environmental disaster unfolding across the globe, particularly in Southeast Asia, and it reflects the magnitude of the challenge that the leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations face.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China's Trojan Horse?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.02.2016 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Clearly, the Philippines continues to see the AIIB as some kind of Chinese Trojan horse to buy the loyalty of neighbors and some measure of territorial acquiescence in exchange for economic carrots. Manila is also not comfortable with China having huge presence in its strategic, infrastructure sectors.

The U.S. Should Defend Global Commons, Not Naval Supremacy, in Asia

Yanmei Xie | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Yanmei Xie

BEIJING -- Washington needs to state and re-state that what it is determined to defend is the global commons, not its naval supremacy in the South China Sea. The former wins high ground in the court of international opinion. The latter may generate headlines for the grandstand wanting to see U.S.-Chinese rivalry, but it will likely result in a limited alliance and set the region down a zero-sum track.

International Meeting On Asia's Migrants Looks Unlikely To Solve The Crisis

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2016 | World

(Adds U.S. request to use Thai airspace, paragraphs 9-10) By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Simon Webb BANGKOK, May 28 (Reuters...

China's Territorial Claim at Risk in the South China Sea

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Edsel Tupaz

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague has announced that in July it will be holding the first hearing on the 2013 arbitration case the Philippines filed against China questioning the legal validity of China's '9-dash line' claim over the South China Sea.

Think Asia, Think Hong Kong - How Hong Kong Can Be A Springboard For Asia

April Rudin | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
April Rudin

Hong Kong may be small, but it has big ambitions to serve as a gateway to Asia, home to some of the most vibrant economies in the globe. Fortunately, Hong Kong also holds great potential: low tax rates, world-class airports, seaports, and a remarkably open business environment.

The Rule of Law Is China's Challenge in the South China Sea

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The PRC has become masterful at playing the international system against itself, whether on issues related to maritime law or development finance, as has been skillfully demonstrated with the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Prime Minister Abe's Visit Aimed at Stronger U.S.-Japan Ties

Robert J. Natter | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Natter

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan arrives in Washington, D.C. this month at a time of historic change for his country. He will become the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint session of Congress.

Financial Inclusion: Stepping-Stone to Prosperity

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Financial inclusion helps lift people out of poverty and can help speed economic development. It can draw more women into the mainstream of economic activity, harnessing their contributions to society. And it will help governments provide more efficient delivery of services to their people by streamlining transfers and cutting administrative costs.

Asia Is on the Brink of a Golden Era. Here's Why.

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Kishore Mahbubani

Asia has been infected by a silent, healthy virus of modernization. There is a remarkably wide and deep consensus among regional leaders that they should focus on modernization and pragmatic development. Because it is silent, the Western media has not noticed and continues to predict doom.

The Ethnic Apartheid in Myanmar

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

When it comes to the way that the ethnic Burman majority treats the 135 different ethnic minorities that make up roughly 40 percent of Myanmar's population, "backsliding" is not the right word -- because that would presume that progress has been made in the first place.