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"China’s Stress on Civilization-related Cooperation" by Lye Liang Fook

2019/45, 23 May 2019 Beijing recently hosted its first ever Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisation (CDAC) in May 2019. The CDAC marks the culmination of a proposal made by Chinese President Xi Jinping to convene such a conference at the Boao Forum for Asia in 2015. China’s state media…
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“Uncle Tu’s Full House: The New Thai Senate under Military-Dominated Government” by Punchada Sirivunnabood

2019/44, 21 May 2019 The May 14th announcement in the Royal Gazette that King Vajiralongkorn had endorsed the 250 newly selected members of the upper chamber of Thailand’s parliament seems to ensure that the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party will form the next government. This wholly appointed Senate consists of many…
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“Singapore is Currently the Biggest Foreign Investor in Myanmar” by Su-Ann Oh

2019/43, 16 May 2019 In the past five years Singapore has overtaken China as the top investor in Myanmar for each fiscal year. At present, the total amount of investment by firms based in Singapore is USD20840.400m, just a little more than the total of USD20500.073m invested by China’s companies,…
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“Game of Power: When Mathematics Matters in Thai Elections” by Punchada Sirivunnabood

2019/42, 10 May 2019 On May 8, Thailand’s constitutional court ruled that the contentious stipulation in the organic law on parliamentary elections concerning the formula for allocating party-list seats did not violate the country’s 2017 charter. This decision means that a total of 27 parties, a new record in Thai…
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“Phalang Pracharat’s Prayut Bandwagon is Gaining Momentum” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/41, 9 May 2019The Phalang Pracharat Party’s bandwagon to reinstall 2014 coup leader and incumbent Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha as Thailand’s premier is gaining momentum. On 7 May, 15 ministers in the Prayut Cabinet resigned in an apparent preparation for their appointment to the Senate. Similarly, about 60 members…
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"What does Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo’s Release Mean for Myanmar?" by Moe Thuzar

2019/40, 8 May 2019 Recent developments in Myanmar continue to attract international attention. The latest is the release of two Reuters journalists – Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo – who had been arrested in December 2017 and sentenced to seven years in prison under the 1923 Official Secrets Act.…
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"Philippines-China Déjà Vu" by Malcolm Cook

2019/39, 3 May 2019 Current Philippine-China relations have a strong sense of deja vu. The trajectory of Philippine-China relations to the mid-point of the Duterte administration is similar to that from 2000 to the 2007 mid-term elections under the Macapagal Arroyo administration. If the trajectory of Philippine-China relations in the…
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"Why does Vietnam Shy Away from Huawei’s 5G Technologies?" by Le Hong Hiep

2019/38, 2 May 2019 On 25 April 2019, Viettel – Vietnam’s largest mobile carrier – announced that it had successfully completed the trial of a fifth-generation (5G) broadcast station in Hanoi with the speed of 600 – 700Mbps, reportedly on par with the speed of Verizon’s 5G network in the…
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“Change Awaits Vietnam’s Leadership” by Ha Hoang Hop and Lye Liang Fook

2019/37, 29 April 2019 Vietnam’s Secretary General and President Nguyen Phu Trong did not meet visiting US Senator Patrick Leahy in Hanoi in April 2019 (which he had met on previous occasions) and skipped his participation at the 2019 Belt and Road Forum in Beijing (instead Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan…
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"The Final Presidential Debate: Will Jokowi Win the Economic Referendum?" by Siwage Dharma Negara

2019/36, 15 April 2019On Saturday, 13 April 2019, the Indonesian presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, engaged in a final televised debate on the themes of economics and social welfare, finance and investment, and trade and industry. Arguably, this debate demonstrated a more substantive…
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