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Violence Against Viet Protesters Extends to the Streets

Despite warnings that the country’s stance on civil rights could harm its international standing in connection with a major trade pact, Vietnam’s security forces continue to attack dissidents, staging 31 phys...
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Fact, Fiction and the South China Sea

In just a few weeks, international judges will begin to consider the legality of China’s “U-shaped line” claim in the South China Sea. The venue will be the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and the...
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China Dissolves Part of Another ‘Unequal Treaty’

Further evidence is emerging of the opportunistic nature of Chinese relations with Russia despite the recent ostentatiously friendly visit to Moscow of President Xi Jinping. That evidence belies the recent surg...
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The Rohingya: Where They Came From

The crisis that has enveloped Myanmar’s luckless Rohingya has been years in the making. They are hardly interlopers, with some of them having settled in Arakan Province, also known as Rakhine, on Myanmar’s west...
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BOOM! Indonesia Blows Up 41 Foreign Fishing Boats

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s order to blow up 41 illegal foreign fishing vessels this week pretty much redraws the country’s boundaries as far as illegal fishing is concerned, and serves notice to the reg...
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China Ignores an Important SEA Conference

One of the most important conferences in Southeast Asia -- the Shangri-La Dialogue -- will take place at the end of May in Singapore without what should be its most important participant – China. Representative...
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Southeast Asia Braces for El Niño Drought, Crop Losses

Filipino officials have implemented a program to provide a kilo of rice to rice farmers’ families for every 10 rat tails turned in to the government, an attempt to both minimize crop losses and provide food a...
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Thailand Coup Turns 1, Brass Stay Put

Thailand will mark a bleak anniversary on Friday, May 22, the date in 2014 that Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha brought down a democratically elected government for good. In the intervening year, the military has tigh...
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Former PM Mahathir in the Hunt for Najib’s Head

The resignation by Malaysia’s parliamentary speaker Amin Mulia, followed almost immediately by its withdrawal, is nonetheless an indication that unprecedented pressure is growing on Prime Minister Najib Tun R...