Geopolitics

Is the Quad still relevant?

Southeast Asia has been a significant venue for strategic competition between the United States (US) and China for a long time.

5 December 2018
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Journalist critical of Duterte surrenders

The journalist who leads a news site that has battled Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte turned herself in on Monday to face what she termed a "manufactured" tax fraud case that carries the threat of a decade behind bars.

5 December 2018
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Cambodia to ease grip on opposition and media

Cambodia said Monday that banned opposition members may be allowed back into political life and shuttered media outlets could reopen as the European Union (EU) considers pulling a trade deal the country is loath to lose.

4 December 2018
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Tourism’s influence on Thai politics

A recent news report in Thailand has revealed that Thai netizens do not believe official government statistics regarding the actual number of tourist arrivals to the country.

3 December 2018
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Trump, Xi agree to temporary trade war truce

United State (US) President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to keep their trade war from escalating with a promise to halt the imposition of new tariffs for 90 days as the world’s two largest economies negotiate a lasting agreement.

3 December 2018
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First conviction in Philippine drug war killing

Three Philippine policemen were sentenced on Thursday to decades in prison for murdering a teenager during an anti-narcotic sweep, a first conviction of officers carrying out President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

1 December 2018
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Mobile app to spy on thy neighbour?

Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights recently voiced concerns regarding the launch of a mobile application by the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office, which allows members of the public to report religious beliefs they consider “misguided”.

30 November 2018
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Trump-Xi meeting not just about economics

If it were only about economics, the outcome of the meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping on the side-lines of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Argentina on Saturday would be a lot easier to predict: an immediate easing of trade tensions

30 November 2018
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Prayut’s popularity takes a hit

Whether or not critics have their suspicions about the National Institute of Development Administration’s (NIDA) independence, that does not change the fact that the institute recently came up with surprising results for its latest poll.

28 November 2018
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Ukraine under threat of war with Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday warned of the threat of "full-scale war" and said Russia had sharply increased its military presence on their shared border as tensions escalate between the ex-Soviet neighbours.

28 November 2018
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