Geopolitics

Malaysia to shelve projects worth US$22 billion

Malaysia will shelve three China-backed projects worth a total of US$22 billion until the debt-laden Southeast Asian nation can afford to pay for them, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Tuesday during a visit to Beijing.

22 August 2018
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US denies role in Equanimity transfer to Malaysia

The United States (US) Justice Department reiterated it wasn’t involved in turning over Low Taek Jho’s US$250 million super yacht to Malaysia from Indonesia as the fugitive financier vowed not to submit to any jurisdiction where his guilt had been prede

19 August 2018
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Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies

Former United Nations (UN) chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan died Saturday at the age of 80, triggering a flood of tributes from around the world for the "diplomatic rock star".

19 August 2018
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US sanctions Myanmar military

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on four commanders and two military units in Myanmar over their involvement in alleged ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population.

18 August 2018
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How national laws propagate statelessness

The biggest state-sponsored mass statelessness in Southeast Asia was triggered in 1982, when Myanmar rolled out its Citizenship Law that outright deprived the Rohingya of citizenship.

17 August 2018
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Indonesia: 73 and stronger

Indonesia celebrates 73 years of independence today as a vibrant and powerful country, thanks in no small part to ASEAN.

17 August 2018
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Duterte slams China over island-building

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has urged China to "temper" its behaviour in the South China Sea in a rare criticism of the Asian superpower over its programme of island-building in disputed waters.

16 August 2018
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Xi Jinping's rise through the ranks

China is the largest trading nation in the world and was the fastest growing economy for 30 years until 2015. Like Rome, China wasn’t built in a day.

15 August 2018
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Why did Jokowi pick cleric Ma’ruf Amin?

After several weeks of speculation, on 9 August, Indonesian President Joko Widodo finally announced 75-year-old Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate in the upcoming presidential elections.

14 August 2018
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Seeking justice for the Rohingya

Cross-legged in a windowless, almost pitch-black bamboo shack, the investigator pressed record on a video camera and asked the young Rohingya woman to describe the night the Myanmar soldiers came.

14 August 2018
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Jokowi’s challenger trails in social media

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s lone challenger in next year’s election, Prabowo Subianto, has a long way to go to catch up with the incumbent’s social media popularity as the candidates seek to seize early campaign momentum.

14 August 2018
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