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A protester burns a Chinese flag outside the Chinese consulate in suburban Makati, south of Manila, Philippines Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The Philippines and China are in a standoff over Scarborough Shoal which began early April after the Philippine navy accused Chinese boats of illegally fishing in the area. The Philippines says the shoal lies within its exclusive economic zone.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

20 May Reacting to China – and its grand plan

We now know the reactions in Vietnam to China’s move to begin drilling for oil in the South China Sea that both sides claim. More than 20,000 Vietnamese workers spilled out of control, attacking factories thought to be Chinese-owned, including those at two Singapore-run industrial...

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16 May Myanmar debuts as ASEAN Chairman

Last weekend, Myanmar finally made its debut as ASEAN Chairman, hosting the 24th ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw. In the lead-up to the Summit, the escalation of the tension in the South China Sea put a challenge to Myanmar’s Chairmanship and ASEAN unity. Testing ASEAN Unity under...

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14 May ASEAN must learn from the Fukushima disaster

On the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the tragic events of March 11, 2011, continue to cast a shadow over Japan’s environment and politics. Despite efforts by the authorities in the past few years, reports of contamination from the crippled plant continue to...

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13 May Asean leaders ride out the South China Sea storms

When leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered this week in Myanmar, the weather forecast was for high temperatures combined with a chance of storms. The political atmosphere proved similar, with lightning-rod issues converging on the regional group's first summit of the year. South...

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05 May What ASEAN can learn from Fukushima

Three years after 11 March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster continues to affect both the environment and Japan’s politics. In February, a new radioactive water leak was spotted at the site, just the latest report of contamination from the crippled plant. Last month, Tokyo also...

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24 Apr What’s to Come: Cooperation, or Militarisation?

The Philippines, having taken China to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in an attempt to resolve the South China Sea dispute, has put the global spotlight on an issue that has been churning the seas for many years. While China has refused to be subject to...

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10 Apr Myanmar’s financial opening: No shock therapy please

Myanmar, as ASEAN Chair, has done well to ensure that achieving the AEC 2015 goal has remained a top priority on the region’s agenda. At the 18th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on Saturday, Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to realising the goals...

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06 Feb Asian Fortunes: China and ASEAN in the Year of the Horse

What lies ahead for Asia in the Year of the Horse? The Singapore Institute of International Affairs asked our members and fellows what issues they will be keeping a close eye on in the coming months. Mr. Manu Bhaskaran, SIIA Council Member and Director of Centennial...

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29 Jan A promising start to Myanmar’s ASEAN challenge

Myanmar’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has begun with promise and even aplomb. The first meeting of foreign ministers held in Bagan this month was a closed-door retreat, expected to be informal and low-key. Yet, a short but significant statement was issued...

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