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June  30, 2011
Malaysian rare earth plant said to be safe
There is good news for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as the plans to develop a rare earth refinery in the country have passed the muster of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).More

June  29, 2011
Thai election has implications for Asean
The upcoming Thai election is July 3. The Pheu Thai party with Yingluck Shinawatra, the youngest sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is ahead in the polls over the Democrat Party. More

June  28, 2011
Philippines-US naval exercises come at tense time
The Philippines and the United States launched naval exercises today as the longtime allies shore up defense ties.More

June  27, 2011
Bangkok polls get off to a flying start
The general election in Thailand got off to a resounding start in Thailand as the first wave of advance voting went smoothly in Bangkok.More

June  26, 2011
These were the most important news stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of June 18-24.More

June  24, 2011
South China Sea dispute heats up
Asean Affairs does not know if the ocean level is rising in the South China Sea but the political tensions surely are.More

June  23, 2011
Ironically, the South China Sea physically connects a majority of the nations in East Asia and at the same time divides them. More

June  22, 2011
Thailand after the election
The focus of business media is now turning to Thailand after the general election, even though the election, itself, is still 10 days away and the battle is getting hotter by the day.More

June  21, 2011
Thailand’s “fake goods” lead straight to the top
Thailand has long been a marketplace where locals and tourists alike can buy fake goods, knock-offs that carry a brand name but are not Chanel, Gucci or Coach bags, they are usually made in China, not in France. More

June  20, 2011
Myanmar produces refugees
In addition to producing uneasiness in the Asean community, Myanmar has gained another ignoble distinction. More

June  19, 2011
These were the most important stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of June 11-June 17.More

June  17, 2011
Domestic workers get protection
In view of recent news, such as the Dominique Strauss-Kahn chambermaid incident in New York City, it is refreshing that domestic workers are getting at least some legal protection. More

June  16, 2011
Will Thailand have a leadership debate?
Tomorrow, June 17, is the deadline for Yingluck Shinawatra, the Pheu Thai party’s prime ministerial candidate , to respond to an invitation from the People's Network for Elections in Thailand (Pnet) to participate in election debates.More

June  15, 2011
Asean bourses
Four Asean stock exchanges - Bursa Malaysia (BMB)More

June  14, 2011
Sea dispute creating ripples
The South China Sea dispute that involves China, Philippines More

June  13, 2011
Myanmar again disgraces Asean
Late Sunday the New York Times reported that last month the US Navy turned back a North Korean ship suspected of carrying missile technology to Myanmar. More

June  12, 2011
These were the most important stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of June 4-June 10.More

June  10, 2011
AEC’s arrival already impacting members
Although the arrival of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is 3.5 years distant, the impact of its arrival is clearly shown in two recent stories out of Thailand.More

June  9, 2011
The road to the AEC has some bumps
Any change in behavior especially when it requires tangible action is difficult and the road to the start of the Asean Economic Community is going to encounter some bumps.More

June  8, 2011
Oil and food hit global economy
The World Bank has lowered its projection of global growth in 2011 to 3.2 percent , a tenth of a point below its January estimate. More

June  7, 2011
Philippines finds success in outsourcing
The Philippines is the third largest player in the global business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, accounting for 15 percent of the worldwide market, after India with 37 percent and Canada, 27 percent.More

June  6, 2011
Will labor shortages hinder the AEC?
Two of Asean’s most dynamic economies, Vietnam and Thailand, have recently indicated that they need more labor. More

June  5, 2011
These were the most significant news stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of May 28-June 3. More

June  3, 2011
McCain reaches out to Myanmar
n another sign of US involvement with Asean and its member states, US Senator John McCain this week visited Myanmar and met with leaders of the new government and opposition leaderDaw Aung San Suu Kyi More

June  2, 2011
Economic headlines are gloomy
Today’s economic headlines are especially gloomy. Here are a few examples:More

June  1, 2011
Does China’s drought relate to the Mekong?
Readers of this column as well as other Asean news sources should be aware of the ongoing issue of damming the Mekong River in Laos at Xayaburi. More

Asean Analysis 2011 


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