March 31, 2011
G-20 in Nanjing discusses yuan
Although commentators say the world is now in the “G-Zero”
phase, a power vacuum where no world coalition holds sway, the G-20 has
started its meeting on Chinese soil in Nanjing.
March 30, 2011
China and Asean
Part of the Asean story is the impact that China is now having on the region.
March 29, 2011
Thailand’s silent majority
Thailand is no stranger to political activism.
March 28, 2011
Final meeting on controversial Lao dam is April 21
The results of last weekend’s meeting of the Mekong River
Commission (MRC) on the Xayaburi dam are that the representatives of
Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam will make a final decision on the
project on April 21 in Ventiane.
March 27, 2011
These were the most significant stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of March 19-25
March 25, 2011
All eyes on Mekong meeting in Cambodia
Representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
are in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, today to discuss Laos’ Xayaburi
hydropower dam proposal, the first of 12 proposed dams for the lower
Mekong River, with a decision slated for April 22.
March 24, 2011
Common sense energy policy reaches Asean
Six Asean countries have agreed to coordinate their energy
demand management, the result of Japan's nuclear crisis and the
anticipated difficulties in building new power plants.
March 23, 2011
Thai general election shaping up
As three election bills head toward debate in the Thai
parliament this week, the next Thai election is shaping up to be held in
March 22, 2011
Single visa system for Asean?
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)is
planning to adopt a single visa system enabling tourists to visit any of
the group’s 10 member states on a single travel document.
March 21, 2011
Asean reacts to Japanese crisis
Over the weekend and into the start of this week, reactions
to the crisis in Japan are starting to surface from member states of
the Asean community.
March 20, 2011
These were the most important news stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of March 12-18.
March 18, 2011
Cambodia on a learning curve
A report today that Cambodian opposition party leader Sam
Rainsy has been “defrocked” of his status as a member of parliament in
Cambodia is just another indication of how far Cambodia needs to travel
to develop a functional democracy.
March 17, 2011
Radiation anxiety in Asia-Pacific
With the ongoing nuclear disaster continuing in
northeastern Japan, 250 kilometers from Tokyo, there is ongoing concern
about nuclear radiation in the Asia-Pacific, especially if the disaster
March 16, 2011
Asean reaches out to Japan
Japan has the third-largest economy in the world but during
this crisis time, Asean countries are sending their support to the
March 15, 2011
How will Japan’s disaster affect Asian economies?
Although the three-part disaster in Japan: earthquake,
tsunami and nuclear reactor explosions, is still unfolding , the
consensus of domestic and international economists is that the economic
impact on other Asian economies will be limited.
March 14, 2011
Japan’s nuclear crisis may delay nuclear power rush
Faced with scenes of exploding nuclear power plants in
Japan, many Asean nations may have to take another look at their plans
to push ahead with nuclear power.
March 13, 2011
These were the most important stories published ny Asean Affairs during the week of March 5-March 11.
March 11, 2011
Aquino on corruption
It’s no secret that corruption in government is a worldwide issue.
March 10, 2011
Asian currency regime plan for Asia?
A former Thai finance minister and former central bank
governor, M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakul, said this week that an an Asian
currency unit should be used as the benchmark currency for countries in
the region if they want to efficiently cope with currency exchange
March 9, 2011
Malaysia tries rare earth-again
A story receiving international attention is the building
of a rare earth refinery in Kuantan , Malaysia, with the Australian
mining giant Lynas.
March 7, 2011
Economic pressures raise political tensions
Across the wide swath of geography that constitutes Asean
from the Philippines to Vietnam, rising inflation and pressure from
commodity foodstuffs and auto fuel prices are taxing the governments.
March 6, 2011
These were the most significant news stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of February 26-March 4.
March 4, 2011
Discussions may end southern Thai impasse
There may be a glimmer of hope in resolving the
long-running Thai Muslim insurgency in the south of the country,
according to a news story in The Straits Times newspaper.
March 3, 2011
Merry-go-round on the Mekong
Investors in proposed Mekong River dams need to absorb the
lessons of the Mun River dam, a notable economic failure as well as the
cause of massive environmental and social disruption, the environmental
group, WWF suggested today.
March 2, 2011
Asean’s new “white gold”
Although one sees many traditional gold shops in almost
every major Asian city, the lustre of that precious metal has a new
competitor-rubber- or the new “white gold” of Asean.
March 1, 2011
Internet, mobile phones change the world
This week in Beijing China’s parliament opens its weeklong session.