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September 30, 2011
Chinese trains for Asean?
Several Asean countries, especially those on continental Asia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand are looking at the development of high-speed rail systems produced by China, with high investment by the Chinese government.

September 29, 2011
Rice breeding profits Asean farmers
Southeast Asian rice farmers are harvesting an extra US$1.46 billion worth of rice a year as a result of rice breeding by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), according to a new Australian report.

September 28, 2011
Some movement in troubled southern Thailand
In Asean there are three countries with separatist “hot spots”- the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.

September 27, 2011
Thai rice plan escalating into diplomatic row
The plan of the new Thai government to raise the price of rice paid to its farmers is now causing trouble beyond its borders and could result in a diplomatic row with Asean partner, Indonesia.

September 26, 2011
Asean commodity prices cause global waves
If one asked the proverbial “man on the street” a few questions about the Asean community, such as “Where is it?” or “What are the member states of the Asean?”- you would be lucky to get correct answers, even in Asean countries.

September 25, 2011
These were the most newsworthy stories published on Asean Affairs during the week of September 17-23.

September 22, 2011
Rice subsidy plan may cause havoc
One of the crowd-pleasing programs that carried the Pheu Thai party into power on July 3 was a rice mortgage program that will buy rice from farmers at the high prices of 15,000 baht (US$500) per ton for white rice and 25,000 baht ($833) per ton for fragrant rice.

September 21, 2011
Is your city on the earthquake list?
Following a recent visit to Bangkok by H. Kit Miyamoto of Miyamoto International, internationally recognized for making buildings more resistant to earthquakes, there has been an upsurge in interest in Bangkok’s susceptibility to earthquakes.

September 20, 2011
Piracy in Asean waters
Although intellectual piracy frequently gets a lot of media attention, the traditional piracy on the high seas is also currently in vogue and one of the prime waterways historically for this is the Straits of Malacca.

September 19, 2011
Japan’s woes spark Asean move
As projected small and medium-sized Japanese manufacturers are showing increased interest in relocating to Southeast Asia following the March 11 disaster

September 18, 2011
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of September 10-September 16.

September 16, 2011
Child mortality drops in East Asia-Pacific
The latest global child mortality estimates were released by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) show great progress in reducing the number of children in Asia and the Pacific who die before their fifth birthday.

September 15, 2011
Xayaburi dam could increase earthquakes
Today’s News Update on the AseanAffairs web site is filled with environmental disasters: a food shortage in Indonesia, haze in Singapore and floods threatening Bangkok.

September 14, 2011
Myanmar’s Myitsone Dam Project to continue
According to an article in the Irrawaddy Newsletter, Myanmar’s Minister of Electric Power-1, Mr. Zaw Min, has said the government will continue construction of the Myitsone Dam on the Irrawaddy River despite heavy criticism and environmental and social concerns.

September 13, 2011
Enter the Cambodians
It is time American senior officials got to know their way around Phnom Penh.

September 12, 2011
9/11 and Asian Muslims
When former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad reiterated on his blog on Thursday his belief that Arab Muslims are incapable of carrying out the 9/11 attacks, it is true that many in Asia hold that view.

September 11, 2011
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of September 3-September 6.

September 9, 2011
Human rights still an issue in Asean
Asean Affairs gives extensive coverage to the Asean community with much of the news focusing on economic developments in the region.

September 8, 2011
Singapore faces challenges of other economies
A landmark study on future population growth and change for Singapore published on Wednesday by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) reveals that Asean’s most advanced economy is facing a similar dilemma as other larger economies, including China.

September 7, 2011
Singapore’s financial role draws warning
Featuring a dynamic stock exchange, a progressive economy and strong financial institutions, Singapore is was ranked as the world’s top economy last year and a very easy place to do business, perhaps too easy.

September 6, 2011
Increasing investment in Asia
Asian policymakers should focus on raising investment in the region to create higher long-term growth, said Singapore Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

September 5, 2011
Asean looks ahead positively
The main reason the Asean community came into existence was economic and based on discussions and projections emanating from the recent 43rd Asean Economic Ministers meeting economic prospects appear good.

September 4, 2011
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of August 27-September 2.

September 2, 2011
Thai government becoming a family affair
During last week’s parliamentary debate on the new Thai government’s proposed policies, MP Chuvit Kamolvisit exposed an illegal casino operated by the Royal Thai Police in the heart of Bangkok. Gambling is illegal in Thailand.

September 1, 2011
China and Vietnam call for binding sea agreement
The news from the visit of Philippine President Benigno Aquino to China is that despite the differences that China and the Philippines have over the South China Sea, economic cooperation between the two countries should continue and increase.

Asean Analysis 2011 


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