• Apr 05, 2021
A massive decrease in Chinese fishing fleet activity throughout 2020 may not provide the full picture, with a recent ramping up of aggression in the South China Sea leaving many once again questioning China’s true motivations in the disputed waters
• Apr 05, 2021
Chinese tech giants like Tencent and TikTok owner ByteDance are expanding in Singapore as they face a crackdown at home and growing pressure in other key markets – but they may struggle to find talent in the city-state
• Mar 17, 2021
As Chinese factories are torched in Myanmar under the newly-imposed martial law, Beijing has been pulled into the crisis. Now facing an unravelling country it had once hoped to include in China's big plans for Asia.
• Mar 16, 2021
Residents of a major protest district in Yangon fled on Tuesday March 16 after security forces escalated the use of lethal force against anti-coup demonstrators, despite international appeals for restraint.
As Thailand's economy has grown increasingly reliant on Chinese tourism and investment in recent decades, so too has public distrust of the Asian giant's influence in the kingdom – a tension that risks spilling over says columnist Professor Mark S. Cogan
By Mark S. Cogan • Feb 22, 2021
February 17 marks 42 years since the Chinese invasion of Vietnam, as Beijing retaliated against Hanoi's toppling of the Khmer Rouge. A short-lived but bloody war, it would prove to be a pivotal moment in perhaps the most consequential year in recent history – 1979
By Hoang Minh Vu • Feb 17, 2021
The South China Sea issue has long proved a sticking point for ASEAN, unable to forge a united front against Chinese claims. Researcher Nguyen Hoang Anh Thu says the political block isn't equipped to ward off Beijing, and Vietnam should instead seek a US alliance
By Nguyen Hoang Anh Thu • Jan 27, 2021
In the first routine operation in the region under new US President Joe Biden, an American aircraft carrier group sailed into the South China Sea as part of a so-called "freedom of navigation" exercise that has irked leaders in Beijing
By Agence France-Presse • Jan 25, 2021
In late December, A Chinese Unmanned Underwater Vehicle was found maneuvering illegally in Indonesian waters. International Law lecturer Aristyo Rizka Darmawan says that Jakarta must send a firm message to Beijing to prevent further intrusions
By Aristyo Rizka Darmawan • Jan 07, 2021
Over the course of this year, separate incidents of alleged forced labour, trafficking, disappearances and killings aboard Chinese fishing vessels around Southeast Asia have led to growing pressure to tackle the rampant human rights abuses being conducted at sea
By Rebekah Baynard-Smith • Dec 29, 2020
Marred by domestic concerns and tension with China, in 2019 India declared that it was withdrawing from the RCEP. Regarded as a crucial counterbalance to Beijing in Southeast Asia, how will this decision impact power dynamics in the region for years to come?
By Jennifer Chance • Dec 21, 2020
Following the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, President Xi Jinping pegged China as the pivot point for global free trade, vowing to keep his "super-sized" economy open and warning against protectionism in a global economy eviscerated by Covid-19
By Agence France-Presse • Nov 19, 2020