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50 Years Of ASEAN: ‘A’ Is For Angst

ASEAN is ever beset by existential angst. The ‘A’ in ASEAN stands for Angst as well as Association. Regard this as more description than criticism. The Angst-Association of South East Asian Nations always has lots to worry about. Angst and anxiety are rational responses. The questions are constant: can the association hold together? Can it actually do anything? Will ASEAN be crushed as it’s courted by the bigger beasts of Asia? Celebrating its 50th birthday in August, ASEAN pumps out celebration.

Read Here – The Strategist

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Cambodia, Sri Lanka And The China Debt Trap

The influx of Chinese economic assistance into Sri Lanka and Cambodia has raised questions regarding the intentions behind these massive loans. While China may still be considered a developing economy, its current strategy of providing soft power loans and aid to its regional neighbours is reminiscent of the tributary system that the country employed back in its empire days.

Read Here – East Asia Forum

Asean Opts For New Road Map As Economic Union Targets Missed

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Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations unveiled with fanfare another road map to a common community for the next decade even as the bloc missed targets for economic integration this year.

 

Read Here – Bloomberg

The Ghost of Thucydides: Is War In Asia Inevitable?

ASEAN’s leaders are worried about what history tells them about the future of Southeast Asia. The fears about the lessons of history are a discordant note as ASEAN steps up to a great moment in its history—the creation of an economic, political-security and social Community in December 2015.

Read Here – The National Interest

Chinese Communist Party, Religion And Diplomacy

Religion, once derided as the “opium of the people,” was marginalized in China’s political and social arenas after 1949. During the chaos of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), many houses of worship were turned into animal stables or destroyed, and clergymen were forced to work in the fields. China’s treatment of religious followers has been a constant irritant in its relations with other countries. However, China’s stance toward religion is pivoting as it seeks to increase its influence in the region.

Read Here – Global Times

The Great Eastern Force

If I were to write about a new power rising in the East, one whose population of 633 million is the third largest in the world after China and India, and 100 million more than either the European Union or the whole of North America, you might expect to have heard quite a lot about it, writes Sholto Byrnes

Read Here – The National

Finding Allies

Rather than aligning themselves with China, countries in the Asia-Pacific are turning to the U.S. How then, can China continue its pursuit of regional hegemony without inflaming regional fears? Instead of pursuing assertive actions against regional neighbors, China will need to consider an alternative approach, one that attracts potential allies, instead of repelling them.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The Rise Of The Middle Classes

For months now, protestors have gathered in the capitals of many developing nations—Turkey, Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela, Malaysia, and Cambodia, among others—in demonstrations united by some key features.

Read Here – Businessweek

Damming The Mekong

A new dam proposed by Laos threatens further damage to the troubled Mekong and its inhabitants.

Read Here – The Diplomat

India-ASEAN: Missing Steps

For all the flurry of recent activity in ASEANIndia relations, the status of the relationship remains decidedly mixed.

Read Here – The Diplomat

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