Malaysia’s recent commitment to the Belt and Road initiative might prove to be a trailblazer for other Asean countries to buckle the deal that was moving at a slow pace.
The spate of events in Asean is one of disarray. While each member of Asean country pledges to keep the region away from the intrusion of big powers, instead contestation festers within.
The directive by Prime Minister Hun Sen to district governors to refrain from following him around to hear his speeches and instead focus on their constituents is long overdue and similar to the reduction on the number of public holidays, could not come any sooner.
With China’s continual muscle flexing in the region, another power comes into play, India. New Delhi cannot be any more important to Southeast Asia than it is now.
The US China trade war with President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping as the key players shows the world two men with a lot of self-confidence. Or is it overconfidence?
The rising influence of China in the region is a matter of contention, perhaps a joint effort between US and its allies can reduce the hold
Cambodia’s military alliance with China could inspire Asean member states to align themselves with other major powers, a move that threatens to destabilise the bloc’s centrality unless a pact is put in place
Maybank has come up with more humanised financial packages in 2019 for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) including a special campaign called “Let’s Use Luy Riel” which is a combination of Khmer Riel (KHR) and US Dollars (USD).
With only two years left for China to beat the deadline in its war against extreme poverty, the country stands ready to face the toughest challenges to meet the goal and ensure its victory stands the test of time.
Last Saturday, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan signed the first protocol to amend the comprehensive economic partnership (AJCEP) to expand trade, goods and services, and investments among member states and Japan.