Taiwan declared it will continue its “humanitarian” search and rescue work in South China Sea, where it possesses the largest of some 500 islets.
Financial markets across many developing nations are struggling to attract capital amid the ongoing trade stand-off between China and the US.
Beijing has urged Washington “not to go too far” in harming China’s interests, and called for it to change course to avoid further damaging bilateral ties.
It’s ironic that the trade talks fell apart near the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement. Named after student protests on that day in 1919, the term signifies a wider campaign to change Chinese society.
Asean appears to be at the crossroads in terms of their collective energy future amid continued economic growth. The region faces a 50 percent rise in energy demand, which brings challenges in supplying affordable and sustainable energy.
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?