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- Malaysia and Huawei open Southeast Asia’s first cybersecurity center to support 5G growth
Malaysia has announced a partnership with Huawei as part of a push to become a regional leader in cybersecurity and increase the technical skills of its workers. Malaysia’s government appears unconcerned about Huawei’s reputational issues and the news comes amid ongoing cybersecurity controversies in Myanmar and Cambodia.
The post Malaysia and Huawei open Southeast Asia’s first cybersecurity center to support 5G growth first appeared on ASEAN Today.25 February 2021Cambodiahttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45655
- Does UMNO have a future in Malaysian politics?
Malaysia’s largest political party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), has faced difficulties over the past few years but the party still has a future in Malaysia’s elections. Any attempts by other parties to ban or deregister UMNO are likely to further increase the party’s popularity.24 February 2021Malaysiahttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45650
- Water levels on the Mekong River are declining sharply: Who is to blame?
The Mekong’s normal flow can be restored if large volumes of water are consistently and reliably released from Chinese dam reservoirs. However, China’s water policy shows Beijing is unlikely to change its behavior and the worst for the Mekong is yet to come.
The post Water levels on the Mekong River are declining sharply: Who is to blame? first appeared on ASEAN Today.23 February 2021Cambodiahttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45636
- Southeast Asia needs strong cryptocurrency laws to address fraud, terror financing
Southeast Asian governments remain divided about how to regulate cryptocurrencies even as the popularity of digital assets surges. Regulators need to take concrete steps as cryptocurrencies increase the threat of online financial fraud and have been used to fund terrorism.
The post Southeast Asia needs strong cryptocurrency laws to address fraud, terror financing first appeared on ASEAN Today.22 February 2021Aseanhttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45630
- As China-Laos railway nears completion, infrastructure poised to transform Lao economy
The China-Laos railway, slated for completion by December, may bring the most dramatic shifts of any current infrastructure project in Southeast Asia as it transforms communities along its route and changes the dynamics of Laos’ economy. Offering an alternative to Laos’ reliance on hydropower dams for economic development, it could also become increasingly significant for China.
The post As China-Laos railway nears completion, infrastructure poised to transform Lao economy first appeared on ASEAN Today.21 February 2021Chinahttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45624
- Investors and governments owe it to Myanmar’s resistance to cut ties to military firms
The Myanmar military’s political power is tied in part to its web of private enterprises across the energy, mining, banking, telecom and other industries. These military-owned companies have hindered development and are the clearest target for foreign governments and companies as they move to support Myanmar’s growing resistance.
The post Investors and governments owe it to Myanmar’s resistance to cut ties to military firms first appeared on ASEAN Today.18 February 2021Businesshttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45617
- Cambodia expands monitoring of social media to private messaging apps, citing fake news
Cambodia has expanded government monitoring of social media to include apps like TikTok, WhatsApp and Telegram in a bid to target fake news. Though intended in part to combat misinformation about COVID-19, the announcement has raised concerns about a new wave of censorship of independent media and political opposition in the country.
The post Cambodia expands monitoring of social media to private messaging apps, citing fake news first appeared on ASEAN Today.17 February 2021Cambodiahttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45611
- Asia’s booming drug trade shifts as syndicates, Golden Triangle labs grow more advanced
Asia’s drug syndicates are becoming increasingly sophisticated as the region’s narcotic trade continues to expand despite the pandemic, major arrests and record drug seizures.
The post Asia’s booming drug trade shifts as syndicates, Golden Triangle labs grow more advanced first appeared on ASEAN Today.16 February 2021Laoshttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45607