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- Cambodia’s oil dreams offer development, independence but risk corruption
After years of delay, Cambodia began extracting oil for the first time in December 2020, signaling a new era for the country's economy.
The post Cambodia’s oil dreams offer development, independence but risk corruption first appeared on ASEAN Today.18 January 2021Cambodiahttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45467
- Myanmar’s Dawei SEZ at a standstill again as government drops notorious Thai developer
Myanmar has dismissed the developer for what would be Southeast Asia’s largest economic zone, throwing Dawei SEZ into question yet again. Though the grandiose plan is backed by Thailand, Japan and China, its continued financial struggles reveal a project plagued by instability and mismanagement.
The post Myanmar’s Dawei SEZ at a standstill again as government drops notorious Thai developer first appeared on ASEAN Today.17 January 2021Businesshttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45472
- Malaysia missed its Vision 2020 goal of industrialization: What went wrong?
Thirty years on, Malaysia’s Vision 2020 still remains a pipe dream. To meet its goal of becoming an industrialized nation, the country needs to review its policies and strategies to align them with the country’s prevailing economic and social conditions.
The post Malaysia missed its Vision 2020 goal of industrialization: What went wrong? first appeared on ASEAN Today.15 January 2021Malaysiahttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45463
- How could outreach to Southeast Asia help Turkey?
Faced with economic and strategic challenges, Turkey has turned to Southeast Asia to potentially help revive its economy. Ankara may find support from China in its new push, but building ties with the region will depend on Turkey’s ability to keep religion out of the equation.14 January 2021Aseanhttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45459
- Cambodia’s veiled criticism of Chinese vaccines hints at Hun Sen’s foreign policy plans
It is unclear if Cambodia’s apparent criticism of Chinese coronavirus vaccines is meant to refute the country’s reputation as China’s proxy. If that is the case, then Cambodia needs to do far more to introduce balance to its foreign policy.
The post Cambodia’s veiled criticism of Chinese vaccines hints at Hun Sen’s foreign policy plans first appeared on ASEAN Today.13 January 2021Cambodiahttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45455
- When will Malaysia’s football teams go private?
A push by the Football Association of Malaysia to ensure its leading clubs become private and cease relying on state handouts was challenging enough before COVID-19 arrived. While the group remains committed to the transition, it must accept that the shift will take longer than anticipated.12 January 2021Contenthttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45449
- What do President Donald Trump’s last minute deals in Southeast Asia say about his legacy?
Southeast Asia’s autocratic leaders have adored Trump’s transactional approach to foreign policy and at times won trade and defense deals without adequate scrutiny of their poor human rights records. The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden will take a tougher stance on democracy and human rights in bilateral deals.
The post What do President Donald Trump’s last minute deals in Southeast Asia say about his legacy? first appeared on ASEAN Today.11 January 2021Aseanhttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45440
- Kirin beer can’t tell if it’s funding the Myanmar military; Critics raise questions
Japanese beer conglomerate Kirin says an investigation by Deloitte was unable to determine if the company has been funding the Myanmar military through its joint ownership of domestic beer companies. Critics say Kirin has been complicit in human rights abuses by partnering with a Myanmar military-owned company.
The post Kirin beer can’t tell if it’s funding the Myanmar military; Critics raise questions first appeared on ASEAN Today.11 January 2021Human Rightshttps://www.aseantoday.com/?p=45445