Thailand’s Prime Minister recently announced the end of five years of military rule. The new government is looking to the US to support its transition but Thailand’s pro-democracy groups continue to face threats and risk being brushed aside in the name of progress.
In the Australian outback, the world’s largest solar farm is in the works – and it is set to power Singapore from 4,000km away.
The government in the Philippines has implemented land redistribution policies for decades, but they’ve failed to reduce rural poverty rates.
Corruption in Laos is getting worse. The country’s political structure creates an environment where corruption thrives. But conversation is sewing the seeds for change.
China is pushing two of its Belt and Road development projects in Myanmar without addressing local communities’ social and environmental concerns.
In public appearances, the foul-mouthed Filipino president flits between comedian and action hero. This endears him to voters but diverts attention from an underwhelming first three-years in office.
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe’s visit to Singapore last month saw him deliver a highly anticipated speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue and enhance China’s bilateral defence pact with the city-state host.
A glut of mangos has left the government is scrambling to sell them before it’s too late. But poorly-regulated supply chains hamper international sales.
The Lao government has rejected the findings of a UN report that claims the country’s economic model isn’t helping poverty and inequality.
Clouds of economic uncertainty hang over the Asia-Pacific. Singapore’s economy is suffering. But the People’s Action Party (PAP) hope heightened global economic fears will bring a boon at the polls.