The new China-Laos railway is spanning the Mekong River and drilling through mountains. So far, many local Laotians are seeing more trouble than benefits from the project.
Former House member Walden Bello says Filipino politics entered a ‘brave new world’ after Duterte was elected. While a transition is clear, the era can be more accurately characterised as a relapse.
South Korea and Vietnam continue to work together, boosting the Vietnamese economy. At the same time, South Korean tourists flock to Vietnam. How closely are the two linked?
The presidential palace has released several matrices of alleged national security threats. Many are just individuals critical of President Duterte’s policies.
Singapore’s tap water is perfectly safe for drinking. Yet, the city state’s thirst for bottled water continues to grow every year.
Year after year, landslides in Myanmar’s jade mines kill hundreds of workers. Authorities place profits ahead of human lives.
Two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar for over 500 days were pardoned. But their story and the ongoing repression of journalists in Myanmar show that Aung San Suu Kyi’s government is unable to secure the freedom of the press in Myanmar’s judicial system.
Myanmar’s nationalists are employing increasingly political rhetoric. It is no accident.
Prayut Chan-Ocha looks likely to win enough support to continue as Prime Minister. However, pro-democracy parties have made big inroads and could check his power.
Malaysia’s civil service has long come under fire for being bloated, inefficient and self-serving. Now it stands accused of preventing attempts at reform.