As the two global superpowers go head-to-head over trade, the two leaders’ rhetoric reveals underlying currents at play.
In 2016, a Taiwanese steel plant in Vietnam dumped toxic pollution into the ocean, destroying local livelihoods and incurring millions of dollars of environmental damage. Now seven thousand of these Vietnamese fishermen and their families are taking the Formosa Group to court.
Responses to the US-China trade war were front and centre at the three-day meeting in Bangkok. Contentious issues such as the South China Sea dispute and the Rohingya crisis also received attention, but longstanding policies of non-interference limit regional action.
ASEAN governments know they have a plastic problem. At this week’s ASEAN summit, environmental groups are calling for a commitment to stop importing plastic waste and limit production of single-use plastics.
Since the 2014 coup, female political representation in Thailand has suffered. Why are women underrepresented in Thai politics? And can Thailand increase its female participation without comprising the quality of its democracy?
In 1967, few expected ASEAN to succeed. The bloc’s ability to put aside the differences of member states has been its greatest asset. It needs to remember this when addressing new challenges.
Laos borrowed heavily from China to finance key infrastructure and development projects. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith claims the debts are manageable. Is he right?
China’s Huawei offers technical solutions for emerging ASEAN nations. But it comes with unique risks.
A leaked ASEAN report ignores risks to Rohingya and violence in Rakhine, showing that plans for repatriation will need to be driven by refugees themselves.
ASEAN’s unique market conditions put the region’s fintech development on a different trajectory from the West. These three trends will likely influence the future of fintech in the ASEAN region.