Part two of a two-part look at what is in store for China in 2017. China’s catch-22 – being a ‘responsible stakeholder’, while tending towards isolation.
Southeast Asia in 2016 has been marked by busy political agendas, challenges by ethnic tensions, religious conflicts, and regional stability issues.
By downplaying the Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi is walking a thin line, trying to balance competing interests. Yet her silence undermines her position.
China immediately seized upon President-Elect Trump’s victory to offer its proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as an alternative to the TPP. Russia backing the proposal signals a call for a
Trump’s unexpected victory could change how America interacts with Southeast Asia on issues concerning security, human rights and trade.
Obama’s pivot should have represented a shift in US foreign policy. The end of his presidency puts the future of the pivot into question.
With any one-size-fits-all approach, the problem lies in establishing a level playing field across different national and regional regulatory frameworks.
Laos’ new leader Thangloun Sisoulith is banking on regional integration and economic diversification, as Laos chairs ASEAN in 2016.
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi concluded a three-day official visit to Thailand with agreements on border and labour issues. The tour is evidence of the new democratically elected