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Cambodia’s $16 Billion ‘Eco-City’ Poses Social, Ecological Concerns

On 20th of December 2022, a company called Canopy Sands Development kicked off the construction of a $16 billion eco-city in Sihanoukville Province. The eco-city project, Bay of Lights, promises to transform the Ream Bay to a top tourist destination in the world. ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Australia to Call on China to Remove Remaining Economic Sanctions on Imported Australian Products

Australia's Trade Minister Don Farrell said he would call on his Chinese counterpart Wang Wentao to remove all remaining economic sanctions on imported Australian products when they meet later this month.  Beijing imposed tariffs on Australian goods in 2020 after Canberra called for an investigation into the origins ...

Thailand’s China Tourist Woes Set to Worsen After Woman Charged Following TikTok Video

Thai police are pressing charges against a Chinese social media influencer after she posted a video from a Bangkok nightlife area she claimed was dangerous for women — in a move that could further scare away potential Chinese tourists. Wang Ziyu — ...

Thai Leader Debunks Idea of Hosting Chinese Police for Joint Patrols in Tourist Zones

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said the country would not be inviting Chinese police officers to patrol Thai tourist destinations after reports of such a plan sparked an outcry. Tourism officials had recently raised the idea of having Chinese and Thai ...

Southeast Asian Vacation Spots Wait for Chinese Tourists Who Seem More Content to Stay Home

The number of Chinese tourists that went abroad during last week’s normally bustling holiday break was significantly below pre-pandemic levels and even fell short of official forecasts, raising more concerns about the country’s tightened consumer spending. While a rare confluence of ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Chinese National Among the Dead After Mass Shooting in Bangkok Mall

A 14-year-old boy suffering from a psychiatric episode walked into Bangkok's upscale Siam Paragon Mall and randomly started shooting, killing two and wounding five others. Among the dead included a female Chinese tourist. The ...

Blockbuster Movie Scares Chinese Tourists Away From Thailand

Chinese tourists landing in Bangkok on Monday were greeted with a heroes welcome, including Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who went to the airport to personally welcome the first batch of visa-free visitors. Thailand is desperate to revive its Chinese tourism ...

Cambodia Must Check Chinese-Sponsored Casinos’ Operations in Sihanoukville

Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Province has seen tremendous growth in infrastructure and development in the past decade, thanks to China’s help. Tourism flourishes, spurring employment opportunities and economic activities.  Unfortunately, a majority of that development comes from casinos and gambling businesses, which ...

Eco-Tourism in Thailand: The Case for Promoting Environmentally-Sensitive Travel to Chinese Visitors

China’s growing partnerships with Southeast Asia in the past decade, thanks largely to its Belt and Road Initiative championing the “China Dream', has attracted an influx of Chinese tourists into the region each year. Many Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia and Thailand, have even offered ...

Tensions Flare in Ancient Thai City Over New Chinese-Backed High-Speed Railway

Majestic royal palaces, serene Buddhist monasteries, and ancient sacred Buddhist relics known as stupas with intricate carvings stand in stillness, towering above a viewer gazing from the ground. This is Thailand’s Historic City of Ayutthaya: the old city north of the capital Bangkok situated in the middle of ...
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