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Myanmar-China Oil and Gas Pipeline Control Station Destroyed in Latest Attack Affecting Chinese Interests

Myanmar’s military government said several of the country’s armed insurgent groups destroyed a control station of the Myanmar-China oil and natural gas pipeline in a state bordering China. The attack happened in the northern Shan State, which borders China’s Yunnan Province. The ...

Explaining Indonesia’s Different Responses To Palestine, Xinjiang, and Myanmar’s Rohingya

On November 16, 2023, an overcrowded wooden boat carrying around 250 Rohingyas attempted to land in the Indonesian province of Aceh. They were unwelcome, and locals turned the boat away. The Rohingyas are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority group in Myanmar. Thousands are forced to risk ...

China-Myanmar Ties Further Strained After Truck Convoy Torched After Crossing Border Into Myanmar

Myanmar’s beleaguered military government is accusing insurgents of torching dozens of trucks carrying goods from China, as Myanmar’s factional fighting further destabilizes the two countries’ border and strains relations. The fire on Friday in the town of Muse — recorded in ...

How COP28 Could Benefit From an Indonesia-China Bloc

The world's foremost governmental climate summit kicks off next week, in what is wrapping up to be the hottest year on record. The 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or Conference of the Parties (COP28), opens on November 30 in Dubai. ...

China’s BYD Takes Pole Position in Thailand, Southeast Asia’s Largest EV Market

Chinese electric vehicle brand BYD has been taking over Thailand by storm. Its most popular model – Atto 3 SUVs now controls 31% of Thailand’s electric vehicle (EV) segment, less than a year after it launched in October 2022.  This ...

Southeast Asia is Testing TikTok’s Limits

ByteDance’s TikTok is learning some very valuable lessons from the past few weeks: overconfidence is bad, and a new level of creativity might be in order if it wants to keep up with Southeast Asia’s policy quirks. Charm alone is not enough in this part of the ...

China May Deploy Navy in Spats With Philippines in South China Sea, Chinese Analysts Say

Weeks of steadily escalating confrontations between the coast guards of China and the Philippines in the South China Sea culminated on Tuesday with Chinese analysts saying Beijing may deploy navy ships in future encounters. China has generally only used its coast ...

Cambodia Must Step Up its Energy Game Beyond Chinese-Backed Hydropower

Chinese hydropower dams have helped Cambodia maintain its much-needed electricity supply. But relying on hydroelectric power alone is not enough and has proved to be dangerous for local people and their surroundings. Achieving true energy security for Cambodia could mean that it must consider temporary difficult options, ...

Why Boosting Africa-Southeast Asian Trade & Investment Makes So Much Sense

There's been a surge of activity in Africa-ASEAN relations in recent weeks highlighted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo's recent African tour and the Singapore-Africa Business Forum that took place earlier this month in the Lion City. Closer trade and investment ties ...

Thailand Worries of Losing Spot As China’s Top Durian Supplier

Analysts estimated that about three decades ago, Thailand sent to China its first batch of fresh durians – the pungent, spiky fruit native to Southeast Asia. Since then, Thailand’s Monthong durian’s creamy and custard-like texture has dominated the Chinese palate. “Thai ...
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