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Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures as he speaks during an event titled "The Instruction on the Procedures of Members of the National Reform Council" at the Army Club in Bangkok September 4, 2014. Prayuth on Thursday set out broad criteria for the selection of a 250-member council to draw up sweeping political reforms and approve a new constitution, saying people from all walks of life would be included. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR44VJ8

Regional Roundup for Week of 8.12.16


Thai Referendum Thailand, seeking stability, approves military constitution – Reuters A democratically elected government will take power in Thailand at the earliest by December 2017, a senior Thai official said on Monday, after the country endorsed a military-backed constitution paving the way ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 8.4.2016

Regional Roundup for Week of 8.4.2016


LEADERS Malaysia’s Leader, Dogged by a Billion-Dollar Scandal, Proves Untouchable – The New York Times - The conspirators were confident. They planned to confront Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, at a cabinet meeting and demand his resignation. Prosecutors had collected evidence ...

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Report: Three Parallel Rivers plagued by unregulated mining

Report: Three Parallel Rivers plagued by unregulated mining


One of Yunnan's most famous natural landscapes is under threat from unsupervised mining, according to a new report. A study published by non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace claims industrial activity in the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas is seriously ...

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On the Rocks: China’s expected response to tribunal decision threatens to undo soft power gains

On the Rocks: China's expected response to tribunal decision threatens to undo soft power gains


The Permanent Court of Arbitration is set to rule tomorrow on a case brought by the Philippine government over China’s attempts to claim almost the entire South China Sea as sovereign territory. Beijing has boycotted the tribunal and betting the ...

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Yuxi begins experiment as one of China’s ‘Sponge Cities’

Yuxi begins experiment as one of China's 'Sponge Cities'


The city of Yuxi (玉溪) in central Yunnan is one of several municipalities across China to implement a green infrastructure pilot program meant to alleviate urban flooding while also curbing future water shortages. The so-called "Sponge Cities" (海绵城市) initiative is a ...

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South China Sea (April 25, 2006) - USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) perform a Pass Exercise with the HTMS Rattanakosin (FSG 441) of the Royal Thai Navy in the South China Sea. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW 2) are currently underway to the western Pacific for a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Intelligence Specialist 1st Class John J. Torres (RELEASED)

Regional Roundup for Week of 6.30.16


It's about time to head up to the poop deck to keep watch for the ruling on the Philippines case against China over the South China Seas. If this summer isn't hot enough already, the temperature is about to increase ...

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