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Regional Roundup for week of 9.21.18

Regional Roundup for week of 9.21.18


EXSE FOCUS Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies aged 61 – BBC Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died in a military hospital at the age of 61, state media report. Reports say he had been suffering from a serious illness for ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 9.15.18

Regional Roundup for Week of 9.15.18


EXSE FOCUS Kem Sokha, Cambodia’s Jailed Opposition Leader, Is Released – New York Times Cambodia’s imprisoned opposition leader was freed on bail Sunday night after spending a year locked up on charges of treason widely seen as designed to neutralize his political ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 9.8.2018

Regional Roundup for Week of 9.8.2018


EXSE FOCUS  Thailand’s military junta may at last be ready to call an election – The Economist September will sizzle with political intrigue in Thailand. The prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has announced that his military government will shortly begin discussions with ...

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People-to-People ties form the cornerstone of US-Thai relations

People-to-People ties form the cornerstone of US-Thai relations


The news cycle churns onward, but remember that daring cave rescue in Thailand from early July?  Cooperation on the Tham Luang Cave rescue in July marked good will shared among Thailand and many other countries. This event showed that when ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 8.23.18

Regional Roundup for Week of 8.23.18


EXSE FOCUS Developers Press Ahead With Dams, Despite Lao Order to Halt New Hydropower Projects –Radio Free Asia Developers of two proposed hydropower projects in Laos are pressing ahead with plans to build the mega-dams on the Mekong River, despite a recent ...

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China’s economic capital in the Philippines: Problems and prospects


Over the last two decades the improved bilateral relations between China and the Philippines led to the increased inflows of Chinese economic capital—as foreign direct investment (FDI) and aid—in the Philippines. I argue that China’s foreign aid, if managed correctly ...

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