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Indonesia: Southeast Asia’s natural leader?

By Sun, Apr 06, 2014 11:23AM UTC Comments Off The flags of ASEAN nations. Pic: Asia Sentinel.

There is an opportunity for Indonesia to emerge as the region’s principal, if it chooses so writes Khanh Vu Duc and Duvien Tran for Asia Sentinel. For the first time in the 45-year history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at the summit held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a joint statement was not issued. At the...

Southeast Asia struggles to maintain legitimacy

By Mon, Feb 10, 2014 11:17AM UTC Comments Off Southeast Asia struggles to maintain legitimacy

If no one agrees to the rules, it’s hard to play the game. This is increasingly true in Southeast Asia’s various democratic or semi-democratic states, most acutely now in Thailand, but the dynamic is evident in Malaysia, Cambodia and even Indonesia....

Japan, SE Asia fete 40 years of ties, eye China

By Sat, Dec 14, 2013 10:53AM UTC Comments Off Japan, SE Asia fete 40 years of ties, eye China

TOKYO (AP) — Southeast Asian nations are hoping Japan and China will mend their frayed ties, to help minimize the risk of tensions flaring into conflict in the region, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Friday. “It must be said that good relations between China and Japan are critical to the future of our region,”...

Burma leader brings typhoon aid to Philippines

By Thu, Dec 05, 2013 11:51AM UTC Comments Off

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Burma’s president brought additional typhoon aid with him on Wednesday as he began a three-day visit to the Philippines, where he is also expected to seek support for his country’s hosting of an Asian summit next year. President Thein Sein is to meet his Philippine counterpart, Benigno Aquino III, on Thursday...

Asean’s burgeoning thirst for energy

By Sat, Oct 05, 2013 10:58AM UTC Comments Off Asean’s burgeoning thirst for energy

That means energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are going to double by 2035 writes Asia Sentinel. Energy demand in Southeast Asia has expanded by two and a half times since 1990 – and is still only about half the global average as the global energy epicenter shifts to Asia, according to a new report released this...

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