Thailand hands over ASEAN Chairmanship to Vietnam

On November 4, the ASEAN chair’s gavel was passed to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam at the closing ceremony of the grouping’s annual summit in Bangkok. Vietnam will serve as the chair of ASEAN, the most important international organization in Southeast Asia, through 2020. This will be a crucial year for the grouping as it attempts to reach the goals set forth in the ASEAN Vision 2020, which was released in 1997 and envisions the establishment of a region of peace, prosperity, and stability. It is especially significant for Vietnam because the chairmanship will offer a unique opportunity to engage the region to take constructive action on the South China Sea disputes which have long threatened regional peace and security. With the chairmanship in hand, now is the time for Hanoi to be more active in fulfilling both its regional and its national responsibilities in the South China Sea. Tiếp tục đọc “ASEAN AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA: VIETNAM’S ROLE AS CHAIR”

ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific


The AsiaPacific and Indian Ocean regions are amongst the most dynamic in the world as well as centers of economic growth for decadesAs a result, these regions continue to experience geopolitical and geostrategic shiftsThese shifts present opportunities as well as challengesOn the one hand, the economic growth of the region opens up possibilities of cooperation to alleviate poverty and elevate living standards of millions of peopleOn the other hand, the rise of material powers, i.eeconomic and military, requires avoiding the deepening of mistrust, miscalculation, and patterns of behavior based on a zerosum game.

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ASEAN CÓ THỂ NGĂN NGỪA “CHIẾN TRANH NƯỚC” MEKONG NHƯ THẾ NÀO – How Asean can avoid Mekong ‘water war’

Anchalee Kongrut – Bình Yên Đông lược dịch, Bangkok Post – 31 October 2019 Mekong-cuulong Blog

Đập thủy điện Xayaburi ở Lào [Ảnh: Chiang Rai Times]

Đập Xayaburi, đập đầu tiên trên dòng chánh ở hạ lưu sông Mekong, đã bắt đầu hoạt động đúng vào thời điểm đáng chú ý – chỉ vài ngày trước khi Thái Lan đăng cai Thượng đỉnh ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Hiệp hội các Quốc gia Đông Nam Á)) thứ 35th trong tuần nầy.

Đáng chú ý vì con đập, được xây trong lãnh thổ Lào – cùng với 10 đập tiếp theo trên sông Mekong – được ca tụng như là một đỉnh cao của đối tác và hợp tác kinh tế giữa các quốc gia ASEAN.  Nó được tài trợ bởi một nhà đầu tư Thái và trên 90% số điện sản xuất sẽ được bán cho Cơ quan Phát Điện Thái Lan (Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT)). Tiếp tục đọc “ASEAN CÓ THỂ NGĂN NGỪA “CHIẾN TRANH NƯỚC” MEKONG NHƯ THẾ NÀO – How Asean can avoid Mekong ‘water war’”

ARF: Application de la CNUDM 1982 pour faire face aux défis émergents

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Dans le contexte des défis émergents tels que le changement climatique, l’élévation du niveau de la mer, l’exploitation de ressources marines non durables, la pollution marine…, la CNUDM 1982 et d’autres documents internationaux concernés devraient constituer un cadre juridique important permettant d’intensifier la coopération dans la restauration et l’utilisation de manière durable des ressources maritimes.
Le séminaire de l’ARF sur l’application de la CNUDM 1982 se tient les 26 et 27 février dans la province de Khanh Hoà (Centre). Photo: Tiên Minh/VNA/CVN
Un séminaire du Forum régional de l’Asean (ARF) sur l’application de la Convention des Nations unies sur le droit de la mer 1982 (CNUDM 1982) et d’autres instruments juridiques internationaux pour faire face aux défis émergents liés à la mer, se tient les mardi 26 et mercredi 27 février dans la ville de Nha Trang, province de Khanh Hoà (Centre) réunissant plus de 80 délégués de 20 pays membre de l’ARF. Tiếp tục đọc “ARF: Application de la CNUDM 1982 pour faire face aux défis émergents”

The State of Southeast Asia 2019

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Abstract: The ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute conducted the “State of Southeast Asia: 2019” online survey between 18 November and 5 December 2018 to seek the views of Southeast Asians onregional affairs. The survey used the purposive sampling method, canvassing views from a total of 1,008 Southeast Asians who are regional experts and stakeholders from the policy, research, business, civil society, and media communities. As such, the results of this survey are not meant to be representative. Rather, it aims to present a general view of prevailing attitudes among those in a position to inform or influence policy on regional political, economic and social issues and concerns.

The survey is divided into five sections.

The first section sketches out the nationality and affiliation of the respondents.

Section II explores the political and economic outlook for 2019, as well as providing views on major developments in the year ahead and security concerns. Some of the issues covered in this section include the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the US-China trade war, denuclearisation in the Korean Peninsula and Rohingya issue.

Section III examines major power relations in the region, with a specific focus on the US and China.

Section IV looks into the region’s perception of the major powers (China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia and the US) and provides some clues as to which major power does the region trust the most (or the least).

The survey concludes with Section V which looks at three aspects of soft power – tertiary education, tourism and foreign language – as proxies of the major powers’ influence in Southeast Asia.

Bringing electricity to all corners of Southeast Asia


By Ali Al-Saffar
IEA Energy Analyst
19 December 2017

Grid extensions have formed the bulk 

This commentary draws from the Southeast Asia Energy Outlook 2017, a WEO Special Report, published in October.

Providing electricity access for all remains a critical topic in many parts of the developing world. The challenge is especially acute in Southeast Asia, one of the most dynamic regions of the global energy system, but whose rich and varied environment defies one-size-fits-all energy solutions.

Thanks to growing economies and burgeoning and urbanising middle classes, energy demand in Southeast Asia grows at one of the fastest rates in the world. Still, around 65 million people across the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries are without access to electricity. In a recent special report on the region, we looked in detail at how to close this gap.
Tiếp tục đọc “Bringing electricity to all corners of Southeast Asia”

Trans-ASEAN education can play a role in building a regional community

Exchange students from several universities in ASEAN countries at a university in Thailand. Encouraging trans-ASEAN student mobility is a huge challenge. Thiranun Kunatum/Shutterstock

As the celebration for last year’s 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) wanes, ASEAN now face the tasks to realise the ambitious vision of an integrated socio-cultural, economic and political community. Education is one of the sectors identified as having a pivotal role in this community building process.

ASEAN plans to enhance the quality of human resources in the region and forming a regional identity, while contributing to economic growth. Among the various action plans set out at the 14th ASEAN Summit in Cha-Am Hua-in in 2009, regionalisation of higher education profiles was high on the agenda. Tiếp tục đọc “Trans-ASEAN education can play a role in building a regional community”

East Vietnam Sea issue brought up during ASEAN defense minister meeting

ASEAN member nations should continue intensifying cooperation, sharing information about the sea situation, and abiding by international law

​East Vietnam Sea issue brought up during ASEAN defense minister meeting
Top diplomats meet at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Singapore on February 6, 2018. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam has mentioned the situation in the East Vietnam Sea during a special meeting between ASEAN officials in Singapore this week.

The ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Retreat was organized in the city-state on Tuesday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Authorized by General Ngo Xuan Lich, Vietnam’s Minister of National Defense, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, his deputy, led a delegation of high-ranking officials to attend the meeting. Tiếp tục đọc “East Vietnam Sea issue brought up during ASEAN defense minister meeting”

Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth

Asia – December 13, 2017 3:14 pm JST Cover story

Aided by social media, hardliners gain mainstream support

GWEN ROBINSON, Chief editor, and SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent

Buddhist monks protest the visit of a U.N. official in Yangon on Jan. 16, 2015. According to local media reports, they were angry that the international organization had urged the government to give members of the Rohingya minority citizenship. © Reuters

YANGON/JAKARTA — With Mt. Agung billowing volcanic ash into the sky above his home in Bali, Khairy Susanto was unsure if he could fly back after joining tens of thousands of fellow Indonesian Islamists at a rally near the presidential palace in Jakarta.

“Inshallah, we can fly, but it doesn’t matter, we will be OK,” Susanto said. “We are happy to be here today to celebrate our victory.” Tiếp tục đọc “Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth”

Bio-tech key to climate change response: scientist

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VietNamNet Bridge – Prof., Dr. Bui Chi Buu, former director of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences for Southern Viet Nam, speaks to Viet Nam News about the agricultural challenges facing the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta and measures to cope with them.  

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Prof Dr Bui Chi Buu, former director of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences for Southern Viet Nam

What challenges does agriculture in the Mekong Delta face today?

There are three major challenges for agricultural production in the Mekong Delta now.

The first is small scale of production as a result of which farmers have disadvantages. Tiếp tục đọc “Bio-tech key to climate change response: scientist”

Biến đổi trong quan hệ tam giác Trung Quốc – ASEAN – Nhật Bản với triển vọng nhất thể hóa Đông Á

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Quan hệ tam giác Trung Quốc – ASEAN – Nhật Bản có vai trò quan trọng trong việc thiết lập cục diện quan hệ quốc tế ở khu vực Đông Á. Trong mức độ nhất định, cấu trúc quan hệ này đang trực tiếp thúc đẩy và quyết định chiều hướng vận động của tiến trình hợp tác phát triển khu vực. Bài viết vận dụng phương pháp phân tích quan hệ “Tam giác chiến lược” để tìm hiểu quan hệ tương hỗ giữa Trung Quốc, ASEAN và Nhật Bản, qua đó đưa ra những khả năng và triển vọng về mô hình nhất thể hóa Đông Á trong tương lai. Tiếp tục đọc “Biến đổi trong quan hệ tam giác Trung Quốc – ASEAN – Nhật Bản với triển vọng nhất thể hóa Đông Á”

ASEAN ministers sign agreements to make travel easier across member countries

Commentary: A golden opportunity to boost travel and tourism within Southeast Asia

Adopting an open skies policy will boost tourism, travel and economic growth in the region, argues Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs’ Wan Saiful Wan Jan.

File photo of a Singapore Airlines plane at Changi Airport. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Southeast Asia has a lot to offer to global tourists.

The rich cultural diversity, affordable lifestyle and beautiful geography, all make countries in the ASEAN region attractive to tourists from around the world. Growing connectivity also makes it easier for tourists to experience multiple cities and countries within the same trip. Tiếp tục đọc “Commentary: A golden opportunity to boost travel and tourism within Southeast Asia”

ASEAN reps endorse VN East Sea code proposal


Update: September, 24/2017 – 19:00

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh addresses the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (GA) in New York.VNA/VNS photo Hữu Hoàng
Viet Nam News NEW YORK — ASEAN foreign ministers have endoresed a proposal by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh for the ASEAN-China Summit in November to issue an official statement on the start of negotiations over a Code of Conduct for the East Sea. Tiếp tục đọc “ASEAN reps endorse VN East Sea code proposal”

ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on The Humanitarian Situation in Rakhine State

ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on The Humanitarian Situation in Rakhine State

The Foreign Ministers of ASEAN expressed concern over the recent developments in Northern Rakhine State of Myanmar and extended their deepest condolences to all the victims and affected communities of the conflict.  They condemned the attacks against Myanmar security forces on 25 August 2017 and all acts of violence which resulted in loss of civilian lives, destruction of homes and displacement of large numbers of people. Tiếp tục đọc “ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on The Humanitarian Situation in Rakhine State”