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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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”

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”

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 needs to double power capacity in less than 20 years

Meeting demand will take $500 billion worth of new generation facilities

MASAYUKI YUDA, Nikkei staff writer

asia.nikkei_will remain the main source of power generation in ASEAN in the coming decades, says Wood Mackenzie analyst Edi Saputra. © Reuters

TOKYO — ASEAN needs to more than double its power capacity in less than 20 years to meet burgeoning demand. British energy research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie reported last week that the region requires $500 billion worth of investment to achieve such a goal.

ASEAN, whose current combined GDP is around $2.8 trillion, needs to construct an additional 270 gigawatts of generating capacity by 2035. Current capacity is 209GW. Tiếp tục đọc “ASEAN needs to double power capacity in less than 20 years”

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”

Vietnam calls for Southeast Asian unity amid South China Sea tension


Vietnam’s most powerful leader has called for greater unity among Southeast Asian states at a time the country has appeared increasingly isolated in challenging China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

FILE PHOTO: Vietnam’s General Secretary of the Communist Party and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong talks to media after he casts his vote for members of the 14th National Assembly and People’s Councils at a polling station in Hanoi, Vietnam May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kham/Files

HANOI: Vietnam’s most powerful leader has called for greater unity among Southeast Asian states at a time the country has appeared increasingly isolated in challenging China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Making the first visit by a Vietnamese communist party chief to Indonesia, Nguyen Phu Trong said in a speech televised at home on Wednesday that the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam calls for Southeast Asian unity amid South China Sea tension”

HỘI NGHỊ ASEAN:  Đằng sau những câu chữ

  • 11.08.2017, 13:43

TTCT – Cuộc họp cấp ngoại trưởng ASEAN (AMM) năm nay, và tiếp theo đó là Diễn đàn khu vực ASEAN (ARF), đã diễn ra trong bầu không khí đầy tranh cãi, phản ánh cục diện thế sự ngày nay. Các văn kiện chính, trên bề nổi, phản ánh xu thế đó. Song, trong chiều sâu, lại phản ánh một sự đồng thuận nhất định.

 Đằng sau những câu chữ
Bộ trưởng Ngoại giao Trung Quốc Vương Nghị. bình luận rằng với Bắc Kinh, COC đi kèm những điều kiện “mơ hồ và không công bằng”.-Ảnh:

Nếu so sánh ARF lần thứ nhất hồi năm 1994 tại Bangkok, mà Việt Nam tham dự với tư cách quan sát viên, với ARF năm nay tại Manila, rõ ràng diễn đàn năm nay quá ư là “gay cấn”. Những biến chuyển của chính trường thế giới đã đặt ra những thách thức mới so với cách đây 23 năm. Tiếp tục đọc “HỘI NGHỊ ASEAN:  Đằng sau những câu chữ”

Hanoi exhibition to feature stunning photos of ASEAN countries

By Tuoi Tre News

August 05,2017, 11:30 GMT+7

​Hanoi exhibition to feature stunning photos of ASEAN countries
Lantern release festival in Thailand. Photo: Wannapong

The exhibition is being held to honor the bloc’s upcoming 50th birthday.

Hundreds of stunning photos featuring ASEAN countries and their people will be on public exhibit on Hanoi’s downtown walking street starting this weekend.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hanoi’s municipal administration to honor 50 years of ASEAN. Tiếp tục đọc “Hanoi exhibition to feature stunning photos of ASEAN countries”

United ASEAN needs to showcase political will: experts


Update: August, 05/2017 – 11:12

by Thu Van

MANILA — In the context of growing rivalries between major world powers, ASEAN needs to demonstrate strong political will and unity to promote peace, security and prosperity, foreign policy experts said on Friday.

They were speaking at a panel discussion at the inaugural ASEAN Media Forum in Manila, ahead of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum.

ASEAN was forged as a mechanism for managing collective security, and the grouping’s role had worked very well for a while, until it began to de-stabilise in 2010, said Michael Vatikiotis, the Asian Regional Director of the Centre for Human Dialogue.

“It was around this time that the two largest powers in Asia, the US and China started sparring more openly,” he said, citing China’s direct investment, support for strategic infrastructure development and military co-operation and the US’s “pivot” to Asia. Tiếp tục đọc “United ASEAN needs to showcase political will: experts”