Child refugees held in ‘harrowing’ conditions across south-east Asia

Report reveals young people detained in cells 24 hours a day without enough food or proper access to healthcare, often forced to sleep on the floor

A young Rohingya refugee from Myanmar is held at a detention centre in Medan, Indonesia.
A young Rohingya refugee from Myanmar is held at a detention centre in Medan, Indonesia. Photograph: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of children are languishing in “dangerous and harrowing” conditions in detention centres across south-east Asia, a report has revealed. Children, including babies, are being held in cells 24 hours a day, alongside dozens of unrelated adults, and are frequently separated from family members. Tiếp tục đọc “Child refugees held in ‘harrowing’ conditions across south-east Asia”

Southeast Asia’s war on drugs doesn’t work – here’s what does

theconversation_Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs is just the latest in a region where drug use has usually been met with draconian measures. Thailand embarked 13 years ago on a drug war that strikes eerie parallels with the Philippine situation.

Today, lawmakers in the Philippines are plotting the restoration of the death penalty to bolster the anti-drug campaign. But this, too, is par for the course in the region. Tiếp tục đọc “Southeast Asia’s war on drugs doesn’t work – here’s what does”

Đông Nam Á cần tái thiết lập các thỏa thuận thương mại

English: South-east Asia needs a reset on trade deals

Singapore đã ký Hiệp định Thương mại tự do (FTA) song phương với New Zealand vào năm 2000. Sau đó không lâu, các quốc gia khác như Malaysia và Thái Lan đã bắt đầu vào cuộc.

Năm 2003, ASEAN 10 quyết định biến các hiệp định thương mại của mình về hàng hóa, dịch vụ và đầu tư trong những năm 1990 thành Cộng đồng Kinh tế ASEAN (AEC), một bước tiến lớn trong hội nhập kinh tế khu vực.

Trong khi Singapore tăng số lượng thỏa thuận thương mại song phương qua các năm, những quốc gia kém phát triển hơn trong khu vực, như Lào và Campuchia, trở thành một phần của các Hiệp định Thương mại tự do thông qua các thể chế của khu vực của Asean thực hiện các thỏa thuận thương mại với Trung Quốc, Nhật Bản, Hàn Quốc, Ấn Độ, Australia và New Zealand. Tiếp tục đọc “Đông Nam Á cần tái thiết lập các thỏa thuận thương mại”

South-east Asia needs a reset on trade deals

Since the early 2000s, countries in South-east Asia have seen a plethora of trade pacts.

Singapore signed a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with New Zealand in 2000. Soon, others like Malaysia and Thailand got in on the act.

In 2003, the Asean 10 resolved to turn their trade agreements of the 1990s on goods, services and investments into the Asean Economic Community (AEC), a major advance in regional economic integration. Tiếp tục đọc “South-east Asia needs a reset on trade deals”

Transitioning to sustainable fisheries

Economist_Discussion at The Economist’s South-East Asia and Pacific Regional Fisheries Summit examined how the fisheries sector in Southeast Asia can become sustainable

The Asia-Pacific region dwarfs the rest of the world in seafood production and consumption. Almost 70% of the world’s fishing vessels are in Asia, placing intense pressure on fish stocks. Evidence of overfishing is widespread. Countries like Indonesia, whose territorial seas are vast and whose population depends on seafood for food security, are starting to search for solutions to the problem. With this in mind, the fisheries industry and financial and governance experts from around the world gathered on July 27th and 28th at The Economist’s to discuss how to speed the transition to sustainable fisheries in Southeast Asia.

Trawling through options Tiếp tục đọc “Transitioning to sustainable fisheries”

Who are the future consumers of South-East Asia?

Weforum_As business leaders convene for the Kuala Lumpur meeting of the World Economic Forum, they have many uncertainties to ponder, from the trajectory of China’s economy to whether the new ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) launched at the start of the year will vault South-East Asia up to a new level of economic dynamism.

Demographics and the granularity of growth needs to be part of their thinking. The question today is not so much where to find entire growth markets, but which specific demographic groups have the most potential?

Radical demographic shifts are transforming consumer markets around the world. In the past, market growth was fuelled largely by expanding populations; today, incomes are the force to reckon with.
Tiếp tục đọc “Who are the future consumers of South-East Asia?”

Urban water pumping raises arsenic risk in Southeast Asia

River water is now flowing into aquifers through highly contaminated sediments

Mason Stahl tests arsenic concentrations in slow-moving water along the edge of the Red River near Hanoi, Vietnam.

High concentrations of arsenic are making their way from the Red River into aquifers near Hanoi, Vietnam, a new study shows. Mason Stahl tests water at the river’s edge where sediment is being deposited. Photo: Courtesy of Mason Stahl – Large-scale groundwater pumping is opening doors for dangerously high levels of arsenic to enter some of Southeast Asia’s aquifers, with water now seeping in through riverbeds with arsenic concentrations more than 100 times the limits of safety, according to a new study from scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, MIT, and Hanoi University of Science. Tiếp tục đọc “Urban water pumping raises arsenic risk in Southeast Asia”

Chính sách Hướng Đông của Nga và tác động đối với Đông Nam Á và Biển Đông

NCBĐ – Thứ sáu, 29 Tháng 1 2016 07:45

Một năm trước khi Chính quyền Obama công bố chiến lược tái cân bằng sang châu Á, thì Tổng thống Vladimir Putin đã tuyên bố Nga sẽ “hướng Đông”. Điều gì thúc đẩy chính sách Hướng Đông của Putin và liệu kết quả có như mong đợi? Lập trường của Nga và tác động như thế nào đến tình hình Biển Đông?

Tiếp tục đọc “Chính sách Hướng Đông của Nga và tác động đối với Đông Nam Á và Biển Đông”

Requiem for a river: Can one of the world’s great waterways survive its development?

economist – GUO, the driver, pulls his car to a merciful halt high above a crevasse: time for a cigarette, and after seven hours of shuddering along narrow, twisting roads, time for his passengers to check that their fillings remain in place. Lighting up, he steps out of the car and dons a cloth cap and jacket: sunny, early-summer days are still brisk 3,500 metres above sea level. Mr Guo is an impish little dumpling of a man, bald, brown-toothed and jolly. He is also an anomaly: a Shanghainese in northern Yunnan who opted to stay with his local bride rather than return to his booming hometown.

The ribbon of brown water cutting swiftly through the gorge below is rich with snowmelt. With few cars passing, its echoing sound fills the air. In the distance, the Hengduan mountains slump under their snowpack as if crumpled beneath its weight. Mr Guo recalls the drivers who have taken a switchback too quickly and fallen to their deaths in the valley below. He tells of workers who lost their footing or whose harnesses failed while building a bridge near his home town of Cizhong, 20 or 30 kilometres south. He pulls hard on his cigarette. “This river”, he says, “has taken so many lives.”

Tiếp tục đọc “Requiem for a river: Can one of the world’s great waterways survive its development?”

CSIS: Southeast Asia from Scott Circle Jan. 21, 2016

Southeast Asia From Scott Circle – Jan 21: For China, A Race To Retain Appeal In Southeast Asia

For China, A Race To Retain Appeal In Southeast Asia

By Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC), Associate Fellow, Chair for Southeast Asia Studies (@SoutheastAsiaDC), CSIS

January 21, 2015

The landslide election in Taiwan of pro-independence opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen to be president has led to speculation of a possible recalibration in Chinese foreign policy, at least in the year ahead. Observers believe that stable cross-strait relations over the past eight years have allowed Beijing the bandwidth to explore greener pastures such as the once-dormant South China Sea dispute and expand its footprint across Southeast Asia. Tiếp tục đọc “CSIS: Southeast Asia from Scott Circle Jan. 21, 2016”

CSIS: Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025

Capabilities, Presence, and Partnerships
Contributor: Ernest Bower, Victor Cha, Heather Conley, Zack Cooper, Ryan Crotty, Melissa Dalton, Bonnie Glaser, Rebecca Hersman, Murray Hiebert, Christopher Johnson, Thomas Karako, Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Gregory Poling, Richard Rossow, John Schaus, Sharon Squassoni, Nicholas Szechenyi, Denise Zheng
JAN 19, 2016
In 2015, Congress tasked the Department of Defense to commission an independent assessment of U.S. military strategy and force posture in the Asia-Pacific, as well as that of U.S. allies and partners, over the next decade. This CSIS study fulfills that congressional requirement. The authors assess U.S. progress to date and recommend initiatives necessary to protect U.S. interests in the Pacific Command area of responsibility through 2025. Four lines of effort are highlighted: (1) Washington needs to continue aligning Asia strategy within the U.S. government and with allies and partners; (2) U.S. leaders should accelerate efforts to strengthen ally and partner capability, capacity, resilience, and interoperability; (3) the United States should sustain and expand U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region; and (4) the United States should accelerate development of innovative capabilities and concepts for U.S. forces.
Publisher CSIS/Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN 978-1-4422-5916-4 (pb); 978-1-4422-5917-1 (eBook)

ASEAN and Global Change

John Pang


As we set our eyes on the long horizon of economic integration we should not neglect the important role ASEAN can play in the wider region today.


RSIS – THIS HAS been a year of high expectations and of disappointment in Southeast Asia. Rarely has the economic and strategic importance of the region been as apparent. As China’s economy transitions towards “a new normal” marked by lower growth, structural and financial reform, and as the other BRICS markets have also slowed, investors have looked to ASEAN, with its favourable demographics and market-oriented economies, as both an alternative and a complementary market to China.

ASEAN’s prospects have often been approached through the criteria of economic integration. Hopes have centred on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is being inaugurated as we speak. The bold language of “a single market and production base” and of the launch of an economic community implies a change in the way business will be done in Southeast Asia. The reality is slow and incremental progress. Tiếp tục đọc “ASEAN and Global Change”

Tại sao hội nhập ASEAN lại qua con đường kinh tế

NCBĐ – Thứ năm, 05 Tháng 11 2015 16:16

Các nước ASEAN tập trung vào hội nhập về kinh tế bởi sự hội nhập về chính trị là điều “không tưởng” ở khu vực này do có những khác biệt lớn về các ý niệm cơ bản như quyền lực, bộ máy lãnh đạo, vai trò của nhân dân.

Trong khi chỉ với chưa đầy 20 tháng nữa là tròn nửa thế kỉ thành lập và phát triển, ASEAN sẽ chính thức trở thành một cộng đồng vào ngày 31/12 tới. Sự hội nhập này về cơ bản đang và sẽ tiếp tục được triển khai trong lĩnh vực kinh tế. ASEAN có tham vọng và chủ động trong việc tạo ra một thị trường và cơ sở sản xuất chung. Tiếp tục đọc “Tại sao hội nhập ASEAN lại qua con đường kinh tế”