Southeast Asia

US Outlines Continued Primacy Over Asia at 2022 Shangri-La Dialogue

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The British International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has hosted the “Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore since 2002. It is billed as “Asia’s premier security summit,” all while being almost entirely Western-centric in agenda and design. To help illustrate this, since the format was created, the first plenary meeting has always been…

Western Foreign Policy Created Ukraine Crisis, is Creating Crisis with China

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Two recent events, both overshadowed by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, help illustrate how the same problematic aspects of Western foreign policy driving the Ukrainian conflict are hard at work in provoking conflict with yet another global power, China. Western complaints about an alleged naval base China is accused…

West Decries Philippine’s New Government – US-backed Protests Begin

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Recent general elections in The Philippines appear to signal the island nation’s continued but gradual move out from under US subordination and its rise with the rest of Asia as China emerges as both a regional and global superpower. With Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. set to become the next president…

Thailand’s Tourism Industry and Russia’s Vacation Season Amid International Sanctions

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The COVID-19 pandemic, which swept the world in 2020, hit all sectors of the economy, but tourism was possibly hit the hardest. Tourism was the first to suffer from quarantine restrictions, as it is directly dependent on the freedom of international communication and yet is not a strategically important industry for most states…

US-ASEAN Summit Leaves Washington Empty-handed

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The recently held US-ASEAM summit in Washington was meant to serve what an official of the Biden administration called the need for “step[ing] up our [the US] game in Southeast Asia” against China. The underlying logic of this politics of increasing US strategic engagement with ASEAN is a more strategic realignment of the latter’s foreign policy with Washington…

Riots in Sri Lanka Escalate

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Not only has the state of the all-round crisis in which Sri Lanka found itself in March not “resolved” but, as recent events in the country show, it has become increasingly acute. Apparently, it is no longer an alarmist exaggeration to define the situation as “total chaos” by which this condition is assessed in China, that is one of several very interested “outside observers” of all that is currently happening…

Myanmar Violence: a Slow Burn US Proxy War

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The ongoing violence in Myanmar may have faded into the background of global media coverage as much more intense conflict shapes up within and along Ukraine’s borders in Eastern Europe and as Washington raises the prospect of direct conflict with China in Asia. However, Myanmar’s conflict serves as a point of destabilization which may impact the wider stability…

Myanmar – Сaught between India and China

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Myanmar is a relatively small country on the Indochina peninsula. Its close neighbors are India, China and the other countries on the peninsula, Its geographical position means that it serves as a buffer zone between the two competing Asian giants, yet its role is not limited to that. In terms of land access, India is largely cut off from the rest of the Eurasian landmass by immediate…

The 2+2 Meeting between Japan and the Philippines

The Japan-Philippines meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers in the so-called “2+2 format” that took place in Tokyo on April 9 is not an ordinary event in the series of others that shape the current situation in the Indo-Pacific region. First of all, it is worth noting once again the significance of the very presence of such a format in the relations between certain pairs…

The Latest Balikatan Exercise and the Situation in the Philippines

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The current Balikatan military exercises between the US and the Philippines (“balikatan” is a Tagalog word meaning “shoulder-to-shoulder”), which began on March 28 and will last until the end of April, are an event of wide-ranging significance, and thus deserve this author’s attention. First and foremost, because…

Radio Free Asia Slanders Russia and China

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The depths to which American propagandists descend have been noted by observers for a very long time. We have witnessed and experienced it our entire lives and the lives of those before us. Enabled by their dominant economic and military power since the Second World War, their propaganda has been an important element of their aggression against…

US Condemns Chinese Military Build-Up the US Itself Provoked

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US Indo-Pacific commander Admiral John Aquilino has recently complained about China’s militarization of the South China Sea. He has accused China of placing anti-aircraft and anti-ship systems along with other military facilities on islands scattered throughout the South China Sea.  The Guardian in an article titled, “China has fully militarized three islands…


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