Southeast Asia

Why Thailand is Buying Russian Helicopters

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Beginning in 2011, the Kingdom of Thailand began replacing aging US helicopters not with newer US-built models, but with Russian…

Regular ASEAN Summits and Prospects for Propo...

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The fate of the ASEAN Plus Six project has become a key issue at the annual ASEAN summits, the latest of which was held in Bangkok in early November. The proposed project would see the formation of the world’s largest free trade zone, made up of the Association’s 10 Southeast Asian member states (ASEAN itself), plus partner states…

Abandoning Jakarta, Moving Capital to Borneo ...

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It is wrong, totally wrong to abandon Jakarta and try to build some Potemkin village in the middle of Borneo, an island known in Indonesia as Kalimantan. There are many reasons why, and we will be addressing at least some of them here. But before we begin, let us state the obvious: the cowardly and…

EXPOSED: US Lobbyists Behind Thai “Oppo...

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Documents have surfaced exposing US corporate lobbying behind one of Thailand’s supposed “pro-democracy” opposition parties, Future Forward Party (FFP). Future Forward, headed by union-busting nepotist billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, was revealed to be aided by US-based corporate lobbying firm, APCO Worldwide…

US Embassy Pressures Thailand Over Monsanto P...

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Under Thailand’s new government, efforts to ban toxic pesticides and herbicides including those made by US agricultural giant Monsanto were first accelerated, and have now finally succeeded. Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul bluntly stated that “the US was worried only about trade. The Thai government was concerned…

Asian Separatism Fuelled by US-backed Groups

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Thailand’s opposition faces sedition charges after conducting a seminar in Thailand’s troubled deep south where they recommended amending the Thai constitution and paving way for the nation’s territorial division. Thailand’s English language newspaper The Nation in an article titled, “Army’s sedition charges against opposition, academics ‘could…

US Agitators in Asia “United” Ove...

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Despite the chaos created across Hong Kong, the vast majority of the region’s inhabitants do not support the growing violence nor do they benefit from it in any way. As is typical in other regions of the world the US is meddling, a lack of local support is often remedied by attempting to create links and synergies between various US meddling in different nations…

Singapore: Hong Kong Protesters’ Demand...

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It is interesting to note where the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore sits amid the shifting poles of global power between East and West. Once a British colony, the tiny island nation has since served as a barometer indicating the ebb and flow of Western influence over Asia, and now, the ups and downs of China’s emergence…

BC: The Thailand Puzzle

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It appears that the fight for democracy has been dragging on for years in Thailand. The country has now been in an uproar for two months. The situation is critical and tensions are on the verge of boiling over as the country’s government became paralysed due to the anti-government protests on an unprecedented scale. The mass protests are not caused so much…

The Last Moments of Indonesia as We Know It

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Student protests, West Papua independence struggle, monstrous forest fires, an earthquake and a collapsing economy – the increasingly religiously fundamentalist Indonesia is suddenly facing too many disasters. It cannot cope with any of them. Nothing seems to be going well for Indonesia, these days. People in West Papua are rebelling; an earthquake has…

Myanmar Turns to China’s Huawei Despite...

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The Southeast Asian state of Myanmar, despite pressure from Washington, has decided to work with Chinese telecom company Huawei to develop its national 5G communication network. The move by Myanmar is just one among many by the entire region to build ties with China despite extensive efforts by the US and some Western European nations to encircle…

Vietnam Begins Reclaiming Info-Space From US ...

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In yet another sign of waning Western hegemony, the Southeast Asian state of Vietnam has begun the long-overdue process of reclaiming its information space from US tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Reuters in its article, “Facebook-style app launches in Vietnam amid…


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