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Manila’s new foreign policy: Isolation and appeasement
It is official: The Philippines’ policy on the West Philippine Sea is the appeasement of China.

‘Cheapest city on earth’ not proud of it
As a British survey points travellers to Bangkok, Thailand needs to be cultivating bigger spenders

An innovative way to end Kim regime: Stage a buyout! 
How do you solve the North Korean problem without starting a war? The latest proposal has come in the form of a Chinese-Russian “double freeze” solution – requiring the United States to cease its war games with South Korea while Pyongyang halts its nuclear development project. No takers so far. 

Trump asking too much from Beijing on peninsula issue
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive memorandum authorising the US trade representative to determine whether to investigate allegedly “unfair” Chinese trade practices, which could pave the way for punitive tariffs on Chinese exports.

Maintaining traditional Laos-Cambodia ties in mutual interests
Many people in Laos heaved a sigh of relief – perhaps also in Cambodia – after Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen agreed on Saturday to ease tensions along the border between the two countries and to strive to normalise the situation through peaceful means.

Korea crisis or not, Prayut’s US trip a moment of truth
October meeting between the coup leader and President Trump will surely be one for the books

What is media’s ‘super content’ supposed to look like?
“Content is king” was what people like me in the media industry were repeatedly told a few years back.

South Korea 2030 – a new society with new challenges
SOUTH KOREA has experienced rapid modernisation since the end of the Korean War in 1953 and is expected to continue to change rapidly in the coming years.

China’s infrastructure diplomacy in Indonesia
Excessive dependence on thick piles of chinese cash for development projects could land countries in a debt trap

Countries concerned must join hands to prevent terrorism spreading
The influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group is spreading not only in the Middle East, but also in Asia. Countries concerned must deepen their cooperation to block the group’s move to create a stronghold and prevent terrorism from proliferating in the region.

Quick end to a dangerous border stand-off
In an encouraging display of leadership, Laos and Cambodia defused a powder keg this weekend in time to avoid catastrophe

How India and Pakistan avoided a nuclear war
Pakistan celebrated its 70th anniversary yesterday and India celebrates today. Shall they be around for their 100th one too? It depends on how long their luck holds out, and if they can stop their mad rush to increase the chances of disaster.

Make Asean code of conduct negotiations count 
In 1986, the then-Philippines President Corazon Aquino met with China’s paramount leader Deng Xiaoping to discuss the South China Sea issue.

South Koreans lack a sense of looming crisis
All the latest developments show that the confrontation between the United States and North Korea is raising tensions to their highest level in recent years. 

Is China being left behind in sparring between US-N Korea?
AS THE United States and North Korea exchange fiery words over the isolated regime’s growing weapons programme China, the North’s biggest ally and trade partner, has receded into the background.

‘Influencer’ marketing needs legal and ethical tweaks
New advertising model is double-edged sword

South China Sea reclamation continues, despite denials
A Washington-based think tank has disproved the claims of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano that China is no longer doing reclamation work on any of the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Space needed for honest debate
Alienation grows when power is abused without discussion, corroding trust and respect 

A Sino-Indian clash could end the Asian century
Writing in these columns exactly a year ago I drew attention to the deteriorating Sino-Indian relationship, my attention piqued by news that the Indian government had sanctioned for deployment along the China border a hundred pieces of the hypersonic cruise missile Brahmos.

Base ruling on Samsung heir on evidence, statutes
There are several factors to be considered about the trial of Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of Samsung Group, who has been charged with bribery and other suspicions stemming from a corruption scandal involving ousted President Park Geun-hye. 



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