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Authoritarianism amplified in the Mekong region (Nguyen Khac Giang, East Asia Forum)

The Mekong region started 2021 with a blow as the Myanmar military overthrew the country’s democratically elected government. The coup, which ironically happened on the 10th anniversary of Myanmar’s democratisation, cast a grim outlook over the region’s political landscape in 2021, which was also marred by COVID-19 and the great power competition between the United States and China.

Authoritarianism amplified in the Mekong region | East Asia Forum