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(Southeast Asia/Pandemic) Is there a way out of Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 disaster? (East Asia Forum)

Swee Kheng Khor writes for East Asia Forum: The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been kind to Southeast Asian countries. The region is experiencing accelerated national-level tragedies played out in accelerated speed. Only three Southeast Asian countries have any semblance of control. Brunei has had no community transmission since May 2020. Singapore has done comparatively more tests (2.2 tests per capita to Indonesia’s mere 0.04 per capita). And Vietnam has the region’s lowest mortality rate (0.71 per million — impressive given its population of 96 million).

go to East Asia Forum website: Is there a way out of Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 disaster? | East Asia Forum

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Southeast Asia – Finding a new approach to water security in Southeast Asia (Angelo Paolo L. Trias, The Interpreter)

Flooding in Indonesia’s Bandung district from overflow of the Citarum River, which displaced nearly 60,000 people, 24 May 2021 (Algi Febri Sugita/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Finding a new approach to water security in Southeast Asia (lowyinstitute.org)

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Southeast Asia/USA/China – Is Southeast Asia ready for a US-China tech decoupling? (The Interpreter)

Media reports have pointed to new fronts opening up in US-China tech competition (丁亦然/Unsplash)

Media reports have pointed to new fronts opening up in US-China tech competition (丁亦然/Unsplash)

MANOJ HARJANI

Some regional countries have sought to diversify. But this doesn’t necessarily mean choosing sides.

Is Southeast Asia ready for a US-China tech decoupling? | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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China/Southeast Asia/Pandemic – Covid-19 pandemic and China’s rising soft power in mainland Southeast Asia (ThinkChina)

Vannarith Chheang

The Covid-19 pandemic provides a window of opportunity for China to exert its international leadership and influence. It has managed to turn the crisis into a diplomatic and strategic opportunity in mainland Southeast Asia and elsewhere. Public health diplomacy has become one of the key sources of China’s soft power projection, enhancing China’s image and influence. Cambodia and Laos have been most receptive to China’s public health diplomacy, including its vaccine diplomacy, while Thailand and Myanmar also have welcomed Chinese assistance. But Vietnam has been reluctant to endorse China’s Covid-19 assistance, including receiving Chinese vaccines.

https://www.thinkchina.sg/covid-19-pandemic-and-chinas-rising-soft-power-mainland-southeast-asia

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USA/Southeast Asia – Biden Versus Trump in Southeast Asia: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
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MALCOLM COOK

Southeast Asian leaders, senior officials and the region’s geopolitics commentariat place great stock in the personal engagement, or not, of the US president with his Southeast Asian counterparts.

Biden Versus Trump in Southeast Asia: Where the Rubber Meets the Road


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Southeast Asia – Post-Covid disaster governance in Southeast Asia (The Interpreter)

ANGELO PAOLO L. TRIAS,  ALISTAIR D.B. COOK

The pandemic revealed a narrow focus on natural hazards,
lacking the systems needed for an increasingly complex world.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/post-covid-disaster-governance-southeast-asia

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North Korea/Southeast Asia – North Korea’s dwindling relations with Southeast Asia (East Asia Forum)

Liang Tuang Nah, RSIS

For much of its history, North Korea has not only lived up to its reputation as a rogue state but also appeared able to commit misdeeds with impunity. Numerous South Korean and Japanese citizens have been abducted by North Korea, and evidence exists that Dutch, French and Italian nationals, along with four Malaysians, have been kidnapped as well.

North Korea’s dwindling relations with Southeast Asia

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(China/Southeast Asia/Vaccine Diplomacy) China’s vaccine diplomacy stumbles in Southeast Asia (Al Jazeera)

Richard Javad Heydarian

Delays and concerns about the efficacy and politics of China’s vaccine shipments plague its vaccine drive in the region.

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/4/5/chinas-vaccine-diplomacy-stumbles-in-southeast-asia

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(Southeast Asia/USA) What Southeast Asia wants from the Biden presidency (East Asia Forum)

Dewi Fortuna Anwar, P2P-LIPI

Southeast Asians are predisposed to welcome the Biden presidency after four years of tumultuous US foreign policy under Donald Trump. There is a general belief that President Biden’s foreign policy will be similar to that under the former president Barack Obama, given that Biden served as vice president in that administration. But the United States faces an uphill battle to re-engage and strengthen its alliances and partnerships in the region.

What Southeast Asia wants from the Biden presidency

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