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Beijing’s ASEAN embrace : making hay while the sun shines
High profile visits by Xi Jinping to Indonesia and Malaysia in the past week have reinforced China's diplomatic outreach to ASEAN. With the United States paralysed by domestic wrangling, Bejing's embrace of ASEAN could ...
Assessing the progress of ace projects : a new approach
ASEAN governments put forth the vision for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) with high ambition. As stated in the 2007 Blueprint, the AEC aims to achieve a single market and production base, a competitive economic region, ...
ASEAN SMEs : same-day delivery services for more growth?
Global corporations are competing by offering same-day delivery services. ASEAN’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should adopt the same strategy for their own benefit as well as for ASEAN as a whole.
The Myanmar government and ethnic minorities : an unhappy marriage
The recent communal rioting in Meiktila has led critics to doubt the Myanmar government's ability to cope with its ethnic issue. Although outside efforts have failed to pressure Myanmar to institute improvements, the ...
ASEAN unity : from word to deed
The ASEAN Summit this week saw member states discuss issues such as ASEAN economic cooperation and the South China Sea disputes. The outcomes of the Summit suggest that the ASEAN community has the political will to move ...
"Going niche" for ASEAN economic community
ASEAN governments are having difficulty implementing 20 percent of the AEC Blueprint because of domestic constraints. However, the protectionist forces can be lessened to advance AEC by a strategy of niche production.