Saturday 23 Feb 2019 | 17:26 | SYDNEY
Saturday 23 Feb 2019 | 17:26 | SYDNEY

Southeast Asia links: Thai martial law, South China Sea, MH370, Laos, Vietnam and more



20 May 2014 15:10

  • China will tolerate a degree of tension with its neighbours as it continues to assert its claims in the South China Sea, particularly as ASEAN has struggled to reach consensus, says Murray Hiebert in a paper for YaleGlobal.
  • The other cost of the MH370 tragedy: Malaysia Airlines' first quarter results.
  • The 'long arms of the law' haven't just been responsible for the ousting of Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra. 'Across Asia, judges are having too much say in politics', argues an excellent piece in The Economist.
  • Thailand's military enacted the martial law act today. New Mandala earlier looked at some of the road blocks to a resolution to the crisis, including the battle against corruption and the continuing problems of the country's 'juristocracy'. (Thanks Milton)
  • CSIS hosted an excellent forum on the political situation in Thailand which explained US interests in the country and how the deadlock could end.
  • Laos' Defence Chief was killed in a plane crash on Saturday.
  • In what could be a decisive position in her long battle for a change to the constitution so that she can run for president, Daw Aung San Sui Kyi said at a large opposition party rally on Saturday that 'if military officials want to play in politics…they should quit the army.'
  • Vietnam should sue CNOOC, argues James Manicom in a Pacific Forum-CSIS paper.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines releases images of Chinese development on the contested area of Mabini Reef in the South China Sea.

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