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Southeast Asia links: Thailand's ageing king, change in Singapore, Vietnam-US relations and more



7 October 2014 08:09

  • The 86-year-old Thai King is recovering after being admitted to hospital this week. His health is of particular importance due to a bitter and divisive debate about succession that could provoke unrest.
  • HRW’s Phil Robertson slammed Myanmar's Rohingya plan as a 'blueprint for permanent segregation and statelessness'.
  • Two Myanmar men were arrested for the murder of two British tourists in Thailand. The handling of the investigation has been contentious and concern remains over the fairness of their trial.
  • Policymakers and corporate executives be aware: ‘Singaporeans are demanding a greater role in governance and more transparency in decision-making’, argues Ernie Bower.
  • In search of a way out of Thailand’s political quagmire,  Thitinan Pongsudhirak explores a ‘third way’. Meanwhile the new Thai army chief declared this week that there would be no coup against the current government. 
  • The BBC ran an excellent photo essay on the Konyak hill people (once a warrior headhunting tribe)  on the Myanmar-India border.
  • The US partially lifted its arms embargo to Vietnam this week. The move, which may have a significant impact for the South China Sea dispute, was criticised for not taking into account human rights.
  • Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, spoke (at 6.01mins) at CSIS's Banyan Tree Leadership Forum on US-Vietnam relations.

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