Southeast Asia

People prepare dinner at the Shitthaung camp for displaced people in Mrauk U, myanmar,

To Fight the Coronavirus, Myanmar Needs a Cease-Fire in Rakhine

With humanitarian aid and internet services restricted, the conflict-torn state could soon face a public health disaster.

Protesters march on the street chanting and carrying anti-China slogans on Nov. 20, 2018 in Makati, Philippines.

Southeast Asia is Ground Zero in the New U.S.-China Conflict—and Beijing Is Winning

‘Under Beijing’s Shadow’ lays out in compelling detail how China is working to dominate the region.

A recent landslide at Gwi Hka jade mining site in Myanmar.

After Another Mining Disaster, Ethnic Minorities Lose Patience With Myanmar’s Leadership

For those in the borderlands, the recent landslide in Kachin state is a symptom of the government’s empty promises.

Artists perform on stage at the end of the opening ceremony of the 36th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Hanoi on June 26.

Vietnam Steps Up to Take ASEAN Leadership Role

Hanoi’s strong position on China and COVID-19 success bolster its status.

Coronavirus Health Checks Malaysia

Malaysia’s Coronavirus Scapegoats

Undocumented migrants and refugees are caught in the crossfire of Malaysia’s coronavirus response and a xenophobic backlash.

Soldiers respond to coronavirus in the Philippines

The Pandemic Has Given Armies in Southeast Asia a Boost

In Indonesia and the Philippines, military leaders are managing the coronavirus response—with lasting political repercussions.

Scarecrows known as ting mong stand guard in front of homes in Takeo, Kandal, and Kampong Speu provinces in Cambodia to ward off the coronavirus in May.

In Cambodia, a Spiritual Army Battles an Earthly Pandemic

With little faith in the government’s coronavirus response, many rural Cambodians are turning to the divine.

Coronavirus Misinformation Arrests in Indonesia

Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics

In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.

Bangladeshi security personnel attend to emaciated Rohingya refugees following their arrival by boat in Teknaf on April 16, after nearly two months at sea.

As Rohingya Boats Keep Sailing, Southeast Asia Turns a Blind Eye

With the coronavirus now an excuse for inaction, the threat to the embattled minority is growing ever sharper.

Firefighters spray disinfectant in Yangon, Myanmar.

In Myanmar, the Coronavirus Gives Nationalists an Opening

In its delayed response to the pandemic, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government prioritizes the country’s ethnic majority.

Cambodians dry fish in a village along the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh in 2019, the year the country faced one of the worst droughts in modern history.

In the Mekong, a Confluence of Calamities

Drought coupled with the coronavirus pandemic spells danger for food security.

Police block drivers in Cambodia during the coronavirus pandemic

Hun Sen’s Coronavirus Crackdown

The Cambodian prime minister is using the pandemic as cover to silence his remaining critics.

A fisherman floats on the Mekong River in Thailand

Science Shows Chinese Dams Are Devastating the Mekong

New data demonstrates a devastating effect on downstream water supplies that feed millions of people.

Malaysian police officers stop vehicles at a roadblock

Malaysia’s Preventable Coronavirus Disaster

The country’s newest leaders should have jumped into action immediately. Instead, they wasted precious weeks jockeying over cabinet positions.

Visitors to Luang Prabang town, Laos, a world heritage site, are drastically lower than usual

Claims of a Coronavirus-Free Laos Are Probably Fiction

China’s poor rural neighbor says it has no cases. That’s unlikely to be true.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen

Xi’s Fake History Lesson for Hun Sen

Eager to appease his benefactor in Beijing, the Cambodian leader is excluding China’s role from the Khmer Rouge narrative.

Venezuelan dancers welcome the Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark on its arrival at the port of La Guaira, Venezuela, on Sept. 22, 2018.

China’s Military Can’t Deliver on Humanitarian Promises

Amid the coronavirus crisis, the PLA has been missing in action.

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