The pandemic has given rise to an unstable bipolarity that, if left to deteriorate, could pave the way to a multipolar future.
Washington hopes such a deal would be a powerful counterweight to China’s efforts to impose its own digital standards in the region.
ASEAN has been put in an increasingly difficult position if it is to preserve its neutrality, assert its much-prized centrality in the region, and maintain cohesion.
Disruptions and disputes among the major powers with interests in the region should not hinder deeper cooperation if all players focus on trade and investment.
This is especially pertinent in this time of economic hardship for many women in the region.
While ASEAN welcomes great-power and partner support, member states are wary not to push Beijing too far.
Beijing is now seeking to turn the tide in its favor through fresh narratives centering on China’s goodwill in providing public goods for international cooperation.
A look at how the Belt and Road has put China in a more influential and favorable position than its critics would allow.
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The authors of two reports by the Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security in Washington, DC, highlight their key findings.
Given the challenge of finding the right drugs to treat malaria and the impact of climate change on its spread, scholars explore the malaria-cancer connection.
The economic downturn has prompted large-scale layoffs and deportations, and the unprecedented wave of returnees will have dramatic implications for national development.
For the ASEAN community as a whole to benefit from technology, economics should not be the sole determining driver.
Financial crises, rapid technological advances, shifting competitive advantages, and the pandemic are straining emerging Asian economies.
Running the government while finding ways to work with the powerful military has been made more complicated by Covid-19 and the resulting economic challenges.
While RCEP is useful and highlights the benefits of lower trade restrictions, it is not a major breakthrough.
APEC should lay out a strategic framework that sets a positive direction for reform and growth for the region and gives businesses the confidence to plan for the future.