Time for Vietnam’s next generation of clean leaders to step up

Last year marked the mid-point between Vietnam’s five yearly National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). The eighth plenum of the CPV Central Committee met in October to initiate planning for the 13th Congress in 2021. Keep reading ...

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi cancels Lowy Institute lecture

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is “not feeling well” and has pulled out of delivering a keynote speech in Sydney on Tuesday. Key points: Lowy Institute Lecture was set to be Suu Kyi’s only public arrangement in Australia Suu Kyi facing criticism over plight ...

Caitlyn Gribbin

Cambodia: From pet project to problem child

As international condemnation began to pour in earlier this month lambasting the Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the country’s largest opposition party, ruling party elites were quick to ask: Why us?[]Just days after the Supreme Court decision, outspoken CPP member Heng Ratana boasted, “No country ...

Andrew Nachemson

NEC ends complaint review

The National Election Committee on January 26 said it had wrapped its 11-day review of complaints alleging that foreigners had registered for the provisional voter list, finding just two of the 142 suits of complaints worthy of further investigation. The 142 separate complaints raised questions about ...

Foreign ministers move to enhance, deepen friendly Laos-Cambodia relations

Lao and Cambodian governments are looking toward to steps in furthering bilateral cooperation and further deepening friendly relations following an exchange visits by high-ranking delegations. Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith and his delegation paid official visited to Cambodia from January 24-25 in ...

Party urges public participation in fight against corruption

Every Party and government organisation, the Lao Front for National Construction and other mass organisations, the mass media and the general public must actively combat autocracy and join the fight against corruption. This was the call from the Party Central Committee to people across the ...

Thein Sein recalls Myanmar's reform process

Former president says daunting challenges remain in Myanmar’s democratic transition. “I never dreamt of becoming president,” said Thein Sein, who stepped down as Myanmar president last year after a historic five-year term. Speaking at a regional forum in central Japan, he added that “the situation ...

Vietnam, Cambodia want to consolidate ties: PMs

Top government leaders of Vietnam and Cambodia have expressed wishes to cement and develop bilateral ties in the spirit of “good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, all-faceted and long-lasting cooperation”.  During talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on December 20, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech ...

Thailand's crown prince becomes country's new king

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, became Thailand’s new king on December 1 after he accepted an invitation from parliament to succeed his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October. King Bhumibol, 88, was widely loved and regarded as a pillar of stability during decades of ...

Thailand 'ready to bridge' G20 and G77

Thailand is ready to serve as a bridge linking the Group of 20’s major industrialised economies and the developing economies in the Group of 77, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says. Gen Prayut was speaking on September 4 as he attended the two-day G20 summit in Hangzhou, China ...

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