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Water wars: Mekong River another front in U.S.-China rivalry

The Mekong River has become a new front in U.S.-China rivalry, environmentalists and officials say, with Beijing overtaking Washington in both spending and influence over downstream countries at the mercy of its control of the river’s waters. It’s a confrontation in which the Trump administration – ...

Kay Johnson, Panu Wongcha-um

Mekong Region Grows More Important to China-US Relations

Amid increasingly tense China-U.S. relations, a U.S. official alluded to China but did not specifically name China regarding “risks” and “challenges” imposed by approaches to dam building and cross-border riverine practices in the Mekong region. At a workshop in Phnom Penh by the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation ...

Aun Chhengpor

The US-China trade war could wipe 0.2%-0.3% of Asean's GDP

The ongoing trade war between US and China, two of the largest economies in the world, could wipe out about 0.2% to 0.3% of the Asean region’s gross domestic product (GDP), says ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) chief economist Dr Khor Hoe Ee. Keep reading ...

US-China trade war may benefit Asean

The ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China is yielding more opportunities for Thailand and Asean to extend their grip on international trade, said Matthew Pottinger, an adviser to the Asia desk of the National Security Council (NSC).  Keep reading ...

‘US-China trade war to slow Asean’s economic progress’

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations  will not take the brewing trade conflict between the United States and China sitting down, as the regional bloc will urge the two economies to shun protectionism in favor of free trade at its 32nd summit this week. Leaders ...

Elijah Felice Rosales

What the US-China Struggle for Regional Dominance Means for Southeast Asia

How are Southeast Asian countries responding to growing tensions between the two powers? []Other Southeast Asian state — like Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and perhaps nominal U.S. ally Thailand — appear to be moving toward China, preferring China’s economic incentives over the benefits of U.S. military “protection.” Keep reading ...

Mark J. Valencia

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