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  • Q&A;: US-ASEAN Business Council Vice President Marc Mealy Says US-ASEAN Trade to Increase

    [Editor’s Note: VOA Khmer reporter Men Kimseng interviewed Marc Mealy, vice president for policy at the US-ASEAN Business Council, on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of US-ASEAN relations. The Council, based in Washington, D.C., is a trade association that... [full post]

  • China's Push to Study 'Xi Thought' Gets Mixed Reaction

    More than 20 universities in China have set up research centers to promote the so-called Xi Jinping thought — the vision of the country's increasingly powerful leader that was recently enshrined in the Communist Party's constitution. The push to study “Xi Thought” has some academic institutions competing for resources and aiming to be the first... [full post]

  • US, Chinese Officials Discuss Anti-drug Cooperation

    Days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared America's opioid epidemic a public health emergency and labeled China a main source of fentanyl, a powerful and addictive opioid, officials from both countries held talks in Beijing to discuss anti-drug intelligence and cooperation efforts. Chinese state media said that during the meetings both sides "solidified a clear... [full post]

  • Analysts: S. Korea, China Detente Good for Northeast Asia Stability

    China and South Korea's agreement this week to set aside differences over a U.S. missile defense system, in order to normalize relations after a year-long feud, likely could boost economic ties and stability in northeast Asia. Beijing restricted South Korean business on the mainland and Chinese tourism to the peninsula after Seoul announced in July... [full post]

  • China Stops Short on Pledges to Share Technology in a Disputed Sea

    A wind turbine installation vessel, developed in China for use near its coasts, is sparking new hope that the dominant party in a six-way maritime sovereignty dispute will share technology. But analysts warn Beijing seldom brings in outsiders. The Chinese government has a wide technological lead in the South China Sea sovereignty dispute with Taiwan... [full post]

  • As Trump Heads to E. Asia, Tillerson Takes More Forceful Tone Towards Beijing

    After what U.S. officials said was several months of deliberation among President Donald Trump’s national security team, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently took a rather strident tone towards China in a major speech that came just weeks before Trump’s first state visit to China. “The United States seeks constructive relations with China, but we... [full post]

  • ASEAN Leaders Face South China Sea, Regional Economic Development at Manila Meeting

    Tensions in the South China Sea have been mounting since 2010 when China boosted its presence in the 3.5 million-square-kilometers rich in fish and fuel reserves.

  • Vietnam Tech Startups Seek Next Phase

    There’s a short but not-so-simple question facing Vietnam’s technology startup fans: Now, what? The communist country was not immune to the startup craze that swept the globe, but much of the early period was spent talking about tech and all the local potential. In what could be called the next phase of the craze, Vietnam... [full post]

  • Rohingya Crisis Drags On as Bangladesh Arrivals Continue

    Fleeing violence at home, Kamal Hossain left Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State two months ago. But he didn’t arrive in Bangladesh until this week. The journey to the border involved a trek and then a wait as boatmen charged too much money. “So we swam across the river,” he said. More than two months after the... [full post]

  • Thailand Revokes Passports of Ousted Prime Minister

    Thailand says it has revoked the passports of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the country last month before facing sentencing in connection with a botched rice subsidy program. The Foreign Ministry says Yingluck carried two diplomatic passports and two personal ones. Yingluck was convicted by Thailand's supreme court in September on charges of... [full post]

  • Blockchain Technology Could Unblock Southeast Asia

    Imagine you could swipe your phone over a piece of fish in the supermarket and instantly see secure records of its entire path through the supply chain, from the technique used by the fisherman who caught it in Indonesia to when it was shipped and how it was processed at a factory in your home... [full post]

  • Hun Sen to Attend US-ASEAN Summit Alongside Trump

    A Cambodian government spokesman said the political situation in Cambodia was unlikely to be on the agenda at the summit in Manila on November 13.

  • Hun Sen Writes to Congratulate Chinese Premier on Re-Election

    In an unusual move, Hun Sen in April held a press conference to promote a book written in Khmer that lauds Xi’s leadership style.

  • Thais Bid Final Farewell to King

    Hundreds of thousands of people surrounded the Thai royal palace and millions more gathered at shrines around the country Thursday to bid their final farewells to their revered King Bhumibol Adulyedaj, after a year of official mourning. Dressed in black and amid tight security, 7,500 guests at the Grand Palace, including royals from as far... [full post]

  • US Allies in Asia to Handle Trump with Care

    The United States' key military allies in Asia are expected to focus on areas of mutual agreement when President Donald Trump makes his first official visit to the region. On November 3, President Trump will embark on a 12-day trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, where he will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)... [full post]

  • Thailand Begins Its Final Goodbye to King Bhumibol

    A ceremony in an ornate throne hall Thursday morning began the transfer of the remains of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej to his spectacular golden crematorium in the royal quarter of Bangkok after a year of mourning for the monarch Thais hailed as “Father.” Three separate and intensely solemn processions involving thousands of troops, a golden... [full post]

  • Hong Kong Publisher Gui Minhai Released, but Still Missing

    International concerns about the safety and whereabouts of a Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai, who was seized by Chinese authorities in Thailand two years ago, is growing after China claimed he was released last Tuesday. More than a week has passed, and Gui has not contacted any of his family or friends, despite Beijing’s claim... [full post]

  • Bangladesh, Myanmar Journalists Face Obstacles Reporting Rohingya Story

    For journalists from Bangladesh and Myanmar, the Rohingya crisis is a big news story that demands both aggressive reporting and a sensitive approach. Even for the most experienced reporters in both countries are having difficulty to report from the other side. Though diplomatic ties are intact, relations between Bangladesh and Myanmar are strained over the... [full post]

  • Philippines Faces New Fights After Declaring End to War Against Muslim Insurgents

    The end of a five-month war against Islamic State-backed Muslim rebels in the Philippines is now challenging the government to stop any retaliatory strikes and pay a multi-million dollar reconstruction bill -- or risk more discontent. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Monday the battle between his troops and the Maute Group of Muslim rebels has... [full post]

  • China Unveils New Leadership With no Clear Successor for Xi

    China’s ruling Communist Party has unveiled a new leadership lineup for its top decision making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, the apex of power in the world’s second largest economy. In a break with past precedence, however, there was no clear successor among the new appointees, yet another sign some analysts say of Chinese leader... [full post]