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China to build Kra Canal across Thailand to bypass Malacca Strait


According to The Diplomat’s article “Thailand’s Kra Canal: China’s Way Around the Malacca Strait” on April 6, the 200-year-old dream about the canal might finally become a reality under China’s Belt and Road. The article says, “Most recently, the Thai-Chinese Cultural and Economic Association and the European Association for Business and Commerce participated in a … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 7, 2015


A day which shall live in infamy. While the world pauses to remember the day the US was provoked into entering WWII, the headlines paused over China the week before. All eyes, including Thailand’s, are on violence from the Mid East. China and Taiwan swap spies. US and China swap hackers. China and Russia swap … Continue reading

Thai navy buys 3 Chinese submarines


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Chinese media thepaper.cn reported that Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said that the Thai navy had approved its plan to purchase three Chinese submarines valued at $1.1 billion. 14 of the 17 members of Thai Navy’s purchase committee voted for the purchase … Continue reading

China announces strategically important Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: A memorandum of cooperation among various enterprises on the construction of Kra Canal in Thailand has been signed in Guangzhou China. The canal, located at Kra Isthmus, will enable ships to bypass the Malacca Strait so as to shorten their voyage by 1,200 km. It … Continue reading

South China now favoured way out of country for IS recruits


China’s southern seaboard has replaced the mountainous and tightly guarded western frontier as the preferred route for Islamic extremists to slip recruits out of the country, according to a leading expert on terrorism. Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, claimed that “over … Continue reading

Tug-of-war between China, Turkey over suspected Uighurs in Thailand


Jiang Zemin was wise to allow Fang Lizhi, Wang Dan and others to leave China, while Hu Jintao was wise to allow Chen Guangcheng to leave China. It is hoped that Xi Jinping is as wise to allow the Uighur Muslims to leave China for Turkey, as long as Turkey is able to prevent them … Continue reading

Southeast Asia attracts more foreign direct investment than China for second year


Southeast Asia’s major economies drew more foreign direct investment combined than China for the second straight year in 2014, as growth in their giant neighbour cooled. But by country, inflows into the region were uneven, swayed by political change and the varying costs of doing business. Overall FDI into Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand … Continue reading

Thailand boosts military ties with China amid U.S. spat


China has improved military ties with Thailand in efforts it believes will displease the US yet again. As China’s Uighur Islamic extremists go to join Islamic extremists in the Middle East through Thailand, cooperation with Thailand in intelligence sharing and the struggle against transnational crimes is important for China. In the long run, China may … Continue reading

China’s charm offensive: $3 billion attempt to buy good relations with South East Asia


After his successful charm offensive in central and eastern Europe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang directed the same offensive at South East Asia. According to a Reuters report, the Chinese government’s mouthpiece Xinhua said in its report yesterday that Li has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbours Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand … Continue reading

China seeks to become “capital” of South East Asia, by extending high-speed rail


A favourite export from China to its neighbours these days are high-speed rail lines designed to make trade routes in the vast stretches of Asia more accessible and fortify Chinese dreams of turning its southern reaches into the capital of mainland Southeast Asia. But not everyone wants to be bound so close. A rail project … Continue reading

Philippines urges unity for South East Asian nations in China sea dispute


The Philippines is pushing for a meeting among four Southeast Asian nations with conflicting claims to waters in the South China Sea so that they can hammer out a common stand in dealings with China, Manila‘s foreign minister said on Friday. Manila is waging a territorial dispute with China over the Spratlys and the Scarborough … Continue reading

Japanese investment in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times amount invested in China


Japanese companies‘ investments in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times the amount invested in China, after relations between Beijing and Tokyo soured in 2012 and Chinese labor costs rose, a government agency of Japan said on Friday. Japanese companies invested 2.33 trillion yen ($22.8 billion) in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines … Continue reading

China to bypass Malacca Strait by Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand


The following article was translated from Chinese media: The trade route to the Indian Ocean through the Malacca Strait has the problems of pirates, shipwrecks, haze, sediment and shoals. Its rate of accidents is twice as high as the Suez Canal and four times higher than the Panama Canal. An alternative shorter route is to build … Continue reading

Women biggest buyers of voodoo dolls in China


A search for voodoo dolls on China’s online shopping platform Taobao yields thousands of results, with most of the 6,000 comments posted by females, according to the Chengdu-based West China City Daily. Among the voodoo curses are those that target former boyfriends, colleagues, bosses, and women who steal boyfriends. A Taobao merchant claimed that his … Continue reading

Thailand shocked by ‘rude’ Chinese tourists


The successful, low-budget Chinese comedy Lost in Thailand has lured tens of thousands of Chinese tourists to Chiang Mai, but they left locals in Thailand’s historic and culturally rich northern city complaining. After seeing a record number of Chinese tourists over the Lunar New Year holiday, some locals described what they experienced as “cultural clashes”, … Continue reading

Thailand to use China’s GPS system


Thailand has become the first overseas client of BeiDou, China’s home-made satellite navigation network designed to challenge the dominance of the American GPS array. According to the South China Morning Post, China National Radio said a 2 billion yuan (9.5 billion baht) agreement to promote the use of BeiDou in Thailand’s public sector was signed in … Continue reading

From elephants’ mouths, a shameful and illicit trail of ivory to China


Asian demand every year is about 220 tons of raw ivory: equalling the lives of roughly 20,000 elephants. Chinese investors have anointed it “white gold.” Carvers and collectors prefer the term “organic gemstone.” Smugglers, however, use a gruesome straightforward name for the recently harvested African elephant tusks that find their way to this remote trading … Continue reading

China’s live broadcast of executions for crimes allegedly committed abroad


One of Asia’s most notorious drug kingpins has reportedly been executed in China for the massacre of 13 Chinese sailors – with his last moments being broadcast live on national television. He was captured in Laos and extradited to China, even though the crimes he is alleged to have committed happened in Thailand. There were … Continue reading

Japan’s Abe turns to South East Asia to counter China


The last time he was prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe‘s inaugural foreign trip was to China. In the job again 7 years later and relations with Beijing now chilly, Abe is turning first this time to the rising economic stars of Southeast Asia. A hawkish Abe wants them to help counterbalance the growing economic … Continue reading

China-Laos high-speed railway link meets fierce western opposition


According to Ming Pao’s exclusive report, Indochina has become an emerging hot spot for investment as Southeast Asian countries hope to establish an economic commonwealth by 2015. In 2006, about 20 Asian countries signed an agreement on an Asian railway network. The China–Laos high-speed railway will be part of the network. For China, the railway … Continue reading

China: America’s Asian pivot misguided and dangerous; trust and economic cooperation better


Today the freshly re-elected President Obama is heading for Asia, taking in Cambodia, Burma and Thailand. His trip, the first since he won the election, is clearly aimed to secure friends in a region that is increasingly important. Sadly the core US strategy of military presence hasn’t changed, and for as long as America believes … Continue reading

Japan firms turn to booming Southeast Asia, hedging China risks


Almost a quarter of Japanese manufacturers are re-thinking their China investment plans. Japanese firms, encouraged to expand abroad by a strong yen, are increasingly using Southeast Asia as an alternative manufacturing base to balance their China risks. Japanese government and business leaders have also been among the fastest to tap the potential of Myanmar’s dramatic … Continue reading

China snubs SE Asia push for South China Sea deal


China is stonewalling attempts to start talks on a multilateral “code of conduct” governing the strategically located South China Sea and an agreement could still be years away, Southeast Asian officials said on Monday. Beijing‘s assertion of sovereignty over the vast stretch of the water has set it directly against Vietnam and the Philippines, while … Continue reading

Hong Kong: 65 percent of parents believe foreign English teachers offer better education


A survey of 300 households in Hong Kong showed that 65 percent of parents believe a foreign teacher of English can offer better education than a local teacher. In response, early childhood education experts have issued statements reminding parents and institutions to check the qualifications of foreign educators during the hiring process. Experts also warn … Continue reading

More US firms may shift some business from China to ASEAN


A growing number of U.S. companies plan to shift some operations from China to Southeast Asia in the next two years as confidence in countries such as the Philippines improves, a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore showed. AmCham Singapore said on Thursday its survey of 356 senior executives working for U.S. … Continue reading

Marine forces of China, Thailand to hold joint training exercise


Marine forces of China and Thailand will hold a joint military training in South China’s Guangdong province from May 9 to 29, sources with Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday. The training, codenamed Blue Commando-2012, will be conducted in Zhanjiang and Shanwei of the province in line with an agreement reached by the two countries’ … Continue reading

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