Category Archive: Neighbour Countries – Nachbarländer

Vietnam – Railway accidents on the rise.

Railway accidents increased during the first three months of 2015 compared with the same period of 2014. The railway accidents across the country increased by 30 compared with last year. These resulted in 37… Continue reading

Tsubasa – The new link between Phnom Penh and HCMC.

The $127 million Japanese-funded Tsubasa Bridge over the Mekong opened Monday, April 6, 2015. The longest Cambodian bridge is expected to increase the trade between Cambodia and its neighbor Vietnam, by easing transportation… Continue reading

Laos – A landlocked or landlinked pivot in SEA?

Laos as China’s pivot state for mainland ASEAN. (I) Laos as China’s pivot state for mainland ASEAN (II) This tiny and impoverished Southeast Asian state is ever more becoming the geopolitical fulcrum for the… Continue reading

Phnom Penh, March 19, 2015, 11.14 am

China’s Military Installations in the Spratly Islands.

Satellite Image Update. Recent high-resolution images show new areas of reclamation on Mischief and Subi Reefs, and intensive construction on Fiery Cross as well as several other reefs. By Victor Robert Lee  … Continue reading

Thai countdown for foreign migrant workers.

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodian, Laotian and Burmese migrant workers in Thailand have been given until June 30 to obtain new work permits from Thai authorities or face deportation. The Thai government approved… Continue reading

China is losing out on manufacturing to SEA.

China-ASEAN Wage Comparisons and the 70 Percent Production Capacity Benchmark. Total cost of labor (using minimum wage plus cost of welfare) is comparable in China, Thailand and Malaysia. But other countries are far… Continue reading

Myanmar Strives for Unity.

Myanmar sits at the strategic junction between China, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent – the site of the ancient Southern Silk Road.   Under British rule, the country was known as the… Continue reading

China offers billions to the Greater Mekong Region.

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang offered huge financial and technical support for infrastructure development projects in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS). The main proposals and projects: Five Chinese proposals on transport links, investment schemes,… Continue reading

China to build Thai fast track railways.

China agrees on deal to build 867 km of railways in Thailand.  . Thailand and China agreed to build 867 km (542 miles) of dual track railways in the Southeast Asian nation, in… Continue reading