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

Myanmar fails transition test…….

……with brutal crackdown on students and monks. The return of sponsored thugs was a shock, but the government can still pass the challenges of democratization. Students marching in a largely peaceful nationwide demonstration found… Continue reading

Cambodia: “Work faster or get out!”

Clothes retailers accused of labor abuses in Cambodia. Labor violations, union busting and corruption are common norm in Cambodia’s garment industry, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch. Workers in Cambodia’s… 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

US “Pivot” Sends Asia Fleeing Toward China.

When former-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the US “pivot to Asia,” she and the policy wonks who dreamed it up probably imagined it as a well choreographed geopolitical masterstroke. In reality,… Continue reading

Myanmar – Student movements are rising once again.

Myanmar marches towards a moment of truth. At the forefront of political activism since colonial times, student movements are rising once again in a nationwide protest. Following the 1998 crackdown on student-led demonstrations… Continue reading

Conférence : Cuisine populaire cambodgienne

Originally posted on Sinogastronomie:
J’ai eu la chance d’assister hier (21 février 2014), à l’antenne phnom-penhoise du Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), à une conférence de Hart Feuer, intitulée « Urban Brokers of Rural Cuisine :…

China’s island-building spree is about more than just military might

Originally posted on Quartz:
China’s playing Monopoly in the South China Sea—only, instead of building hotels on Pacific Avenue, it’s constructing helipads and, in some cases, whole new islands. In less than a…

Myanmar Army to end underage recruitment?

The Myanmar Army has taken action against 327 soldiers who were involved in underage recruitment last year. The Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) is now escalating efforts to remove underage soldiers with 50 officers and 277… Continue reading