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Vietnamese Defense Paper Warns of “Interference” in Its Relations with Cambodia

PHNOM PENH — Vietnam has raised concerns about “interference” and “division” in its bilateral ties with Cambodia in the recently released “Defense White Paper 2019”, with observers saying it was likely referring to Phnom Penh’s growing proximity to Beijing. Vietnam’s defense ministry released the “Defense White Paper 2019” on November 25, with VOA Khmer obtaining […]

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15 Killed In Deadliest Attack To Hit Thailand’s Restive South In Years

Gunmen opened fire on security forces and civilian volunteers at a checkpoint in Thailand’s restive south on Tuesday night, killing at least 15 people in what is believed to be the deadliest single attack in the region in years. More than 7,000 people have been killed since a separatist rebellion started in southern Thailand in […]

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Defense Policy Exchange Spotlights Vietnam-Laos Military Cooperation

A recent interaction spotlighted ongoing efforts by the two sides to make advances in their security collaboration. ast week, Vietnam and Laos held what was officially characterized as a new defense policy exchange between the two countries. The interaction spotlighted some of the ongoing efforts by the two sides to continue to make inroads in […]

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Why Trump Has Gotten Extra Tough in Monitoring China at Sea

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – U.S. President Donald Trump is getting more aggressive toward Chinese activity in a disputed Asian sea compared to his predecessors, because the U.S. government fears China has expanded too far to overlook, analysts in the region believe. The U.S. government has stepped up military support over the past two years for countries […]

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Drones, big money and cheap drugs: The Laos route spewing meth into Thailand

NAKHON PHANOM, THAILAND (AFP) – As dusk falls along the Mekong River, a nightly dance begins between Thai border security and Laos drug gangs now using drones, scouts and a pool of poor fishermen to shift record amounts of meth into Thailand. Landlocked, secretive and with ungovernable borders, Laos has become a sluice for transporting […]

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F-35s Unlikely, Taiwan Upgrades F-16s Fighters to Counter China

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwan is upgrading a fleet of American-made fighter jets, but may scrap ambitions to acquire the more advanced F-35 models, showing the limits of U.S.-Taiwan military cooperation despite a common interest of resisting China. The Air Force should get its first four upgraded F-16 A/B fighter jets in early 2019. The upgrades […]

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Postpone Vote on Vietnam Free Trade Agreement

(Brussels) – The European Parliament and the European Council should postpone the ratification of the proposed EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement until the Vietnamese government takes concrete steps to improve its increasingly abusive human rights record, Human Rights Watch said today. In Vietnam’s latest move to restrict rights, a new draconian cybersecurity law went into effect […]

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Myanmar Court Sentences Reuters Journalists Investigating Government Rohingya Killings to Seven Years in Prison

A judge in Myanmar, on Monday, found two Reuters journalists guilty of unlawfully possessing state secrets, sentencing them to seven years in prison, in a decision that is widely considered to be retribution by the government for the pair’s reporting on the killing of 10 Rohingya men and boys by state security forces. The case […]

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China Accused of Hacking Cambodian Government Institutions

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Cyberattackers have been caught hacking key Cambodian government institutions in what is strongly believed to be a coordinated Chinese government attack ahead of elections set for this month, a U.S. cybersecurity firm has alleged. Cambodia’s National Election Committee, Senate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, and Ministry of Economy and […]

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Vietnamese Petitioner Sets Himself on Fire Outside Government Office

A Vietnamese man frustrated by the outcome of a court case set himself ablaze in a protest Monday morning outside a government inspection office in the capital Hanoi, state media and witnesses at the scene said. Bui Huu Tuan, aged about 57 and a resident of Hop Dong village in the Chuong My district outside […]