The Philippines’ Coronavirus Lockdown Is Becoming a Crackdown

The Philippines’ Coronavirus Lockdown Is Becoming a Crackdown

Advertisement On March 12, hours before Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced a community quarantine would be implemented in Metro Manila due to the coronavirus outbreak, an informal settlement in the city was demolished, leaving the vast majority of its more than 1,000 residents homeless. Days later, the quarantine was made into an island-wide lockdown of Luzon, where Manila is located, and many municipalities implemented curfews and other restrictions on movement.…

Indonesia Is Reconsidering Contract With South Korea for 3 Diesel-Electric Submarines

Indonesia Is Reconsidering Contract With South Korea for 3 Diesel-Electric Submarines

Advertisement The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) is reportedly reconsidering an estimated $900 million contract with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for a second batch of three Type 209/1400 Nagapasa-class (Chang Bogo-class) diesel-electric attack submarines (SSK) for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut), Jane’s reports on April 1. The principal reason behind the MoD’s move to reevaluate the contract is to reportedly reduce defense expenditure…

Defense Ministers Interaction Highlights China-Singapore Security Ties

Defense Ministers Interaction Highlights China-Singapore Security Ties

Advertisement Last week, the defense ministers from China and Singapore held a scheduled phone call. The interaction spotlighted the state of the security ties between the two countries amid wider trends and developments in the broader bilateral relationship in recent years. As I have noted before in these pages, Singapore-China diplomatic ties – formally opened in 1990 but dating back decades previously too – have been growing to include a…

What Did the 2020 China-Cambodia Golden Dragon Military Exercise Actually Achieve?

What Did the 2020 China-Cambodia Golden Dragon Military Exercise Actually Achieve?

Advertisement On March 30, China and Cambodia completed the recent iteration of their joint military exercise. The conduct of the exercise and its messaging thereafter spotlighted how both sides are viewing the interaction amid wider trends and developments in the relationship and in the region more broadly. As I have observed before in these pages, while Cambodia has long had a defense relationship with China, the security aspect of ties…

Southeast Asia’s Teenage Extremists

Southeast Asia’s Teenage Extremists

Advertisement Since 2015, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs has publicly reported four cases of teenage radicalization. All four teenagers identified were radicalized by acquaintances online and displayed sympathy to a foreign conflict in “jihad” zones like Syria and Iraq. Other countries globally, and in Southeast Asia, have also seen the same trend of teenage radicalization, which continues even after the demise of the so-called Islamic State (IS) caliphate.  This has…

China-Laos Relations in Focus with New Railway Project Milestone

China-Laos Relations in Focus with New Railway Project Milestone

Advertisement Last week, China and Laos began track laying work in the China-Laos railway project between the two countries, which, once built, is set to be the longest railway in Asia outside of China. The milestone spotlighted the development of a key infrastructure project within the broader bilateral relationship between the two countries. While China and Laos established diplomatic relations back in 1961, tensions continued to persist through the Cold…