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For Simon Tay's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 7, 2014

Why ASEAN has not condemned Thailand

It is not a given that ASEAN won't condemn Thailand's recent military coup. At present, though, most neighbors regard the events as an internal matter while more than two-thirds of Thais surveyed report being happier now than before the intervention.

May 22, 2014

Regional reactions to the protests in Vietnam

Reversing China's oil-drilling activities in a part of the South China China also claimed by Vietnam may be asking too much. But it will take more than Washington's finger wagging to convince Beijing that there is real cost against taking further steps.

Oct 22, 2013

Asia's (re)invitation to Obama

Now that President Barack Obama has earned some weeks of breathing space in his budget battle with Republicans, he should pay an off-schedule trip to Asia to make up for the canceled one. Now that President Barack Obama has earned some weeks of breathing space ...

Oct 17, 2013

Making do without Obama

More attention has been given to U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to cancel his trip to Asia because of Beltway politics than to what the regional ministers did without him.

Aug 15, 2013

China, ASEAN at crossroads

Rising tensions in the South China Sea have roiled ASEAN-China relations. Yet there is now agreement to begin consultations on a Code of Conduct.