It appears that Beijing is probing whether Biden will take action after pledging to work with allies to deter Chinese assertiveness.
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Buddhist monasteries are usually known as places of solace and meditation. But one in Myanmar’s biggest city became the site of an ugly brawl in the aftermath of the Feb. 1 military coup.
On Tuesday, ASEAN foreign ministers sought to balance calls for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi with avoiding any interference in the country’s internal affairs.
Companies and investors are weighing the impact of a military coup that has thrust the once-thriving nation into a state of emergency.
Myanmar’s army has plenty of examples in Asia of powerful elites that write rules favoring the establishment at election time.
Looming over myriad crises is the months of rallies where protesters have openly criticized the monarchy, Thailand’s most powerful institution.
Singapore’s ill-fated attempts to enliven tourism underscore the difficulties of getting any sort of travel up and running — even in a nation with few community cases.
Suu Kyi’s first year in office saw foreign direct investment hit $9.4 billion, a record, but that dropped down to $5.5 billion in the last financial year that ended on Sept. 30.
For Malaysia, where one coalition ruled for six straight decades until the 2018 election, it’s relatively new for the monarch to play such a prominent role in politics.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin denounced the move on Wednesday and challenged Anwar to prove his assertion.