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Kali Adem port, north of Jakarta, is flooded due to rising sea levels and land subsidence. Climate change has a dire impact on the lives and livelihoods of coastal communities, therefore exacerbating maritime security challenges.
Jun 12, 2024
Climate change threatens security in the Indo-Pacific
Leaders need to recognize that climate change is a maritime security challenge due to its impact on coastal regions, which exacerbates old problems and creates new ones.
If Donald Trump were to win a second term, his aggressive stance toward China and inclination for protectionist measures could complicate the situation for Southeast Asian nations.
May 8, 2024
What a second Trump term could mean for Southeast Asia
Donald Trump has made bold promises about U.S.-China policy that, if enacted, would transform the world.
Tourists visit Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan in Bangkok in January.
Apr 8, 2024
Thailand leads push for six-nation visa to attract more tourists
The plan is meant to ensure seamless mobility for travelers among neighboring countries.
Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected government in a coup on Feb. 1, 2021, presides over an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on March 27, 2021.
Mar 25, 2024
Thailand starts aid deliveries to Myanmar under plan aimed at managing conflict
The first batch of 4,000 relief bags carrying rice, dried food, and other essentials for 20,000 people was delivered in a convoy by the Thai Red Cross.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim hold a joint press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 12, 2024
Scholz meets with ASEAN leaders, looking to reduce China dependency
China still dominates the supply of raw materials needed to make electric-vehicle batteries, solar panels and other high-tech products.
The Yarra River in Melbourne. The leaders of every ASEAN member, bar Myanmar, were in Australia for a three-day summit to commemorate 50 years of relations.
Mar 4, 2024
Australia and Southeast Asia push to bolster ties in China’s shadow
The leaders of every ASEAN member, bar Myanmar, were in Australia for a three-day summit to commemorate 50 years of relations.
Exit polls show Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto (right) decisively winning the first round of voting for the presidency, eliminating the need for a runoff. The size and scale the election means finalizing the count will take weeks.
Feb 16, 2024
Prabowo’s win signals continuity for Indonesia and the region
Prabowo is likely to be more engaged in foreign policy, mostly because outgoing President Joko Widodo had been largely uninterested.
Asia's pandemic-era policies must now be unwound against a backdrop of slower GDP growth, higher inflation and increased debt.
Feb 4, 2024
A new economic policy agenda for Asia
Asia's pandemic-era policies must now be unwound against a backdrop of slower GDP growth, higher inflation and increased debt.
People gather on top of Tata Consultancy Services pavilion on which a slogan related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) is displayed, during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,on Tuesday.
Jan 18, 2024
Philippines to propose ASEAN AI regulatory framework
The move will be a challenge in ASEAN, a region comprised of 10 countries with widely differing views on censorship, intellectual property, misinformation and social media.
ASEAN leaders and their spouses release paper lanterns into the air with students from ASEAN member states during a lighting ceremony for the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit at Azabudai Hills in Tokyo on Sunday.
Dec 18, 2023
With China in mind, Japan expands security ties with ASEAN
At a leaders summit, the two sides agreed to deepen security ties in areas such as defense equipment and joint training and exercises.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at a summit meeting of the Asia Zero Emission Community held at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 18, 2023
Kishida vows to take lead in decarbonization in Asia
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan will try to create a huge "decarbonization market" capable of attracting investment from around the world to Asia.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (center) and ASEAN leaders join hands during a photo session during a summit meeting in Tokyo on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 17, 2023
Japan and ASEAN vow to widen cooperation after 50 years of ties
The agreement came as Tokyo bolsters alliances with the Global South to counter Beijing's growing regional influence.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim at the start of a bilateral meeting in Tokyo on Saturday
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 16, 2023
Japan-ASEAN summit aims to advance 'security cooperation'
Japan is also expected to use the summit to push energy cooperation as it seeks to export emissions-reducing tech that critics have questioned.
Prime Minster Fumio Kishida joins ASEAN leaders for a family photo before the start of the ASEAN-Japan summit in Jakarta in September.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 14, 2023
With eye on China, Japan and ASEAN to unveil ‘new vision’ for ties
The three-day summit will see the two sides launch a wide range of cooperation initiatives.
Participants at the Japan-U.S.-EU Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Week for the Indo-Pacific Region speak with each other during a hands-on training exercise in Tokyo on Oct. 12.
Dec 12, 2023
Boosting regional cybersecurity is critical in a connected world
In a bid to tackle the issue, Japan and eight members of ASEAN have agreed to strengthen private-sector cybersecurity collaboration.
Ethnic Ta'ang National Liberation Army fighters stand guard at a check point in the town of Namhkam in Myanmar's northern Shan state on Nov. 10.
Dec 1, 2023
We must stop Myanmar’s descent into a failed state
Myanmar is at a crossroads and needs international support to prevent a collapse amid increased fighting.
Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida applaud during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Monday.
Nov 27, 2023
Japan and Vietnam agree to deepen security cooperation
The two sides agreed to start discussions about the application of a Japanese program offering defense equipment to like-minded countries.
Indian leader Narendra Modi greets Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Group of 20 Summit in New Delhi in September.
Nov 24, 2023
Are India and Thailand revising their diplomatic balancing acts?
New Delhi and Bangkok share an 'omnidirectional' approach to diplomacy, the limits of which are being tested.
Zin Mar Aung, foreign minister of Myanmar's shadow civilian leadership, the National Unity Government, speaks in a meeting with Japanese lawmakers in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Nov 22, 2023
Myanmar shadow government urges more pressure on junta
Zin Mar Aung, the National Unity Government's foreign minister, is on a 12-day visit to Japan for meetings with Myanmar residents, among other plans.
Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin (left) and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meet in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Nov 16, 2023
Japan and Thailand eye deeper cooperation ahead of ASEAN summit
The energy and auto sectors were among the areas of cooperation that the two countries' leaders cited during face-to-face talks.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals