Southeast Asia

    UN Official Sees Challenges for ASEAN Growth, Development

    China's Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Liu Zhenmin (R) and Singapore's Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Chee Wee Kiong (L) brief the media after the 22nd ASEAN-China Senior Officials’ Consultations meeting in Singapore, April 28, 2016.

    29 April 2016
    In latest Economic and Social Survey for the Asia Pacific, world body is forecasting ASEAN to report slower growth in 2015 at close to 4.3 per cent. More
    April 2016
    29 April 2016

    World Bank Touts Potential of Apparel Industry for South Asia

    Low costs and a burgeoning young, working class population, give South Asia an opportunity to increase the size of its labor-intensive apparel industry.

    28 April 2016

    Vietnam War Debate Continues 50 Years Later

    A Vietnam War Summit held at the LBJ Presidential Library discussed the price paid by many of those who served in the conflict, as well as the transformation in US-Vietnam relations since.

    China Passes Controversial Law on Foreign NGOs Despite Criticism

    Chinese police would be granted power to cancel any activities they deem a threat to national security and could summon the leaders of foreign NGOs to meetings.

    27 April 2016

    Cambodian Royal Turtle Nearly Extinct, Less Than 10 in Wild

    The Royal Turtle, also known as Southern River terrapinis, is one of the world's 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles.

    Punishing Heat Wave Sets Records Across Asia

    Cambodia saw a national all-time record high of 42.6°C set in Preah Vihea province on April 15.

    China Rejects EU Criticism of Hong Kong Policy

    Statement follows EU report questioning Beijing’s commitment to govern Hong Kong under ‘one country, two systems’ principle

    22 April 2016

    Chinese Foreign Minister Praises Cambodia for Support

    Cambodia, one of Southeast Asia's least-developed countries, enjoys large amounts of aid and investment from China.

    21 April 2016

    Video As Economy Booms, Children Toil in Myanmar

    1 in 5 children in Myanmar aged 10-17 go to work instead of school, according to figures from a census report on employment published last month.

    20 April 2016

    Chinese Military Plane Lands on Disputed S. Sea Island

    Plane patrolling area diverted Sunday to evacuate three injured workers, China's state-run media said; US increasingly concerned about China’s action in area.

    19 April 2016

    Telecom Fraud Highlights Gaping Legal Difference Between Taipei, Beijing

    The report said, 950 were arrested overseas with the help of authorities in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Malaysia.

    18 April 2016

    WHO Presses Asian Countries to Cut Road Deaths in Half

    A recent study of 24 Asian countries found a highway death toll of 750,000 per year; Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 30.

    15 April 2016

    Video Domestic Workers Overworked in Thailand

    In Thailand, thousands of unregistered domestic workers from Myanmar face daily abuse at the hands of their employees. VOA Khmer's Sreng Leakhena narrates.

    14 April 2016

    Thailand's 10-year Tiger Protection Plan Has Mixed Results

    Tiger populations globally have contracted by more than 90 percent to around 3,000 to 4,000 animals in less than 200 years.

    12 April 2016

    Video Viral Ad Sparks Outpouring for 'Leftover Women' in China

    Clip uncovers deep-rooted discrimination against single women, Chinese government’s inaction in tackling gender inequity issues, analysts say.

    11 April 2016

    Thai Political Parties Oppose Draft Constitution

    Democrat Party’s opposition leaves in doubt August referendum on new charter, as it lines up with other political parties in calling for document to be rejected.

    Secretary Kerry 'Deeply Moved' by Visit to Hiroshima Memorial

    The visit came at the end of a two-day meeting with other G7 foreign ministers; An overriding theme during the sessions was nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

    World Bank Predicts Mild Economic Growth for East Asia Pacific

    Many economies in the East Asia Pacific region are at risk from low commodity prices and weak external demand, including Laos, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea.

    09 April 2016

    Myanmar Begins Releasing Political Prisoners

    Burmese language media said Friday Myanmar has released 69 student activists who were detained last year and awaiting trial.

    07 April 2016

    China's Growing Influence a Challenge for Myanmar

    Long-term relationship will hinge on how the new civilian government addresses concerns raised by China regarding border security and business disagreements.

    New Vietnamese Prime Minister Elected

    The country's rubber stamp parliament approved Nguyen Xuan Phuc Thursday; He takes over from Nguyen Tan Dung, who stepped down after a decade in office.

    Vietnam's Prime Minister Steps Down After 10 Years in Office

    Dung's departure was a mere formality after he lost a leadership battle during the ruling Communist Party's congress in January.

    Video Stopping the Movement of an Invasive Species

    It's been a long time coming, but the Great Lakes are one step closer to avoiding an Asian Carp invasion. VOA Khmer's Cheoung Pochin narrates.

    06 April 2016

    Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to Assume Another New Role

    Lawmakers create position of State Counselor, drawing opposition from military representatives in parliament.

    05 April 2016

    Panama Papers Hit Great Firewall of China

    Social media discussions were heavily censored; Panama in English and the Chinese words for Panama and Panama documents were among the top 10 blocked phrases on Tuesday.

    02 April 2016

    Human Rights Groups Critical of Thailand's New Military Powers

    New orders allow military personnel to act with police powers to conduct searches, seize assets, suspend financial transactions and prevent suspects from travelling abroad.

    01 April 2016

    Chinese Dams Blamed for Exacerbating Southeast Asian Drought

    Tens of millions of people are being affected by the low level of the Mekong, a rice-bowl-sustaining river system that flows into Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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    40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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    29 April 2016
    After more than a decade, Cambodia's railway service has resumed passenger services from the capital, Phnom Penh, to the beach resort town of Sihanoukville. VOA Khmer's Sou Pichchinda narrates.

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