Southeast Asia

    Southern Thailand Violence Raises Fears of Insurgent Escalation

    FILE - Military personnel stand next to a damaged military vehicle where soldiers were attacked by suspected Muslim militants at Muang district in the southern province of Yala, Thailand, Sept. 4, 2015.

    14 February 2016
    Insurgency in largely Muslim-populated region, has claimed over 6,200 lives, defying official efforts to end bloodshed More
    February 2016
    14 February 2016

    Video Trade, Security on Agenda as US Hosts ASEAN Leaders

    US President Obama to meet next week in California with leaders of 10 member states as part of American rebalancing to Asia Pacific region

    13 February 2016

    Activists Want Laos Dam on Agenda for ASEAN-Obama Meeting

    Some 6 million people could be affected by the dam, including people living not just on the Mekong, but on the Tonle Sap River, as well.

    12 February 2016

    Trade Meeting With ASEAN Ministers To Push More Investment, Official Says

    Alexander Feldman, president of the US-ASEAN Business Council, said the San Francisco meeting, sponsored by the US-ASEAN Business Council, is meant to “elevate the dialogue in the United States about the importance of ASEAN.”

    11 February 2016

    ASEAN Trade Ministers To Meet With US Businessmen

    With its 626 million people, ASEAN has the second-fastest growing economy in Asia, after China, with an average growth rate of 5.6 percent and a combined GDP of $2.4 trillion.

    10 February 2016

    VOA Exclusive: US Ambassador Targets Improved US-Cambodian Trade Ties

    With the US-Cambodia relationship in the spotlight, VOA Khmer’s Neou Vannarin sat down for a comprehensive discussion on Wednesday with William A. Heidt, the American ambassador in Phnom Penh.

    09 February 2016

    Despite Bright Spots, a Gloomy Outlook for Media Freedom in Southeast Asia

    Shawn Crispin, senior Southeast Asia representative at the Committee to Protect Journalists, sat down with VOA Khmer to talk about the outlook for independent reporting in Cambodia.

    08 February 2016

    Put Don Sahong Dam on U.S.-ASEAN Agenda, Say Campaigners

    Civil society groups are calling for Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower dam project to be discussed when Southeast Asian leaders meet with U.S. President Barack Obama next week.

    US Trip Could Help Balance Foreign Policy, Experts Say

    “If we can maintain a neutral stance and balance, we can gain from both sides,” says Chheang Vannarith, a lecturer in Asia-Pacific studies at Leeds University.

    05 February 2016

    Millions of Chinese Migrant Workers Head Home for New Year

    Next week begins year of the monkey in China, with millions traveling to spend time with their families and celebrate event with grand fireworks celebrations.

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    Increased rotations of US troops to Philippines come at time when Manila is trying to build up its military in face of maritime assertiveness from China.

    04 February 2016

    China, Cambodia Aim to Further Boost Trade to $5 Billion

    China also aims to boost the livelihood of Cambodians living in remote areas and provide scholarships for Cambodian university students.

    03 February 2016

    Australia High Court: Offshore Migrant Camps Are Legal

    High Court rejects challenge to country’s offshore detention policy brought by Bangladeshi detainee; action seen as a setback for opponents of controversial program.

    Thai Civil Society Concerned About New Draft Constitution

    Activists say latest version of charter has several steps to go before military government can call for fresh elections.

    01 February 2016

    Myanmar Elections a Model for Cambodia, Experts Say

    The Myanmar elections, which came after decades of military rule in the country, deployed peacekeepers and observers to ensure free and fair elections.

    Video Southeast Asia Braces for Zika Virus

    Zika virus had been limited to rare cases in human populations in Africa and Asia until unprecedented outbreak on island in southwestern Pacific in 2007.

    February 2016

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    40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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    09 February 2016
    US Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt met with the vice president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, Kem Sokha, on Monday, on a broad range of issues, including recent political tensions. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann reports.

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