1. Thai Supreme Court Ousts Prime Minister Shinawatra

    Thailand’s Constitutional Court forces the divisive prime minister to resign, setting the stage for more political unrest.

    Yingluck Shinawatra's prime ministership abruptly ended on Wednesday when Thailand's Constitutional Court ordered her and several of her cabinet ministers to step down. The court ruled that it had been unconstitutional for her to replace her national security chief three years ago.…
  1. China, Vietnam Trade Blows Over South China Sea Oil Explorations

    China moves a deepwater drilling rig into disputed waters with Vietnam to search for oil.

    China's state media and Vietnam's Foreign Ministry traded harsh words this week. The exchange came after the Vietnamese issued a strong protest over Chinese plans to search for oil in a disputed area of the South China Sea. It would be the…
  1. Philippines, United States Sign New Defense Agreement

    More than two decades after they were evicted from their bases, American troops will soon return to the Philippines.

    The United States and the Philippines signed a security agreement on Monday allowing for more American troops to be stationed in the country on a rotational basis. The deal gives the Americans greater access to many of the bases…
  1. America, Japan Seen to Be Making Progress in Pacific Trade Talks

    A bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the United States could clear many hurdles for the Trans Pacific Partnership.

    When President Barack Obama departed Japan last week, on the first leg of a four country Asian tour that will also take him to Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea, the headlines were that he had failed to reach…
  1. East Asia Nervously Watching Events in Crimea

    China is walking a diplomatic tightrope. It doesn’t want to alienate Russia, nor set a precedent for regions of its own to break away.

    When the Crimea was voting to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, President Vladimir Putin was said to be on his proverbial hands and knees offering cheap gas and other inducements to China…
  1. Snap Elections Fail to Put Thailand’s Political Crisis to Rest

    Thailand’s cycle of political unrest might only end when the army or monarchy decides it has had enough.

    Despite snap elections on Sunday, Thailand's two largest political forces remain at a stalemate and with class and ethnic divisions deepening, tensions remain high across the country. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Pheu Thai party was…
  1. Vietnam Expected to Loosen State Controls, If Carefully

    The Communist Party must liberalize the economy to boost growth and stay in power but doesn’t want to jeopardize its position either.

    The international community is keeping a close watch on Vietnam's National Assembly as it is convening a month long session to decide the extent to which it will amend the constitution.┬áThe session is expected to end next week with lawmakers believed ready to give the…
  1. Thai Government Destabilized by Protests, Cambodian Border Dispute

    Opposition protests and an international court ruling in Cambodia’s favor pose serious challenges to Yingluck Shinawatra’s government.

    Thailand's benchmark equity index fell for a third day in a row this week, closing down 2.06 percent to 1,375.86 on Thursday and reaching an eleven week low. The country is tense with thousands of…
  1. Vested Interests Could Stymie China’s Economic Reforms

    Local party barons and powerful state owned enterprises will likely resist the reforms China’s leaders are due to undertake.

    China's ruling Communist Party last week outlined a series of reforms not seen in the country in decades. The changes are as deep and significant as many analysts expected beforehand as China is forced to change its economic model in order to keep…