China and Taiwan are completing an agreement to increase bilateral trade. Taiwan's government says the trade deal will boost economic growth; the opposition party says it will erode sovereignty.
Thailand's red-shirt protesters accepted a government reconciliation roadmap on Tuesday. But they refused to end their demonstrations, which have left 27 people dead.
Future opportunity for US growth depends on whether President Obama focuses on Southeast Asia, not just China and India.
Thailand’s red shirt protesters on Thursday asked the European Union to send monitors to prevent a violent crackdown, one day after they clashed again with soldiers. Nobel peace laureate and East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta, whose country sought foreign aid against political violence, offers advice on outside mediators.
During this week's ASEAN summit, Asian leaders fell short of criticizing the rules that ban Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from participating in the upcoming Burma election. But hope remains for moderate voices.
Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has long provoked Thailand's government by rousing opposition at home. Now he's inflamed regional tensions by becoming an economic adviser to rival Cambodia.
On the second stop of Obama's Asia trip, the president will meet with the 10 ASEAN leaders in a region that welcomes the US presence as a counterbalance to China.
Thailand viewed Cambodia’s wining-and-dining this week of exiled former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra as anything but a neighborly gesture. Obama arrives in Singapore Saturday to meet with Southeast Asian leaders.
But questions over a US role in any economic grouping and rivalry between China and Japan may thwart a rapid rollout of either plan.