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WikiLeaks says Burma is building nuclear site with North Korea

Burma is building secret nuclear and missile sites deep in the jungle with North Korea’s help, according to witnesses in the country cited in US diplomatic cables.

Olivier Languepin

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A Burmese officer is quoted in a cable sent from the US embassy in Rangoon to Washington as witnessing the building of an underground facility 300 miles north west of the capital.

An expatriate businessman witnessed a barge carrying reinforced steel bars of a diameter that suggested a large project and dockworkers saw other suspicious items arriving.

“The North Koreans, aided by Burmese workers, are constructing a concrete-reinforced underground facility that is ‘500ft from the top of the cave to the top of the hill above’,” according to the cable obtained by WikiLeaks and printed in the Guardian.

via WikiLeaks: Burma ‘building nuclear site with North Korea’s help’ – Telegraph.

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Thailand's withering democracy has also affected its posture toward its neighbors, leading to a demonstrable upswing in relations with like-minded countries, most noticeably Myanmar.

Following Myanmar’s November elections, universally attacked by Western governments as neither free nor fair, Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was quoted as saying that, “a single election could not change Burma’s situation overnight,” and that Thailand “would deal with the new government emerging from the election in an open and constructive way.” The remarks were duly noted by the Myanmar junta.

Although former Prime Minster Thaksin Shinawatra had business links with the junta, Bangkok has historically maintained a pro-Western and anti-junta position regarding Myanmar. Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, noted that the last Thai prime minister hailing from the Democratic Party, Chuan Leekpai, made a point of not setting foot on Myanmar soil in the late-1990s due to the junta’s oppressive grip on power. Conversely, Abhisit not only visited Naypyidaw — Myanmar’s secluded new capital — but also came home with a multi-billion-dollar port-development deal. “Thailand’s relative emphasis on human rights and democracy as its foreign policy underpinnings have gone out the window,” Thitinan wrote recently.

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Foreign capital still heads to Vietnam

As many as 798 projects added a combined over 5.11 billion USD to their investment capital, down 23 percent year-on-year in project number but up 6.8 percent in value.

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Hanoi (VNA) – The total amount of foreign investment poured into Vietnam this year to September 20 reached 21.2 billion USD, equivalent to 81.8 percent of the same period last year, reported the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

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Inclusive business models offer relief for ASEAN businesses hit by COVID-19

Inclusive businesses provide goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis, to people living at the base of the pyramid making them part of the value chain of companies as suppliers, distributors, retailers, or customers.

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Inclusive business models offer relief for ASEAN businesses hit by COVID-19

BANGKOK, 29 September 2020 – The Third ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit convened today with government officials and business leaders advocating for inclusive business strategies that support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to recover from economic setbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic in the South-East Asia region.

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In the Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in an Age of Rising Chinese Power

As China’s economy has surged and its leadership has asserted its power abroad, each country of Southeast Asia has been presented with a thorny challenge: how to benefit from the Chinese renaissance while safeguarding its sovereignty over the long term

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The 11 nations of Southeast Asia stand uniquely exposed to the rising power of the new China: three share borders with the world’s most populous nation, and five are directly impacted by its claims over the South
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