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Cambodia's first retirement home

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Cambodia's first retirement home

Migration and aging in one of Asia’s youngest countries. A modest shelter for destitute senior citizens in the Cambodian countryside is an indicator of a looming crisis facing Southeast Asia.

 

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Unprecedented impasse taints conclusion of key ASEAN meeting

Unprecedented impasse taints conclusion of key ASEAN meeting

Southeast Asian foreign ministers have failed to hammer out a joint position summarizing key regional meetings. Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations stumbled over how to describe the simmering dispute in the South Chin Sea. The unprecedented impasse has left some officials pointing a finger at chair Cambodia. It also raises questions about the cohesiveness of ASEAN members, China's growing influence in the region and the possibility of a rift within the 10-member bloc.

Burma sanctions and ASEAN

Burma sanctions and ASEAN

As senior ministers in Southeast Asia met for a high-level summit in Cambodia in July, some observers were looking ahead to 2014. That’s when Burma, known as Myanmar, will be taking its place as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

It will be an important year for Burma itself--but also for ASEAN, which has its credibility at stake should Burma's unprecedented reforms stumble. ASEAN is eager for the international community to completely remove sanctions on Burma. But some nations' reluctance to axe sanctions altogether is a point of frustration for the regional bloc.

“ASEAN wants the sanctions against Burma removed, because it discriminates against one of its members," one observer says.

But economic sanctions may be harder to remove than they were to impose in the first place.