By Steve Hashim
Each weekend we take a step outside our normal coverage to provide our readers with links to some of the stories we find the most intriguing from around the globe.
The New York Times, “Cambodia, Mourning, Casts an Eye to the Future”, Thomas Fuller
The Economist, “Obituary: Norodom Sihanouk”
Capitalist Exploits, “Myanmar – In The Mix”, Chris Tell
Southeast Asia Realtime, “Chelsea FC Breaks Myanmar Branding Frontier With Whiskey Deal”, Sam Holmes
beyondbrics, “Guest post: Fulfilling Myanmar’s economic promise”, Elizabeth Buse of Visa Inc More…
Reposted from Asian Correspondent
By Albeiro Rodas
Tourism sector produced earnings of 1.9 billion US dollars, meaning 12 % of the GDP
We are less than four weeks away from the tourist high season in Southeast Asia, and Cambodia is optimistic that it will continue its growing boom as an international destination. The government expects an increase of 15 percent in foreign visitors – about 3 million persons entering the “Kingdom of Wonder,“ as it is called in the official tourist promotional materials. More…
Reposted from The Diplomat
By Le Dinh Tinh
The Vietnam “story” has changed over time. First, it was a war story; then Vietnam “became a country” in the run-up to the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations in 1995. Now the country is moving forward with a new narrative, a strategy of active and proactive international integration.
Now, the country’s top foreign policy makers have decided it’s time for Vietnam to fully launch itself into the international arena. In a conversation with the Council on Foreign Relations last year, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said: “This was a turning point in our foreign policy, because before we focused on economic integration, but now we also integrate in all areas such as not only economic but politics, diplomacy, security, defense, culture and social effects.” More…
Reposted from VietNamNet Bridge
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Holguin
Vietnam hopes to strengthen ties with Colombia in various fields such as politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, energy, oil and gas, culture, education and tourism. Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh emphasized this during February 27 talks with his Colombian counterpart, María Ángela Holguin, in Hanoi.
He highly appreciated Colombia’s proposal to create a mechanism and legal foundation for bilateral relations and its decision to send a cultural and art troupe to the 2012 Hue Festival, within the framework of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC). More…