China’s experience could offer lessons but Hanoi remains wary of involving Chinese investors in projects deemed crucial to national security.
While the decision will be disruptive for some, it will have a positive long-term effect as Asian countries will have to find greener sources of fuel sooner rather than later.
The president’s pledge has cast doubt on the fate of nearly 70 coal-fired plants in Southeast and South Asia, and what it means for a region still heavily reliant on coal in its energy mix. But it’s a further nudge to abandon the world’s dirtiest fuel for good.
Tens of thousands of Chinese nationals have been caught up in a crackdown on internet fraud at the Myanmar border.
A recent Chinese embassy statement referring to coup architect Min Aung Hlaing as the ‘leader of Myanmar’ is among the exchanges decried by the shadow National Unity Government.
The military coup, on top of the Covid-19 pandemic, has hit Myanmar’s economy hard, with the kyat depreciating, business activity falling and food insecurity rising.
Business activity has plummeted, leading foreign investors and workers to consider exit strategies, while animosity towards Beijing has left many Chinese nationals anxious that they will be targeted further.
In a country in dire need of a shared dream, unprecedented unity across most ethnicities is emerging.
They might not remember life under junta rule, but the youngsters’ enthusiasm and invention have drawn support from older compatriots and international attention.
From decades of impoverishment to a democratic blossoming and now under junta rule, the people of Myanmar are back to square one.
Although blessed with abundant sources of clean energy, Indonesia’s potential remains strangely untapped.