In the contest for soft power dominance in Southeast Asia, China has been gaining ground on the US. However, its recent actions are eroding these gains and playing into the hands of China’s enemies like anti-China hawks and media in the US and the region.
New technologies can bring military applications to new heights. The X-41 Common Aero Vehicle Falcon program is a glimpse of the future. The X-41 operates like a missile that can fly at high altitude and carry nuclear and non-nuclear warheads.
While more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have been reported to have escaped from Myanmar, the Rohingya issue remains complicated and long-standing, with multiple factors — historical, ethnic, religious, and political — intertwined.