David Hutt, Asia Times

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Recent articles by David:

SE Asia only knows it wants unbridled attention from US

Writing in Foreign Policy in late June, analyst James Crabtree took the position that US President Joe Biden's administration, now six months into the → Read More

America’s debt diplomacy in Cambodia

According to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, it’s “dirty” and bloodstained money. For the United States, it’s simply a debt that Cambodia, a sovereign → Read More

How Vietnam lost its pandemic-beating edge

Vietnam has justifiably been praised as one of the world's best performers during the Covid-19 pandemic. By the end of 2020, the country of 96 million → Read More

In Cambodia, the End of COVID-19 Will Heighten the Economic Contradictions

Corruption and inequality are set to rise as the country emerges from the pandemic. → Read More

China-Australia trade war a win-win for ASEAN

Southeast Asia is reaping the benefits of other people’s trade wars. At the height of the US-China trade war, many regional states, none more than Vietnam, saw a big boost to&nb… → Read More

Tourism revival hopes ebb and wane in SE Asia

Southeast Asia’s tourism-reliant economies are holding out hope that they can welcome back droves of international travelers by the final quarter of this → Read More

China seizes vaccine diplomacy lead over US

China contends that it is selflessly coming to the aid of the pandemic-stricken developing world by exporting nearly as much Covid-19 vaccine as it uses → Read More

Cambodia COVID-19 Drive Rests on Elite Charity Networks

The Cambodian government is presenting COVID-19 relief packages as a gift from the wealthy and well-connected. → Read More

Cambodia Risks Being Left Behind by Workplace Automation

The Cambodian government has done little to prepare its population for an epochal economic shift. → Read More

Skeptical Cambodians face mandatory vaccinations

No pollster has yet done the research, but anecdotal evidence suggests a large number of Cambodians are skeptical about being vaccinated against → Read More

Cambodian investors wonder where their $20m went

Cambodian financial investment company GoldFX Investment announced a temporary suspension of operations on March 29 after claiming staff members had embezzled more than US$20 million from the firm.… → Read More

The odd couple: Vietnam, Laos get new leaders

The ruling communist parties of Vietnam and Laos have formally named their new leadership teams after five-year reshuffles, and the new lineups appear → Read More

Laos’ Austerity Fantasies Reveal the Communist Party’s Weaknesses

Ballooning external debt and growing fiscal deficits augur political storm clouds for the ruling LPRP. → Read More

New boss same as old boss in reshuffled Laos

It was hardly a changing of the guard when Laos’ rubber-stamp National Assembly elected a new leadership team this week. But the small country’s top-level → Read More

Domestic Violence Scandal Highlights Cambodian Government’s Hypocrisy

A treatment of the self-claimed businessman Duong Chhay reveals once again that in Hun Sen’s Cambodia, there is one set of rules for the powerful and another for everyone else. → Read More

NagaCorp courts Covid, cultural controversy in Cambodia

Cambodia’s NagaCorp gaming giant is suddenly at the center of a controversy that could break the nation’s Covid-19 containment winning streak amid its → Read More

Cambodia’s vaccination drive a race against time

As the first tranche of 324,000 British-Swedish developed Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines arrived at Phnom Penh’s International Airport on March 2 – and with → Read More

The staying power of SE Asia’s political militaries

Myanmar’s recent reversion to outright military rule has ended a brief and tentative experiment with electoral democracy and → Read More

Why Communist Anti-Corruption Campaigns Never Work

Ongoing anti-graft campaigns in Vietnam and Laos focus on officials’ moral conduct without addressing the political structures that incentivize corruption. → Read More

Frank Lampard’s individualism isn’t working at Chelsea

Talk of dismissal now encircles Frank Lampard, whose Chelsea side sit eighth in the English Premier League, at time of writing, 9 points behind the league leaders and in a poor run of form. After C… → Read More