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Steve Sanford
November 26, 2015 4:09 PM
As Thailand takes in the annual Loy Krathong festival, many ponder the country’s future and security. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai.

Video Thais Send Security Concerns Down the River

As Thailand takes in the annual Loy Krathong festival, many ponder the country’s future and security. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai.

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The Taiwanese government is one of several that claims territory in the hotly contested South China Sea, but Taipei has long been sidelined in the dispute, overshadowed by China. Now, as the Philippines challenges Beijing’s claims in an international court at The Hague, Taipei is looking to publicly assert its claims. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.

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China has recently been on what some call a charm offensive, engaging in a flurry of friendly diplomatic adventures from East to Southeast Asia that appear to be aimed in part at cooling the rising power’s contentious territorial disputes.

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President's trip to the Philippines and Malaysia next week is expected to focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a key component of the administration’s strategic rebalance towards the Asia-Pacific region. VOA White House correspondent Mary Alice Salinas has more.

Video APEC Summit to Focus on TPP, Not South China Sea

The U.S. - China rivalry will be front and center at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit known as APEC, even though tensions in the South China Sea may not be on the agenda. As VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul much of the focus of this economic summit will be on the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership.

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