The South China Sea is one of East Asia’s most important military flashpoints. It is the world’s second most used sea-lane and accommodates a third of the world’s shipping. Competing territorial claims are causing tension within the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).
Burma – or Myanmar as of 2005 – is a country in reform, however the nature of those reforms remains unclear. Many hope to finally see free and fair elections on April 1st, while others are still sceptical that a country for so long plagued by tyranny will be able to take such a path.