The challenge of meeting energy demand in the region may well come at the expense of water resources.
Will parliament pave the way for Aung San Suu Kyi to make a bid for the presidency?
The new year is expected to be dominated by Japan-China tensions, a Cambodian political crisis, Myanmar's charter change debate, Tibetan protests, and uncertainty in North Korea.
Governments in the region are feeling the heat of media scrutiny.
Experts believe China is moving in the direction after establishing a similar zone in the East China Sea.
The authoritarian state is close to lifting a ban on gay marriages without formally recognizing such unions.
The party leadership says economic reforms to be proposed at the key forum will be comprehensive and unprecedented.
Credit boom in the region shows no signs of abating even as debt piles up.
The U.S. president grapples with a government shutdown and debt concerns.