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  • Joshua Kurlantzick

    The dark heart of ASEAN

    On Feb. 15, at a summit in California, U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of the 10 countries of Asia's most important regional grouping: the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The event, the first-ever U.S.-ASEAN summit on

    February 13, 2016 02:00 pm JST
  • M&A activity

    Japanese drinks groups seek global depth

    TOKYO -- Asahi Group Holdings' move into Europe shows how eager Japanese drinks groups are to expand beyond a shrinking domestic market. Asahi, whose acquisitions had focused on the Asia-Pacific region, has bid for four SABMiller companies, incl

    February 12, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Export woes pummel South Korean production

    HONG KONG South Korea's manufacturing activity softened again in January after a brief recovery at the end of 2015. The Nikkei South Korea Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, slipped back to contractionary territory, at 49.5, from last December's

    February 11, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Edward Alden: TPP's ambitious scope could be its downfall

    When the trade ministers of 12 Pacific Rim nations met in Auckland, New Zealand, on Feb. 4 to sign the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, they could have been forgiven for basking in the accomplishment. After more than seven years o

    February 11, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia opens its arms to Chinese tourists

    BANGKOK It is early December and the Spring Airlines flight from Shanghai to Bangkok is full. The budget carrier flies to the Thai capital twice daily, and the passengers on this flight are predominantly mainlanders making their way to China's fav

    February 11, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • US-ASEAN summits

    South China Sea dispute tops regional talks

    MANILA -- The tense situation in the South China Sea will top the agendas at two major meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this month, Albert del Rosario, the outgoing Philippine foreign minister, told reporters on Wednesd

    February 11, 2016 12:20 am JST
  • The new globetrotters

    Southeast Asia opens its arms to Chinese tourists

    BANGKOK -- It is early December and the Spring Airlines flight from Shanghai to Bangkok is full. The budget carrier flies to the Thai capital twice daily, and the passengers on this flight are predominantly mainlanders making their way to China's fa

    February 10, 2016 05:00 pm JST
  • FPT

    Vietnam IT giant aims for double-digit growth

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Based on its 2015 results, Vietnam's leading information technology company FPT is targeting a total revenue increase this year of 14.5% to 45.7 trillion dong ($2 billion), with pre-tax profit expanding 10.5% to 3.1 trillion dong

    February 9, 2016 04:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam Dairy Products

    Vinamilk revenue up 14% in 2015 on strong overseas business

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam Dairy Products, better known as Vinamilk, had sales of 40 trillion dong ($1.7 billion) in the year through December, up 14% on the year. Net profit attributable to shareholders of the parent company expanded 28% to 7

    February 9, 2016 11:47 am JST
  • Infrastructure development

    Urban rail contracts up for grabs in emerging Asia

    BANGKOK -- Emerging Asian countries are launching a slew of urban rail projects, creating business opportunities for companies with advanced expertise and a willingness to shoulder some risk. Thailand plans to solicit bids for four new lines in

    February 8, 2016 07:00 am JST
  • Vietnam power struggle

    How southern roots, and perhaps China, dashed Dung's hopes

    HANOI -- The Vietnam War ended 41 years ago, but the latest Communist Party leadership contest showed the north-south division is still a factor in the country's politics. And behind the scenes lurked China, which may not have wielded direct influen

    February 7, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Laotian politics

    Pick of pro-Vietnam leader highlights shift away from China

    VIENTIANE -- The ascension of the vice president to lead the ruling Laotian communist party signaled the country's move away from its dependence on China, given his deep ties to Vietnam. But it remains to be seen whether Laos can accomplish that fea

    February 7, 2016 07:00 am JST
  • Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo

    Obama must leave a legacy of closer links with SE Asia

    At a ceremony in New Zealand on Feb. 4, representatives of the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific nations formally signed on to what may well become one of the largest ever multinational trade deals. The Trans-Pacific Partnership will, if imple

    February 5, 2016 07:25 pm JST
  • January PMI

    Export woes pummel South Korea production

    HONG KONG -- South Korea's manufacturing activity softened again in January after a brief recovery at the end of 2015. The Nikkei South Korea Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, slipped back to contractionary territory, at 49.8, from last December's

    February 5, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    Business services lead Asian growth in January

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for January showed increased business activity in 14 of the 19 industries monitored. Commercial and business services grew the strongest among all industries. Healthcare ser

    February 5, 2016 11:00 am JST
  • Lunar New Year

    Asian markets pause for holiday; travel rush begins

    TOKYO -- Businesses in China and Southeast Asia will take a breather for the Lunar New Year holiday starting Monday, with many people planning to travel. Stock markets in mainland China and Taiwan will close for several days in observance of the

    February 5, 2016 12:30 am JST
  • Pacific Rim free trade deal signed in NZ ceremony

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Kyodo) -- Twelve Pacific Rim countries representing around 40 percent of the world economy signed a free trade deal Thursday in a ceremony in Auckland, New Zealand. Japan, the United States, New Zealand and nine other cou

    February 4, 2016 03:00 pm JST
  • Tobias Harris

    US uncertainty should not stop Asian leaders from ratifying TPP

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed in New Zealand on Feb. 4, starting the race to ratify the historic twelve-country trade agreement. By signaling that it intends to pass TPP implementing legislation during the 2016 ordinary session, the cabin

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Aung San Suu Kyi is in the driver's seat in Myanmar; now she must deliver

    Crowning a year of unprecedented change in Myanmar, the Feb. 1 opening of the new parliament -- the second legislature since the end of outright military rule in early 2011 -- was the most potent symbol of an emerging new order. Like many events

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Phuong Nguyen: Vietnam's surprising party congress delivers unsurprising results

    While observers were still busy analyzing the finer points of the new leadership lineup named at the 12th congress of the Vietnamese Communist Party, the country's leaders saw little time to waste. A special envoy sent by Chinese President Xi Jinpin

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST