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  • Mary Callahan

    Aung San Suu Kyi's quiet, puritanical vision for Myanmar

    After one year in power, Aung San Suu Kyi has gone all but missing from the public ear. Her voice, long known for inspiring her people, is heard in only a handful of public appearances or daily private meetings with officials and foreign dignitaries

    March 29, 2017 10:15 pm JST
  • Price spikes feared as Asian oil production drops

    SINGAPORE -- A global focus on rising oil output in the U.S. has overshadowed an important trend elsewhere in the market. Falling oil production in Asia is forecast to accelerate as major fields dry up, which will stiffen demand for foreign barrels

    March 29, 2017 07:40 pm JST
  • Anthony Davis

    Military under increasing strain in northern Myanmar

    If the upsurge of hostilities that has shaken northeastern Myanmar in recent weeks were to be summed up in just two words, they would be deja vu. To a remarkable degree, the bitter fighting which has erupted in the Kokang region of northeastern Shan

    March 29, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Pankaj Ghemawat and Phillip Bastian

    Southeast Asia's globalization outperformers

    While few observers would be surprised that Singapore is one of the world's most globalized countries, it may raise some eyebrows that the city-state's Southeast Asian neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia also stand out relative to what might be

    March 29, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • One year on, first poll test looms for Myanmar government

    YANGON -- On April 1, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy faces its first electoral test since taking power in Myanmar on the back of a landslide election win in 2015.The governing party will compete for a total of 2 million votes in al

    March 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Suu Kyi's lack of action feeding discontent in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Myanmar's ruling party may face an uphill battle in upcoming by-elections on Saturday amid slowing economic growth and growing disillusionment among minorities who hoped for change under de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.This will mark the

    March 28, 2017 12:20 pm JST
  • Mitsubishi Corp. courts Myanmar's wealthy with new hospitals

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Corp. will team with local companies to establish medical complexes in Myanmar, where a growing health care market is being fueled by the increasing number of middle- and upper-class residents. The first facility, to cost about 1

    March 28, 2017 04:11 am JST
  • Vinamilk acquires all of Angkor Dairy Products

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam Dairy Products, or Vinamilk, announced late last week that it has acquired the other 49% of its Cambodian joint venture, Angkor Dairy Products, for $10 million from BPC Trading, its local partner.The move is part of an am

    March 28, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Soccer diplomacy in Singapore's 'Little Burma'

    SINGAPORE -- A goal kick away from the Toa Payoh Stadium are reminders of the once-close ties between Myanmar and this Singapore neighborhood, home to the Burmese Buddhist Temple and streets named for the towns and rivers of the Golden Land.The aren

    March 28, 2017 01:30 am JST
  • Myanmar opens Thilawa SEZ to foreign insurers

    YANGON -- Myanmar is opening up its Thilawa special economic zone near Yangon to international insurance companies -- part of a market liberalization effort expected to gain momentum this year.The government does not allow foreign insurers to offer

    March 27, 2017 08:05 pm JST
  • Myanmar's stock exchange struggles a year after launch

    YANGON -- Housed in a stately colonial building at the heart of Myanmar's financial district sits the Yangon Stock Exchange, which amid great expectations opened its doors as the country's first bourse a year ago this month.Fast forward to today, an

    March 27, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Cambodia's LGBT community struggles for identity

    PHNOM PENH -- Sou Sotheavy has been sitting for barely 30 minutes when she lights a third cigarette, apparently unconcerned about the recent heart problems she has suffered."In 1978, I was forced to get married to a woman," recalls 77-year-old Sothe

    March 26, 2017 06:15 pm JST
  • Microinsurance closes gaps in social safety nets

    TOKYO "I was very worried [about the hospital bill] because my father was in [intensive care] for a long time," said Sheryl Tan, recalling the two painful months leading up to her father's death last year. "So I was relieved when I heard that Medi

    March 26, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs

    BANGKOK -- A recent $150 million refurbishment of two decades-old geothermal power plants on the Philippine island of Luzon may sound like just another project aimed at overcoming the country's severe electricity shortages. But, for Asia's insurance

    March 26, 2017 01:40 am JST
  • Tony Nash

    Keeping Myanmar's lights on

    Myanmar is one of the world's fastest growing economies, with projected annual growth of 7.8% in gross domestic product for the financial year to March 31 2017, according to the World Bank. Only those who have not spent time with its overwhelmingly

    March 25, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • UN to look into alleged human rights violations in Myanmar

    UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations' Human Rights Council adopted a resolution Friday in Geneva to "urgently dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission" into alleged human rights violations in Myanmar.Passing without a vote, the doc

    March 25, 2017 06:38 am JST
  • Interest rate cap rattles Cambodia's microfinance industry

    PHNOM PENH -- A recent decision by the National Bank of Cambodia to impose an interest rate cap on loans provided by microfinance lenders has prompted fears that low-income Cambodians, who often depend on small borrowings to stay afloat, will be hit

    March 24, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Japan seeks out more global infrastructure projects

    TOKYO -- Japan's transport ministry is keeping an eye on 22 additional overseas projects, such as plans for an urban railway in Bangkok and a subway in Manila, for the next three to four years as part of its push to export infrastructure.The Japanes

    March 24, 2017 06:20 am JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    ASEAN at 50: Uncertain times call for smart diplomacy

    As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations celebrates its 50th anniversary, the complexity of the internal and external environment is severely testing its approach to cooperative security that rests, above all, on preserving the sovereignty of e

    March 23, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • Myanmar President Htin Kyaw takes back-seat role

    YANGON -- State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is increasingly wielding power in Myanmar, with President Htin Kyaw helping her behind the scenes.On Feb. 19, a helicopter carrying Htin Kyaw landed at the airport in the mountainous western state of Chin.

    March 23, 2017 06:40 pm JST