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  • ASEAN accelerates regional banking integration

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Southeast Asian banks will be able to operate more freely across the region due to a landmark agreement on banking integration. The move will pave the way for greater access to loan facilities across ASEAN's 10 member states and prom

    March 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Training doctors

    Japanese group teaches endoscopy in Mekong region

    HANOI -- A consortium led by Nagoya University and Fujifilm Holdings has begun cultivating medical personnel who can use endoscopes in the Mekong region, including Vietnam and Myanmar. The aim is to train at least 100 doctors and nurses yearly i

    March 24, 2015 04:44 am JST
  • Myanmar insurance market

    3 Japanese companies likely to win licenses

    YANGON -- Three Japanese nonlife insurers will likely be among the first foreign companies to receive licenses to sell insurance in Myanmar. About 15 foreign insurers currently have representative offices in Myanmar, including four Japanese comp

    March 23, 2015 02:42 am JST
  • Eyeing burgeoning market

    Sumitomo getting into logistics business in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. will start offering logistics services in Myanmar, hoping to tap demand from the increasing number of companies setting up shop in the fast-growing country. Sumitomo will soon establish a joint vent

    March 23, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Aladdin D. Rillo and Ganeshan Wignaraja

    ASEAN reform is a matter of survival

    At their upcoming summits in April and November, leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations know they must create a new road map to realize an ASEAN Economic Community that extends beyond 2015. Over the last decade, important progress has

    March 22, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Big ASEAN accord

    Finance ministers agree on regional banking integration

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Finance ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have signed a landmark agreement to allow member countries' banks to operate in each other's markets. The move will pave the way for greater access to loan facilities ac

    March 22, 2015 02:30 am JST
  • As fighting rages in Kokang

    Myanmar ceasefire talks move forward

    YANGON -- Government negotiators and representatives from 16 armed ethnic groups have agreed to scecure a nationwide ceasefire, a state-owned newspaper reported Friday. The government is being represented in the ongoing talks by the Union Peacem

    March 21, 2015 08:35 pm JST
  • Border economies

    China, Myanmar struggle to formalize rice trade

    YANGON -- Myanmar's battered rice industry, once the world leader, is steadily reviving, thanks largely to booming but unregulated exports to China. But recent fighting in Myanmar's northeast border regions threatens to undermine the momentum that h

    March 21, 2015 01:00 am JST
  • David I. Steinberg

    Need for capacity building in Myanmar has been obvious

    The universal cry among Myanmar's donors -- public and private, multilateral and bilateral -- is the need for capacity building, including broad aspects of critical thinking, policy formulation, decision-making and research methodologies as well as

    March 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Energy sector reform

    Myanmar seeks foreign capital in privatizing petro company

    YANGON -- Myanmar will privatize a state-owned petroleum products sales company under the Energy Ministry as early as this year, with plans to turn the new entity into a joint venture with foreign players. As part of efforts to privatize the ene

    March 20, 2015 06:12 am JST
  • $200 billion by 2022

    India, ASEAN need to reduce barriers if trade goal is to be reached

    NEW DELHI -- India wants greater engagement with Southeast Asia's 10-member economic bloc and is calling for "a special effort" to take annual India-ASEAN trade to $200 billion by 2022. Considering the current figure is pegged at around $80 bill

    March 19, 2015 08:40 pm JST
  • Funds still needed

    Work to begin on big Myanmar industrial park

    YANGON -- Construction of a large industrial park near the Thai border in the southeastern part of Myanmar is expected to shift into full gear by the end of the year. But where the money will come from to finish the massive project remains a questi

    March 19, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar's border conflict claims civilian lives in China

    YANGON -- Escalating conflict between government troops and ethnic insurgents in the Kokang region of northeastern Myanmar has spilled over to Chinese soil. On March 14, China claimed that airstrikes by Myanmar military jets had caused civilian casu

    March 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Naypyitaw cooling toward Beijing

    YANGON -- Clashes between Myanmar's military and ethnic Chinese in the Kokang region of northeast Shan State are straining the country's relations with China. Myanmar has become increasingly suspicious of its neighbor's role in the conflict, and

    March 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • China needs to 'purchase' friendships, scholar says

    BEIJING -- China's foreign policy scholars generally fall into two camps: "realists" and "liberals." The former tend to prioritize national interests and power. The latter are more ideological. And under the government of President Xi Jinping, the r

    March 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Myanmar peace talks

    As Kokang conflict rages, government meets with other rebels

    YANGON -- Amid deadly fighting between Myanmar's military and Kokang rebels in the country's northeast, the government of President Thein Sein is holding fresh peace talks with other armed ethnic groups. The negotiations are aimed at securing a

    March 18, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • Smartphones and servers

    Data transmissions surge in Asia

    TOKYO -- Asia is becoming a data hog. Not only are more people taking advantage of their smartphones and faster networks to stream video and audio content, but the content providers are opening streaming centers across the region. Japan's NTT Co

    March 18, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • On the brink in Cambodia

    Can the world's rarest bird be saved?

    TMATBOEY, Cambodia -- Villagers and international wildlife experts have teamed up to save what scientists list as the world's most endangered bird. Despite their pioneering efforts, politics, poaching and people pressure may yet sweep the giant ibis

    March 17, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Kokang group accused

    Myanmar denies it bombed China

    YANGON -- Myanmar's government issued a statement Monday on the stray bomb dropped in China's Yunnan Province that claimed lives of at least five people. A "thorough investigation will be made to clarify if Kokang insurgent group was involved in

    March 16, 2015 07:40 pm JST
  • Robert Taylor

    Myanmar's military preserves its autonomy, for now

    Myanmar's constitution, under which the current administration of President Thein Sein was created in 2011, has all the characteristics of a modern republic, but regime opponents see the continued autonomy of the army -- and its political role -- as

    March 16, 2015 07:00 am JST