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  • Foreign ministers of US, ASEAN to meet in May

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of State on Thursday said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a meeting with his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to be held on May 4 in the U.S. capital.The foreign ministers wi

    April 21, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    The politics of elephants in the room

    I grew up in a corner of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, where a domesticated elephant was a regular presence in daily life. "Our" elephant belonged to the Buddhist temple near our home. On some mornings, it would lumber past our front gate, the ch

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A new Myanmar oil pipeline helps China dodge US influence

    SHANGHAI/YANGON China has taken a major step forward in its quest for energy security by opening an oil pipeline through Myanmar, a cross-border project that also underscores the two countries' increasingly close ties.Chinese President Xi Jinping an

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The politics of elephants in the room

    I grew up in a corner of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, where a domesticated elephant was a regular presence in daily life. "Our" elephant belonged to the Buddhist temple near our home. On some mornings, it would lumber past our front gate, the ch

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Foreign investment booms in Myanmar telecoms

    BANGKOK -- Overseas companies spent big on building mobile phone infrastructure in Myanmar over the past year, while they took a break from exploring oil and gas.Foreign investment in Myanmar's transportation and telecommunications sectors surged to

    April 20, 2017 03:00 am JST
  • Tepco, Toshiba to manage power grids in Cambodia

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings will team with Toshiba to manage power grids in Cambodia, hoping to secure a new earnings source as the utility grapples with soaring cleanup costs for the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.T.T. Network Infr

    April 18, 2017 06:10 am JST
  • Debt and corruption muddy US-Cambodia relations

    SINGAPORE -- In contrast to the anguish and astonishment expressed in many national capitals, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomed Donald Trump's election as U.S. president in November. While the warm response augured well for Phnom Penh's oft

    April 15, 2017 12:00 am JST
  • Insuring Cambodia: Manulife, Prudential and peers move into a ripe new market

    PHNOM PENH -- At the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in central Phnom Penh, Cheum Sor, 61, is lying on the hospital floor with an intravenous drip attached to his arm. The gloomy, crowded ward does not have any air conditioning or even a nurse call

    April 14, 2017 12:10 pm JST
  • Harsh rules running ride apps off the road in Southeast Asia

    JAKARTA -- New government regulations and outright crackdowns on drivers are threatening to choke the growth of ride-hailing apps in Southeast Asia.Going viralThe apps, a prime example of the sharing economy, were expanding rapidly in the region up

    April 13, 2017 11:34 am JST
  • ASEAN and Japan aim to foster startups in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO Venture capital investment is booming in Southeast Asia, boding well for the region's startups. And there is greater scope for collaboration between businesses in the region and in Japan to make innovation happen.That was the message at the AS

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Price spikes feared as Asia's aging oil fields dry up

    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 and

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's export recovery is on thin ice

    HONG KONG Despite a sustained rebound in exports since November, South Korea's manufacturing ended the first quarter with even more contraction, thanks to a souring relationship with its biggest trading partner China and political uncertainty at hom

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB forecasts the slowest Asian growth since 2001

    MANILA Asia's growth will fall to its slowest pace since 2001 this year amid policy uncertainty in advanced economies and an outflow of capital, according to the Asian Development Bank.In its 2017 Asian Development Outlook, released on April 6, the

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The Cambodian LGBT community's long fight

    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," the 77-year-old Sotheavy rec

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Big soccer dreams 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 arena h

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's stabs at reform test public's patience

    YANGON -- Myanmar's year-old government has drawn stiff pushback from its sudden cuts to a national holiday and crackdown on unlicensed buses, burning up goodwill won with the promise of change.The government said last month that the public holiday

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • New Myanmar oil pipeline bolsters China's energy security

    SHANGHAI/YANGON -- The opening of an oil pipeline through Myanmar is a big step forward for China's energy security, reducing the major importer's reliance on shipments through waters where the U.S. exerts strong influence.Chinese President Xi Jinpi

    April 13, 2017 03:00 am JST
  • South Korea's export recovery is on thin ice

    HONG KONG -- Despite a sustained rebound in exports since November, South Korea's manufacturing ended the first quarter with even more contraction, thanks to a souring relationship with its biggest trading partner China and political uncertainty at

    April 12, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Nicholas Spiro

    Asian corporate bond rally has gone too far

    For an indication of just how resilient emerging market assets have been since the upset victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election, look no further than Asian corporate bonds.Asia's emerging markets, which account for 45% of the main

    April 11, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar designates 20 fields to promote investment

    YANGON -- Myanmar's efforts to promote investment will target 20 newly designated fields covering 192 types of businesses and services, using a law enacted in October that makes it easier for foreign companies to receive tax benefits.The industries

    April 11, 2017 06:45 am JST