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  • Myanmar braces for 30% drop in foreign investment

    YANGON -- Foreign investment in Myanmar appears poised to plunge roughly 30% for the year ending March 31 amid the absence of new oil and gas projects, highlighting the need for the government to lure other industries with deregulation and firm econ

    March 21, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Japan's gamble to help Myanmar's peace process

    KAYIN STATE, Myanmar -- As clashes between ethnic insurgents and military forces in northern Myanmar continue, a Japanese-funded venture is endeavoring to help fortify the peace process between two of the oldest foes in the country's 70-year conflic

    March 20, 2017 02:45 am JST
  • Malaysia's Tan Chong to expand Nissan sales network in Myanmar

    YANGON, SINGAPORE -- Malaysian automobile manufacturer and distributor Tan Chong Motor group will ramp up its presence in Myanmar, quintupling its network of dealerships to 15 by 2022.The group will offer vehicles from its partner Nissan Motor and a

    March 17, 2017 03:40 am JST
  • Australia's Bishop gives sermon to ASEAN on diplomacy

    MANILA -- Julie Bishop, the Australian foreign minister, called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Thursday to heed a landmark arbitration court decision last year when a fresh code of conduct to handle territorial disputes in the Sout

    March 16, 2017 11:22 pm JST
  • Hollow growth leaves Cambodians wanting more

    PHNOM PENH -- On the morning of Feb. 14, about 100 villagers had gathered on a street near the official residence of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.They tried to march to the residence to hand the prime minister a petition asking for his help in r

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
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    International donors must call Cambodia out on corruption

    Cambodia's economy has grown rapidly in the last two decades, with gross domestic product increasing almost sixfold from 1998 to 2015, according to the World Bank. But for most of that period, headline economic growth failed to generate commensurate

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Cambodian 'democracy' is on its last legs

    Just a few years after it appeared to be on the verge of a remarkable political rebirth, Cambodia's opposition -- the Cambodia National Rescue Party -- is fighting for survival.Attacks from the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen began after the

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The 'Chinazation' of Cambodia

    HONG KONG/PHNOM PENH -- Just a few blocks from the Royal Palace, in the traditional heart of downtown Phnom Penh, sits one of Cambodia's most renowned Chinese schools. Over the past century, the Tuan Hoa School has witnessed the many ups and downs o

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hollow growth leaves Cambodians wanting more

    PHNOM PENH On the morning of Feb. 14, about 100 villagers had gathered on a street near the official residence of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.They tried to march to the residence to hand the prime minister a petition asking for his help in reco

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Cambodian 'democracy' is on its last legs

    Just a few years after it appeared to be on the verge of a remarkable political rebirth, Cambodia's opposition -- the Cambodia National Rescue Party -- is fighting for survival.Attacks from the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen began after the

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The 'Chinazation' of Cambodia

    HONG KONG/PHNOM PENH Just a few blocks from the Royal Palace, in the traditional heart of downtown Phnom Penh, sits one of Cambodia's most renowned Chinese schools. Over the past century, the Tuan Hoa School has witnessed the many ups and downs of t

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Cambodia's Brown Coffee brews up entrepreneurial success

    Brown Coffee is the most popular coffee shop among Phnom Penh's younger crowd. Managing partner Chang Bunleang, 30, cofounded the chain in 2009 with three cousins, including an architect and a software engineer. All four had returned from studying o

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Cambodia's teachers cannot afford to be professional

    PHNOM PENH Few teachers in the public system anywhere in the world will tell you that high salaries are one of the perks of the job. Educators in Cambodia, however, face an uphill battle just to get started in the profession.Recently, a 43-year-old

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • International donors must call Cambodia out on corruption

    Cambodia's economy has grown rapidly in the last two decades, with gross domestic product increasing almost sixfold from 1998 to 2015, according to the World Bank. But for most of that period, headline economic growth failed to generate commensurate

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Multinationals in Asia: Heineken's future depends on Southeast Asia

    HANOI/GENEVA The world's second-largest brewer, Heineken, is on the offensive in Southeast Asia.The Dutch company plans to expand production capacity more than tenfold at its Vietnamese plant, and has begun operating new plants in other locations li

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia braces for an energy M&A bonanza

    DENPASAR, Indonesia Merger and acquisition activity in Asia's energy sector will accelerate this year as crude oil prices stabilize and major Western oil producers seek to divest assets in the region, analysts say.Royal Dutch Shell announced plans i

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN businesses want clarity from Trump on trade

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Business groups in Southeast Asia are advocating the continuation of open trade policies, just as U.S. President Donald Trump looks to advance his protectionist agenda. More than anything, perhaps, companies across the Association of

    March 14, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • Myanmar to solicit bids for its 1st LNG terminal

    YANGON -- An international tender to build Myanmar's first liquefied natural gas terminal will start as early as April, presenting a business opportunity for Asian trading and energy companies, according to a government source.Along with a floating

    March 14, 2017 02:25 pm JST
  • Internet ventures blooming in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Internet startups offering such services as car-hailing and payments are attracting many consumers in this booming economy, and the sector is expected to evolve further with a smartphone boom and improving infrastructure.Smart way to move

    March 13, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Oji expands sales of baby diapers to Vietnam, Cambodia

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Oji Holdings will start selling disposable diapers for babies in Vietnam and Cambodia, the Japanese paper company's latest effort to expand its Southeast Asian footprint.An Oji diaper plant in Malaysia that opened in spring 2016 will

    March 13, 2017 04:00 am JST