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  • China says accord reached at last with Myanmar on oil pipeline

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China and Myanmar have reached an agreement on an oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries after almost a decade of talks, with the project due to start "very quickly", Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said on Mo

    April 10, 2017 11:11 pm JST
  • Duterte escalates rhetoric over disputed territories

    MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has stepped up his defense of the Philippines' purported sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea, after being barraged by criticism for being "soft" against Beijing.The Philippines will build stru

    April 8, 2017 05:22 am JST
  • ASEAN-Japan Innovation Network formed to create new linkages

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Private business groups from Southeast Asia and Japan sealed a new alliance on Friday in Tokyo to promote economic cross-pollination.The ASEAN Business Club, a group of top companies in Southeast Asia, signed a memorandum of cooperat

    April 7, 2017 11:55 pm JST
  • The lady in question

    Is foreign investment really stalling in Myanmar?

    YANGON -- Foreign direct investment is crucial to Aung San Suu Kyi's plans to build a flourishing and dynamic economy in a country that has suffered decades of mismanagement. Myanmar's colossal infrastructure needs cannot be met without the help of

    April 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The lady in question

    Myanmar business sector disappointed with pace of reform

    YANGON -- When the National League for Democracy took power in Myanmar last year it inherited one of the world's fastest growing economies, but one still tangled in an arcane web of rules and regulations and in desperate need of modernization.The la

    April 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The internet poised to dethrone TV as ad king

    PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Television's reign as the dominant advertising medium appears near its end, as sellers increasingly reach out to consumers through mobile devices.The rise of smartphones provides a tailwind for spending on internet ads, which is e

    April 7, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • ASEAN workers 'compromising digital security'

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asian workers are compromising security by using personal devices for work, making organizations in the region highly susceptible to cyber threats externally and internally, said VMware, a company specializing in cloud infrast

    April 6, 2017 08:05 pm JST
  • The lady in question

    Suu Kyi's NLD has a growth problem

    YANGON -- Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, made a rare admission of fallibility in a televised address to the nation on March 30."We did what we could for the sake of our country and the people in the first year," she said in a speech ma

    April 6, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • The lady in question

    Defiant and defensive, Suu Kyi struggles to bridge Myanmar's divisions

    YANGON -- Aung San Suu Kyi's first anniversary as Myanmar's de facto leader should have been the celebration of a glorious beginning. The year started with the handover of power on March 30, 2016, by the military-backed government of President Thein

    April 6, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Asian growth seen slowing to 5.7% in 2017: ADB

    MANILA -- Asia will not grow as fast this year due to policy uncertainty in advanced economies and an outflow of capital, the Asian Development Bank said on Thursday.In its 2017 Asian Development Outlook, the Manila-based lender projects growth for

    April 6, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Myanmar business sector disappointed with pace of reform

    YANGON -- When the National League for Democracy took power in Myanmar last year it inherited one of the world's fastest growing economies, but one still tangled in an arcane web of rules and regulations and in desperate need of modernization.The la

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Suu Kyi's strategic silence

    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

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's army struggles against a strong new rebel alliance

    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

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis: ASEAN shows its age as it turns 50

    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

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Defiant and defensive, Suu Kyi struggles to bridge Myanmar's divisions

    YANGON Aung San Suu Kyi's first anniversary as Myanmar's de facto leader should have been the celebration of a glorious beginning. The year started with the handover of power on March 30, 2016, by the military-backed government of President Thein Se

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Suu Kyi's NLD has a growth problem

    YANGON Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, made a rare admission of fallibility in a televised address to the nation on March 30."We did what we could for the sake of our country and the people in the first year," she said in a speech marki

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hedge funds suffer money exodus

    TOKYO -- Once wielding powerful influence on global financial markets, hedge funds are losing customers as more investors shun their high fees amid poor returns.Hedge funds tracked by Eurekahedge saw fund outflows of $60.7 billion by the end of Febr

    April 6, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Vietnamese joint venture to offer microfinancing in Myanmar

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam's Dragon Capital Group and Myanmar's Ruby Hill Financial on Wednesday signed a deal to set up a joint venture that will provide loan products and services to the burgeoning workforce driving Myanmar's rapid economic devel

    April 6, 2017 01:30 am JST
  • Meters might save the tuk-tuk in Cambodia

    PHNOM PENH -- Three-wheel tuk-tuks are a popular means of transportation in Southeast Asia, but negotiating fares with drivers is a headache for locals and foreign tourists alike.EZGo, whose drivers can be hailed with an app, has been on the streets

    April 5, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Dimitris Tsitsiragos

    Asia can boost growth through cross-border investment

    Cross-border investments are not only spurring rapid growth in the economies of East Asia, they are going a long way to making the region an engine of global expansion. In its 2016 World Investment Report, the United Nations Conference on Trade and

    April 4, 2017 06:34 pm JST