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  • Global debt hits $215tn in 2016, led by emerging markets -- IIF

    Global debt rose to 325 percent of the world's gross domestic product in 2016, totalling $215 trillion, an Institute for International Finance report released on Monday showed, boosted by the rapid growth of issuance in emerging markets.Global debt

    April 4, 2017 09:14 am JST
  • ASEAN PMI rises to 50.9 in March

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 50.9 in March from 50.3 in February. All ASEAN economies except Malaysia recorded growth across their manufacturing sectors. A reading above 50 indicates economic ex

    April 3, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Myanmar PMI hits record high of 53.1 in March

    TOKYO -- Myanmar's manufacturing sector improved again at the end of the first quarter. The Nikkei Myanmar Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 53.1 in March from 51.9 in February, hitting the highest reading since the survey be

    April 3, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Low turnout mars lackluster Myanmar by-elections

    YANGON -- The governing National League for Democracy looks set to win most of the 12 national parliament seats contested in Saturday's by-elections, in Myanmar's first vote since the 2015 poll that saw the NLD romp to a historic landslide victory a

    April 2, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar by-elections take pulse of Suu Kyi's popularity

    YANGON (AP) -- Voter went to the polls Saturday for 19 by-elections in Myanmar, in the first test of the popularity of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy since it formed the government a year ago.Results are not expected until Sunday a

    April 1, 2017 10:45 pm JST
  • David I. Steinberg

    Trump administration alienates Asia hands, at America's peril

    In the Trump administration's search for savings in its proposed budget, it is surely significant that support has been eliminated for many of the federally funded but autonomous organizations devoted in whole or in large part to Asian affairs.Some

    April 1, 2017 05:01 am JST
  • Why China is wooing Myanmar's ethnic minority groups

    YANGON -- China is trying to increase its influence in Myanmar, and it is using the tensions between the government and ethnic minorities to gain leverage.By reaching out to major minority groups, such as the Shan and Rakhine, Beijing hopes to creat

    March 31, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Robert H. Taylor

    Discord, not devotion, will help Aung San Suu Kyi succeed

    It is not surprising that at the end of the first year of the National League for Democracy government of Myanmar, led by State Counselor and party chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi, commentators have been quick to summarize the year negatively. After al

    March 30, 2017 11:28 pm JST
  • Derek Mitchell: Myanmar's government -- time for a course correction?

    Myanmar will mark the anniversary on March 30 of the historic ascension to power of the National League for Democracy under its leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Those who experienced the euphoria after the embattled opposition's landslide victory in Novembe

    March 30, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • 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