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  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    ASEAN at 50: Carry on soul searching?

    The slogan of ASEAN 2017 under its Philippine chairmanship -- "Partnership for Changes, Engaging the World" -- is telling. After five decades of existence, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations continues to do what it has always done best -- so

    April 28, 2017 11:50 pm JST
  • ASEAN airs 'grave concern' over North Korea missile tests

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday became the latest body to voice anxiety over rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula. In a statement, ASEAN foreign ministers expressed their "grave concern over the escalation of tensio

    April 28, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific leads global business travel

    BANGKOK -- Business travel within Asia is growing at twice the pace of the rest of the world and looks set to overtake the top-spending Americas within 10 years, according to research by the World Travel and Tourism Council, a leading industry body,

    April 27, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • The long, frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    Challenges faced by Asian capital markets present huge potential

    The economies of South and Southeast Asia are all in their own unique stages of development, and each capital market faces a different set of challenges. A common theme, however, is that new business opportunities are cropping up across the region.

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    New frontiers, new opportunities

    Introduction: Challenges faced by Asian capital markets present huge potentialFor the second year in a row, the Nikkei Asian Review and The Banker, a Financial Times Group publication, have teamed up to produce a special report looking at the state

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    How microfinance can help Myanmar meet its major funding needs

    Myanmar's economy has logged one of the fastest growth rates in the world since it opened up in 2011, but its development of channels for financing such growth has not kept pace.The stock market, which began trading in March 2016, has just four list

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • If US won't lead on trade, China will: Ex-US trade rep

    TOKYO America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves the door open for China to set the agenda in Asia-Pacific trade, warns former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.Now a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The long and frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies el

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Challenges faced by Asian capital markets present unique opportunities

    The economies of South and Southeast Asia are all in their own unique stages of development, and each capital market faces a different set of challenges. A common theme, however, is that new business opportunities are cropping up across the region.

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • How microfinance can help Myanmar meet its major funding needs

    Myanmar's economy has logged one of the fastest growth rates in the world since it opened up in 2011, but its development of channels for financing such growth has not kept pace.The stock market, which began trading in March 2016, has just four list

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN countries at impasse on North Korea

    MANILA -- Association of Southeast Asian Nations members are reportedly at odds over how to address mounting international controversies over North Korea at an upcoming summit after the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother

    April 27, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • Aung Naing Oo

    Myanmar peace process lurches toward next phase

    Myanmar's troubled peace negotiations with armed ethnic groups, aimed at ending 70 years of civil conflict in Myanmar, are causing problems for the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.Under a framework agreement betwee

    April 25, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN easing stance on China's maritime encroachment

    MANILA -- As leaders of Southeast Asian nations prepare to meet for an annual summit starting Wednesday, their collective stance against China's territorial ambitions appears to have grown markedly softer, reflecting delicate balancing acts by count

    April 25, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    Pence puts Trump administration on right foot with ASEAN

    During his week-long trip to four major Asia-Pacific countries, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a strong message of a continued U.S. security commitment to the region and a firm stance on trade issues in line with U.S. President Donald Trum

    April 23, 2017 06:10 pm JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    Is your job robot-ready?

    TOKYO -- Robots are making people redundant, and you may be next.Once a flight of fancy, we are now in an age where workers of all stripes, including professionals and white-collar workers, could be on the receiving end of pink slips thanks to robot

    April 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Cambodia taps Japanese blockchain tech for payment system

    TOKYO -- The National Bank of Cambodia will develop a blockchain-based payment system with help from a Japanese financial technology startup to offer people a secure, low-cost way of sending and receiving money.The central bank, which doubles as the

    April 21, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • 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