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  • Joseph Chinyong Liow

    Southeast Asia views Trump administration with unease

    Since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam in 1973, the tendency among American foreign policy decision makers has been to pay relatively little attention to Southeast Asia compared to other regions, with the exception of counter-terrorism sin

    July 13, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Asean-5 survey shows little faith in political leaders

    Citizens across the Asean region see little cause for confidence in their governments, according to FTCR's Asean Political Sentiment Indices for the second quarter of this year.The index fell in three of the five countries surveyed, with only the Ph

    July 13, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Malaysia's May industrial output rises 4.6% on year, beats view

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysia's industrial production, driven mostly by the manufacturing sector, accelerated to beat market expectation in May, boosting prospects of stronger economic growth this year.The industrial production index -- a

    July 12, 2017 07:59 pm JST
  • Lotte Chemical Titan shares end below IPO price on lacklustre debut

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Lotte Chemical Titan Holding, the Malaysian unit of petrochemical giant Lotte Chemical Corp, fell on its trading debut on Tuesday amid weak investor appetite after the company cut size of the country's largest initial

    July 11, 2017 08:21 pm JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Shine comes off Asean consumer confidence

    Political risk in Thailand and inflation concerns in Indonesia contributed to a fall in the FTCR Asean Economic Sentiment Index to 59.3 in the second quarter, from 61.9 in the first. Those worries and a dip in confidence in the Philippines were enou

    July 11, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Growth prospects steady in Asian economies as Trump risk recedes

    Economists predict steady growth will continue in major Southeast Asian countries and India for 2017 and beyond, keeping their forecasts near the same levels as in the previous survey conducted three months ago. Concerns over protectionism and other

    July 11, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Malaysian June palm oil stockpile falls on lower output

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysia's palm oil inventory fell 1.93% in June from a month earlier, official data Monday showed, as a Muslim festival- shortened-work days dragged output lower amid robust demand through Ramadan.Palm oil stockpile

    July 10, 2017 07:50 pm JST
  • Business services sector leads Asian growth in June PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for June showed output growth in 15 of the 19 sectors monitored.Commercial & professional services (55.8) marked the sharpest growth, followed by beverages & food (55.0) and insuran

    July 10, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Two Southeast Asian exhibitions open in Tokyo

    TOKYO -- Two groundbreaking exhibitions of Southeast Asian art opened in the Japanese capital in early July. One tells the story of the immense changes the region has experienced over the past few decades; the other focuses on Thailand's long histor

    July 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Stylish Muslim shoppers give clothiers way into Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE/ISTANBUL/KUALA LUMPUR -- Clothing companies from the Middle East and elsewhere have begun catering to Southeast Asia's sizable Muslim population with affordable and fashionable takes on traditional garments, betting on rapidly rising deman

    July 8, 2017 05:05 am JST
  • TPP 11 to discuss writing US out of trade pact

    TOKYO -- Representatives of the 11 countries trying to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment agreement will meet in Japan next week to discuss in depth for the first time how to proceed without America.The negotiators will gathe

    July 8, 2017 05:01 am JST
  • Malaysia exports surge 32.5% in May

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's exports in May swelled 32.5% on the year to 79.4 billion ringgit ($18.5 billion), largely driven by demand for manufactured goods, the country's trade ministry said on Friday.The growth beat the 24% recorded two months ear

    July 7, 2017 08:30 pm JST
  • Malaysia probes cyberattack suspected of disrupting online stock trading

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysian authorities are investigating suspected a cyberattack that disrupted online stock trading at several local brokerages, the country's communications regulator said Friday.The Malaysian Communications and Mult

    July 7, 2017 06:58 pm JST
  • Malaysia probing suspected cyberattack that disrupted online stock trading-official

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysian authorities are investigating suspected cyberattack that has disrupted online stock trading at several local brokerages, the country's communication regulator said Friday.The Malaysian Communications and Mu

    July 7, 2017 12:19 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia could pick builders for high-speed rail by late 2018

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore and Malaysia aim to select developers for a joint high-speed-rail project by December of next year, according to company officials at an industry briefing held Wednesday by both countries.The 350km project will connect Singapo

    July 7, 2017 05:18 am JST
  • Malaysian plywood giant cutting shipments to Japan

    TOKYO -- Malaysia's Shin Yang group will reduce Japan-bound shipments of tropical plywood used in concrete formwork by about 30% starting in September, due to reduced supply of timber.The Malaysian leader in plywood has informed trading companies in

    July 7, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Bank Mandiri to expand in Malaysia as first 'ASEAN bank'

    JAKARTA -- Bank Mandiri will expand operations in Malaysia by using its newly awarded status as a cross-regional lender, Indonesia's largest state-owned bank said Thursday.Mandiri said it is the first bank in the region to be designated a qualified

    July 7, 2017 01:21 am JST
  • Rules alone won't ensure good governance in Asia

    BANGKOK -- The world is moving toward standardized regulations and codes of conduct for corporate governance. But while the rules themselves may be increasingly similar, their effects vary from one market to another, reflecting differences not only

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN's manufacturing index comes in flat as demand wanes

    HONG KONG After five months of expansion, Southeast Asia's manufacturing activity turned flat in June, with the Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index standing at the boom-or-bust line of 50.Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia experienc

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • US human trafficking report draws mixed reactions in Asia

    BANGKOK The annual Trafficking in Persons Report by the U.S. State Department has drawn mixed reactions in Southeast Asia, where human trafficking and forced labor have long been sensitive issues, while China bristled at the intrusion on its "intern

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST