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  • China's foreign minister says maritime code negotiations with ASEAN to start this year

    MANILA (Reuters) -- China's foreign minister said on Sunday negotiations between Southeast Asian countries and China on a code of conduct for the South China Sea would start this year, and whatever agreement is made must be adhered to.Wang Yi told r

    August 6, 2017 05:05 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Michael Vatikiotis

    For ASEAN, collective security is key to future

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations was initially forged as a mechanism for managing collective security and so it is fitting that after a half century of existence, the organization should be judged on how successful it has managed the regio

    August 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Vietnam defies China's maritime aggression

    MANILA -- Vietnam has emerged as Southeast Asia's loudest voice in resisting China's expansionist moves in the South China Sea.At a meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that began here on Saturday, the Vietnam

    August 6, 2017 03:02 am JST
  • ASEAN firmly condemns North Korean missile tests

    MANILA -- Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged North Korea on Saturday to desist from raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula after the isolated communist nation successfully tested two long-range missiles l

    August 5, 2017 07:44 pm JST
  • Japan's Glico tripling ice cream production in Thailand

    OSAKA -- Japanese snack maker Ezaki Glico plans to triple ice cream output in Thailand to between 2 billion yen and 3 billion yen ($18 million and $27 million) worth of the sweet stuff by 2020. The Osaka-based confectioner at its own expense recentl

    August 5, 2017 06:46 am JST
  • Lazada hastens expansion of Alibaba's Taobao in Southeast Asia

    HONG KONG -- E-commerce in Southeast Asia is becoming a heated battleground, with Amazon.com the latest to join the competition. China's Alibaba Group Holding has invested $2 billion for a controlling stake in e-tailer Lazada, which operates in Indo

    August 4, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    To survive another 50 years, ASEAN must learn from its past

    As it celebrates its golden jubilee, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has come full circle. The daunting challenges it faced half a century ago are as durable as Southeast Asia's regional organization has been resilient.Notwithstanding occ

    August 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN shows little sign of closing ranks on North Korea

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Troubled as they are by North Korea's missile development, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have hesitated to take joint action to dial up the pressure further.ASEAN foreign ministers are expected to express "gra

    August 4, 2017 02:35 am JST
  • Toyota to roll out electric-car sharing in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Toyota Motor will launch an electric-vehicle sharing service in Thailand, offering 30 cars at a university by mid-2018 in its first such venture in an emerging economy.The service launches this December on the Chulalongkorn University cam

    August 3, 2017 11:59 pm JST
  • Developing Asia holds promise for time-honored Swiss bank

    BANGKOK -- Swiss private banker Lombard Odier is tapping into emerging Asia, where much of the world's asset growth is happening, according to Chairman Patrick Odier.The region is becoming "more and more important" for Lombard in terms of both clien

    August 3, 2017 06:57 pm JST
  • AMRO trying to prove itself as Asia's answer to the IMF

    BANGKOK -- AMRO, an agency established by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Japan, China and South Korea to monitor economies in Asia, is working to prove itself as an international research institution.The agency, whose name is short for

    August 3, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Amazon and Alibaba square off in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- Shoppers in Southeast Asia have long been wondering when Amazon.com will start offering its e-commerce services in their region.Local and regional e-tailers have been wondering the same thing. Taking the U.S. giant's eventual arrival as a

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Saha Group gets ready to ride Thailand's e-commerce wave

    We talked with executives from some of Asia's most influential companies on the sidelines of the second Nikkei Asia300 Global Business Forum, held in Bangkok on July 14. This week we wrap up our series of interviews with a look at emerging opportuni

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Amazon and Alibaba square off in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK Shoppers in Southeast Asia have long been wondering when Amazon.com will start offering its e-commerce services in their region.Local and regional e-tailers have been wondering the same thing. Taking the U.S. giant's eventual arrival as a gi

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Honda goes with the flow for an ultra-efficient factory

    Honda Motor's new plant in Prachinburi, Thailand, is unlike any other in the world. In operation since March of 2016, the factory currently turns out a mix of four models: the Jazz (also sold as the Fit), the City (also sold as the Grace), and four-

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • William Pesek: Thailand is on track for a lost decade

    The group of generals running Thailand risk giving the military a bad name for economic management.In 2014, a junta led by Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power, promising a return of public trust and the get-things-done competence that militaries use

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Munir Majid

    ASEAN integration lags the real world

    Any objective verdict on the achievements of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the last 50 years can only be mixed. Governments and public officials will say the glass is half full in assessing the organization, while non-governmental or

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan, US seek partners at ASEAN forum to lean on North Korea

    MANILA -- With North Korea slated to take part in the ASEAN Regional Forum next week, Japan and the U.S. will look to coordinate with other participants to put pressure on the rogue state to halt its missile provocations.The Philippines, this year's

    August 3, 2017 07:12 am JST
  • PTT Exploration snaps up stake in Malaysia LNG project

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's PTT Exploration & Production will invest $500 million in a Malaysian liquefied natural gas production base, seeking new sources of the fuel as Thai reserves become depleted.In the company's first foray into LNG production, a PT

    August 3, 2017 06:53 am JST
  • Line to jump on Thailand's ride-hailing bandwagon

    BANGKOK -- Japan's Line will start offering a ride-sharing service in Thailand's capital by adding a taxi-hailing function to a smartphone app.The Tokyo-based company announced that it will team up with the Bangkok Taxi Cooperative Network to launch

    August 2, 2017 02:46 am JST