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    Myanmar government overhaul imminent

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 29/01/2018

    » A major shake-up in Myanmar's administration is in the pipeline as the government tries to tackle obstacles that stand in the way of economic progress, improved transparency and a more efficient bureaucracy.

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    PM turned pursuer: Mahathir aims to do the unthinkable

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 04/12/2017

    » Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is confident that the Pakatan Harapan (Pact of Hope) opposition coalition, supported by his party and others, will make electoral history next year and end six decades of rule by the United Malays National Organisation (Umno).

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    Worries about korea and france keep trade subdued

    Business, Published on 24/04/2017

    » Recap: Global stock markets were subdued earlier last week amid concerns over mounting geopolitical tension on the Korean peninsula and Sunday's first-round presidential election in France. However, sentiment for risk assets improved later as optimism spread about US tax reform. The Thai stock market moved back and forth amid a dearth of positive catalysts.

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    A year to remember

    Asia focus, Published on 26/12/2016

    » From the election of "Duterte Harry" in the Philippines to the affair of the "Female Rasputin" that has gripped millions of Koreans, it's been another memorable year in Asia. A few long-running political and security soap operas also continue to play out, most notably the drama in the South China Sea. As well, there is no sign that the tragedy of the Rohingya will end anytime soon. This week, Asia Focus takes a look back at some of the events and personalities that made headlines in 2016.

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    Syria and Trump-Xi talks keep investors on sidelines

    Business, Published on 10/04/2017

    » Recap: Markets were rattled late last week after US cruise missiles struck a Syrian air base, while global investors moved to the sidelines pending the outcome of talks between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Safe-haven assets such as the yen and gold soared and oil prices also surged. The formal promulgation of the country's 20th constitution, ensuring an election sometime late next year, helped keep the Thai stock market in a rangebound trade.

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    Equity rally pauses as investors contemplate Fed

    Business, Published on 06/03/2017

    » Recap: Equity markets jumped last week in the US and are up 10% since the presidential election in November, as consumer confidence hit a 15-year high, further supporting the case for higher interest rates when the US Federal Reserve meets on March 14-15.

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    Investors hedge bets as us presidential race tightens

    Business, Published on 07/11/2016

    » Recap: Global stocks were sold off last week as investors shunned riskier assets ahead of this week's US presidential election, as opinion polls showed the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump narrowing.

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    Stocks gyrate as traders ponder life under Trump

    Business, Published on 14/11/2016

    » Recap: Global stock markets yo-yoed last week in response to Donald Trump's surprising US presidential election victory. US equities rose to record highs, led by financials, on expectations of lighter regulation and higher spending. But most markets elsewhere sank on concern that Mr Trump's stance against free trade and immigration could curb economic growth and increase geopolitical uncertainty. They also fear his spending plans will push up inflation, possibly triggering more aggressive rate increases by the Federal Reserve and prompting capital outflows from emerging markets.

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    World economy: Is the pendulum swinging back?

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 12/10/2017

    » Around the time we entered the new millennium, humanity moved from information intensification into a new economic age: the age of creation intensification. In the innovation economy, the key competitive advantage of individuals, companies and countries alike is creation -- the ability to use existing and newly emerging theories, know-how and technologies to create novel, original and meaningful value.

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    Strong city-state continues to engage with the world

    Asia focus, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 14/09/2015

    » Without having to confront the more "competitive politics" feared before last Friday's election, Singapore will still be able to enjoy its status quo in the regional arena, according to analysts.

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