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    Regional trade in the spotlight

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 23/11/2020

    » The participation by outgoing US President Donald Trump in a virtual Asia Pacific summit last Friday highlights the importance of Asia in the global economic landscape. Held by Malaysia, the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum was also attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was fresh from the success of signing the world's largest free-trade agreement (FTA) the previous weekend.

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    Shaping a green future

    Asia focus, Apiradee Treerutkuarkul, Published on 23/11/2020

    » Sonika Manandhar remembers riding in her father’s minibus in her hometown of Kathmandu when she was five years old. Thanks to a loan programme from the government, her father was able to buy the bus and earn a living to support his family and send her to school until she earned a computer engineering degree.

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    What the RCEP will mean

    Asia focus, Suwatchai Songwanich, Published on 23/11/2020

    » The long-awaited Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was finally signed on Nov 15 during a virtual meeting between leaders of the 10 Asean member states and five dialogue partners — China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

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    Myanmar maps out recovery and reform

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 23/11/2020

    » The Myanmar government is putting the finishing touches on an ambitious new economic recovery and reform plan. To be announced during the current transition period following the Nov 8 elections, it will be part of the strategic plan for the next five years.

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    India-Sri Lanka commercial diplomacy

    Asia focus, Published on 23/11/2020

    » India’s rising leadership role in the region, growing engagement with Asean and within forums such as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is helping to protect the common interests of India and its southern island neighbour Sri Lanka.

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    Ready to deliver

    Asia focus, Pattama Kuentak, Published on 23/11/2020

    » Emerging from a fortnight in quarantine after returning from his home country Malaysia, Tien-long Woon is eager to get back to business in Thailand. “Fantastic” is the word he uses to describe his first reaction to the world outside and a taste of local ice-cream to celebrate.

  • BUSINESS

    New hope in a post-Trump world

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 16/11/2020

    » Following Thai politics is making me increasingly frustrated, and I'm losing hope that things will ever get back to normal. Case in point: not only do we have a cabinet minister who served four years in an Australian prison for drug trafficking, but now one of his wives has been appointed to a position in the Prime Minister's Office.

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    After the Covid election

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 16/11/2020

    » Myanmar's "Covid election" has dominated the local psyche for more than a month now. The coronavirus crisis changed the nature of campaigning for the Nov 8 polls, severely affected the voting process and delayed the second stage of the government's pandemic recovery plans. While everyone was preoccupied with the polls, the country was virtually on hold.

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    Watershed moment for Asean conglomerates

    Asia focus, Published on 16/11/2020

    » We have been tracking Southeast Asia's conglomerates for 16 years, and what we long predicted has finally happened. After years of enjoying a competitive advantage over their pure-play counterparts, the tables have turned, and pure plays have overtaken conglomerates in multiyear shareholder performance.

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    China tackles food security fears

    Asia focus, Suwatchai Songwanich, Published on 16/11/2020

    » The Covid-19 crisis is adding to China's food security risks as importers have been told to avoid frozen food imports from countries suffering severe outbreaks after positive tests on packaging of some imported seafoods.

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