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    Indonesia searches for a new top oilman

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Indonesia has two weeks left to determine who will be the next leader of the state-controlled energy company Pertamina, after its two top executives were ousted on Feb 3 because of what its major shareholder said was a lack of teamwork.


    Aloha America

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/02/2017

    » A perceived rise in anti-foreigner sentiment in the United States has not diminished the desire of AirAsia X to connect Southeast Asia with America. The low-cost carrier last week launched its first US-bound service, from Osaka in Japan to Honolulu in Hawaii, especially Japanese tourists to Hawaii, AirAsia X and its regional budget peers are also adding aircraft to their fleets to meet steadily rising demand for cheaper flights.


    Put people at Asean's heart

    Asia focus, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 20/02/2017

    » I was just a child when the strongmen from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand announced the formation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the mellow Thai resort town of Bang Saen in 1967.


    Inclusiveness the cure for what ails globalisation

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Inclusive development policies designed for different groups in society will be the key to making globalisation work the way it was intended to, says a banking executive.


    Engineering the future

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Adjusting to the uncertainty of China's "new normal" phase coinciding with an economic slowdown is an uphill task for business leaders, but Zhang Jianguo believes he is plotting the right course. The vice-president of China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) is pursuing a strategy to promote long-term, sustainable growth by investing overseas and embracing technological change.


    Taming Pyongyang

    Asia focus, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 20/02/2017

    » For North Korea, reeling under severe United Nations sanctions, conducting missile tests has become a regular expression of political defiance and technological progress. Just last year, showing its continuing contempt for UN resolutions, it tested at least two dozen missiles, including a submarine-launched ballistic missile.


    Cleaner energy for all

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/02/2017

    » It sounds like a pipe dream when Liu Zhenya talks about China's aspiration to become the regional leader in renewable energy. Such talk appears at odds with the image many people have of smoke-belching fossil-fuel power plants and some of the world's most polluted cities.


    'Twitter minister' to the rescue

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Nearly a year after his wedding, Santosh Bandargattu Achari is optimistic that he will finally be able to settle down with his South African wife soon. The 30-year-old IT specialist from Hyderabad married Monica Lisa Bradshaw, an NGO worker, last March in Johannesburg after a courtship of five years. She applied for an Indian visa in June and waited for months without hearing from Indian authorities.


    The road not taken

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Long before "connectivity" emerged as the all-purpose buzzword to describe the goal of regional integration, an ambitious plan was hatched for a land route from the Andaman to the South China Sea via Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. As good roads took shape, industries and economic development would follow. At least, that was the idea.


    Confident Centara sharpens regional focus

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East offer the most promising opportunities for Centara Hotels and Resorts to expand its presence, says a senior executive.

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