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    Asean-India dialogue at 25

    Asia focus, Published on 26/06/2017

    » The fourth Act East Business Show was held on June 1 in Shillong, the capital of the state of Meghalaya in northeastern India. It was my first time out of New Delhi as the new Thai ambassador to the country, having presented my credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee just two weeks earlier.

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    China's high-altitude land grab

    Asia focus, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 26/06/2017

    » Bite by kilometre-size bite, China is eating away at India's Himalayan borderlands. For decades, Asia's two giants have fought a bulletless war for territory along their high-altitude border. Recently, though, China has become more assertive, underscoring the need for a new Indian containment strategy.

  • BUSINESS

    3D Vision

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 26/06/2017

    » If you asked the CEO of an energy company if it was ready to go green, or why, you might expect a careful and diplomatic response, or maybe an explanation based on the business case for such a move. But that's not the sort of reply you'll hear from Isabelle Kocher.

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    World on the move

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 26/06/2017

    » It is not an overstatement to say that the world is no longer a safe and peaceful place. News of terrorist attacks has become a sad fact of daily life, most recently in London and Paris again this month.

  • BUSINESS

    Dogs, diets and decency

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 26/06/2017

    » A major annual festival kicked off last Wednesday in a small Chinese city to celebrate the pleasure of eating. Marred by controversy and criticism, this is no ordinary tribute to gastronomy and self-indulgence as it involves consuming canine meat.

  • BUSINESS

    Genting gets a makeover

    Asia focus, Published on 26/06/2017

    » The Genting Highlands in Malaysia usually bring to mind images of cards, rolling dice and the chiming sound of coins when bettors hit slot machine jackpots. The 53-year-old casino has long been a magnet for visitors from Southeast Asian nations. In the old days, punters needed to pile into coaches to climb the steep hills as high as 1,830 metres above sea level to place their bets at tables on the mountaintop.

  • BUSINESS

    Our weapons against terror

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 19/06/2017

    » Once in a while, Singapore appears on the world's radar but most of the time, no news is good news for the tightly run city-state. The buzz last week was all about an unseemly feud involving Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his two siblings over their late father's house.

  • BUSINESS

    Data deluge

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 19/06/2017

    » The idea of bringing machines to life or storing a huge trove of electronic data in a compact kiosk might have seemed far-fetched just a few decades ago, but the digital age has made the impossible become possible. A tap on the screen of your smartphone will show you how the digital revolution begins right in your pocket.

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    Reimagining Asean in 2025: competitive and inclusive

    Asia focus, Published on 19/06/2017

    » While there is broad public awareness that the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is making progress, especially with respect to lowering trade tariffs, the benefits of this progress are not always recognised on a day-to-day basis by the people of Southeast Asia.

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    Partnership paralysed

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 19/06/2017

    » The negotiations between Asean and its six partners in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) seem to be going nowhere. The outlook has become so dim that experts fear that unless national leaders call for an end to some forms of protectionism to salvage the agreement, the final document may not yield substantive benefits or may end up leaving out a large market such as India.

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