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    Indonesian village turns trash into Covid helper

    Asia focus, Published on 20/09/2021

    » TEMBOK GEDE, East Java: A homemade robot designed by Indonesian villagers and scientists for fun has found a new use during the pandemic -- bringing food and, hopefully, a smile, to self-isolating residents who have contracted Covid-19.

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    How banks can finance a sustainable future

    Asia focus, Published on 20/09/2021

    » The battle against Covid-19 has been difficult. It has cost lives and livelihoods and stalled economies. Lockdowns have taken a toll on people's mental and physical health and on family relationships. Amid the lockdowns and reduced economic and social activities, however, global carbon dioxide emissions fell more than 6% last year to their lowest since 2006, based on research from the Global Carbon Project.

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    Shaping the Asean identity

    Asia focus, Apiradee Treerutkuarkul, Published on 20/09/2021

    » The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has come a long way in building its identity in the 54 years since it was founded. The concept of a regional community is well developed in areas such as trade and economic cooperation, but the cultural dimension remains a challenge.

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    Connecting with Laos

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 20/09/2021

    » Landlocked but rich in natural resources and geographically diverse, Laos has a lot to offer. Significant investments from neighbours including China have helped the country achieve economic growth of 6-7% a year over the past decade. Yet, inadequate infrastructure and the absence of a skilled workforce are among the reasons Laos has yet to fulfil its potential.

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    US and China should continue talks

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 20/09/2021

    » The United States last Wednesday took a major step in challenging China's massive influence in Asia by announcing a plan to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines that could eventually make their way into contested waters claimed by Beijing.

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    The Zeronomics challenge

    Asia focus, Published on 13/09/2021

    » The transition to net zero carbon emissions is one of the biggest challenges facing our generation. The Paris Agreement -- intended to stave off the worst effects of climate change by keeping global warming below 2°C -- requires companies and economies to move at an unprecedented pace.

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    Four-way street

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 13/09/2021

    » 'China versus the Quad" emerged as the theme of a recent panel discussion about the four-nation grouping and how it could shape its relations with other major players in the Indo-Pacific region.

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    We need better ways to work

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 13/09/2021

    » Having worked from home since mid-April, I have found myself feeling burned out. It is true that working from home helps corporate employees like me to cut travel time and expense, but that commuting time allows our brain to relax. Chatting with a friend on Line or checking on Facebook while heading home gives me a short break from thinking about work.

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    Hydrogen belongs in Asean's energy mix

    Asia focus, Published on 13/09/2021

    » Almost 20 years ago, I was at the forefront of the rapidly emerging hydrogen economy. As an engineering research fellow at the US Department of Energy, I was part of a team tasked with demonstrating low-carbon methods of producing the energy-dense gas suitable for large-scale production.

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    Baby Talk

    Asia focus, Pattama Kuentak, Published on 06/09/2021

    » Growing up by the beach and the South Pacific Ocean, it's impossible not to fall in love with the spectacular scenery and the sport that allows you to enjoy it the most: surfing. But Steven McArthur also loves science, biology in particular. That passion has sustained his trailblazing career as a fertility specialist for three decades.

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