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  • BUSINESS

    Education in the age of automation

    Asia focus, Lee Jong-wha, Published on 24/09/2018

    » As digital technologies and automation have advanced, fears about workers' futures have increased. But the end result does not have to be negative. The key is education.

  • BUSINESS

    Can Modi repeat?

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 24/09/2018

    » A day is a long time in politics, so they say. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in power for four years and four months, and his day of reckoning with the voters is still seven months away.

  • BUSINESS

    One-click travel

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 24/09/2018

    » Imagine relaxing at a spa prior to a flight to your favourite holiday destination. You board the plane, settle into the seat of your choice and freshen up with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, just the way you like it. Soon after, the chef's signature dishes that you pre-selected arrive, paired with the perfect glass of wine.

  • BUSINESS

    Tapping into wealth

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 24/09/2018

    » Three years ago, corporate consultant Bhaskar Prabhakara and his wife, Lavanya, were looking for a good source of personal investing advice. To their surprise, they struggled to find an advisory service that could give them what they had in mind. To make a long story short, they and their colleagues created one themselves.

  • BUSINESS

    Myanmar business mood darkens amid Rakhine outrage

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 24/09/2018

    » Myanmar is stepping up efforts to attract foreign investment and spur economic development. A diplomatic offensive to improve the country's tarnished international image is part of the campaign, but western companies are not being swayed.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar's illusory growth

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 24/09/2018

    » Since it began opening up to the world in 2011, Myanmar has been one of the most hyped economies in the region. With promising economic growth averaging 7% a year, a young workforce and abundant resources, the country of 53 million seems to present boundless opportunities for local and foreign investors alike.

  • BUSINESS

    China is losing the new cold war

    Asia focus, Published on 17/09/2018

    » When the Soviet Union imploded in 1991, the Communist Party of China became obsessed with understanding why. Government think-tanks entrusted with the task heaped plenty of blame on Mikhail Gorbachev, the reformist leader who was simply not ruthless enough to hold the Soviet Union together. But Chinese policymakers also highlighted other important factors, not all of which the country's leaders seem to be heeding today.

  • BUSINESS

    Big wheel

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 17/09/2018

    » Jeremy Clarkson, the outspoken former host of the hit BBC show Top Gear, once observed that a Lamborghini is for "people who want to move about in a big pantomime, massive West End musical full of colour and noise, and to hell with how fast you can go around the corner".

  • OPINION

    Fake goods a growing scourge

    Asia focus, Published on 17/09/2018

    » Listening to the news and enjoying a half-hour bubble bath are part of my morning routine. But a news item I heard recently got my day off to a bad start. I rushed through my post-bath preparations without touching any of the products I normally use.

  • BUSINESS

    Back in Beijing's orbit

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 17/09/2018

    » The Beijing-backed China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) took a major step forward last week with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries. While it signals a commitment to strengthen economic cooperation and lay the foundation for greater interconnectivity, the devil is in the details.

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