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    Non-tariff barriers in Asean stir rising frustration

    Asia focus, Published on 15/07/2019

    » Business leaders operating in Southeast Asia have expressed mounting concerns about the increase in non-tariff barriers (NTBs) in the region, saying they are keeping the region from reaching its full potential.

  • BUSINESS

    Lean times lasting longer

    Asia focus, Published on 15/07/2019

    » Most people know the province of Occidental Mindoro as a premier tourist destination in the Philippines. But agriculture and fishing are still the primary source of income for many of its 500,000 permanent residents.

  • BUSINESS

    Storybook success

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 15/07/2019

    » Prashant Bhilare's family has seen lot of prosperity in the last over two years, and they have books to thank for it.

  • BUSINESS

    Friend or Foe?

    Asia focus, Published on 15/07/2019

    » When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in April in Beijing for talks on how to approach disputes in the South China Sea, they came out smiling. "Both sides," declared Mr Xi, "should renew their trust in keeping promises … [and] maintain peace and stability" in the contested waters.

  • OPINION

    War at sea, or just talk?

    Asia focus, Published on 15/07/2019

    » In foundational game theory, war occurs when the cost of war for a state actor outweighs the cost of peace and negotiation. We can use this basic model to examine whether we are on the brink of armed conflict in the South China Sea -- described as a "likely zone of conflict" by US Adm James Stavridis in his book Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans.

  • OPINION

    Time for Asean to focus on integration

    Asia focus, Published on 15/07/2019

    » As storm clouds hang over the global economy, Asean is perceived as one of the fastest growing and more stable economic regions. This presents an opportunity to strengthen relationships with other partners, such as through China's Belt and Road Initiative and the US-initiated Free and Open Indo Pacific Plan, which is backed by Australia, India and Japan.

  • BUSINESS

    Paying for power stability

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 08/07/2019

    » The government of Myanmar has substantially increased electricity prices with immediate effect as it seeks to reduce its deficit -- electricity subsidies alone cost US$500 million a year -- and finance new power projects to end chronic blackouts.

  • BUSINESS

    Connecting Asia

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 08/07/2019

    » Infrastructure is one of the major catalysts for sustainable economic and social development in rapidly growing Asia. But financing the region's massive power, water, transport and telecommunications needs is becoming a growing challenge.

  • BUSINESS

    Star-crossed: Indian 'Oscar girls' suddenly unemployed

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 08/07/2019

    » Sneha Tanwar and her friend Suman have seen the best and worst of the world in the last four months.

  • BUSINESS

    Brand loyalty

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 08/07/2019

    » Having worked in the hospitality industry for 35 years and solely with Hilton, Paul Hutton has a lot of lasting memories of his time with one of the world's largest hotel chains, which celebrated its 100th anniversary on May 31. For a start, his three daughters are a constant reminder of his globetrotting career.

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