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    Shot in the foot

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 06/01/2020

    » A new citizenship law that the Indian government pushed through the two houses of Parliament early last month continues to cause more trouble than its proponents could ever have imagined.

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    Asia's century, China's year

    Asia focus, Published on 30/12/2019

    » Way back when 1999 was winding down, pundits were telling us that the Asian Century was about to dawn. That prediction has not yet been fully realised, but few would disagree that 2019 belonged to China. Over the past 12 months, the top headlines have been about the bruising trade war with America, defiant protests in Hong Kong against Beijing's tightening grip, and the rise of a surveillance state that is herding hundreds of thousands into "re-education" camps on its western fringes. Below, the Asia Focus team looks back on a busy and sometimes troubling 2019.

  • BUSINESS

    A New Year wish for women

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 30/12/2019

    » It's time to make a wish as we wave goodbye to 2019. My wish for 2020 is that it will be a better year for women working in the corporate sector and other parts of the economy. They deserve more recognition for their contribution to a society still dominated by men.

  • WORLD

    Plans take shape for Hindu mega-temple in Ayodhya

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 23/12/2019

    » Emboldened by a Supreme Court decision that came down on the side of Hindus, the Indian government is pressing ahead with plans for a major temple complex and tourist attraction at a long-disputed site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh state.

  • BUSINESS

    A lift in the trade war gloom

    Asia focus, Suwatchai Songwanich, Published on 23/12/2019

    » The news of a trade deal between China and the United States last week cheered markets and lifted the economic gloom -- even though it is only tentative and limited.

  • BUSINESS

    Fingers crossed for world trade

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 23/12/2019

    » It is clear now that the rise of protectionism and the current US tariff war against China and the rest of the world have led to a slowdown in global trade and demand. Since most export-led economies in Asia Pacific depend heavily on demand from China, any slowdown there is bad news.

  • WORLD

    Palm oil diplomacy

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 23/12/2019

    » Indonesia is stepping up its economic diplomacy in 2020 as trade disputes with the European Union (EU) are poised to escalate. The two sides have traded complaints at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Indonesia's two main commodities, palm oil and nickel ore, even as they continue talks for a free trade agreement.

  • BUSINESS

    Delivering quality

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 23/12/2019

    » The US-China trade war has had little impact on the Asia Pacific operations of the logistics giant DHL thanks to stronger performance from its e-commerce unit, says CEO Frank Appel, who believes the impact of trade conflict on the global economy has been overblown.

  • BUSINESS

    Japan's mission

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 23/12/2019

    » Waves of change -- geopolitical, technological and demographic -- have been sweeping across the world, and Japan is among the countries experiencing challenges on all those fronts. Amid a steady but slow economic recovery since he took office in 2012, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also seen his skills at international diplomacy tested, given his country's close ties with the United States.

  • WORLD

    Green deal for Asean

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 16/12/2019

    » In a move that could be seen as a reflection of the Green New Deal policy that it launched last week, the European Union (EU) is committing €24 million to support groups working to combat transboundary haze pollution and peatland fires in Southeast Asia.

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