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  • BUSINESS

    Bargaining trumps bullets

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 25/11/2019

    » 'When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will." It's a blunt quotation and one that certainly got my attention when Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi used it last week.

  • BUSINESS

    Linking the EEC and the Greater Bay Area

    Asia focus, Suwatchai Songwanich, Published on 25/11/2019

    » Despite the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, the vision to develop the Greater Bay Area (GBA) in China continues to gain momentum. The plan, which was unveiled in February this year, is to build a cluster of world-class cities for work, life and leisure. At the centre would be Hong Kong, which together with 10 cities around the Pearl River Delta would form a thriving global hub of technology, innovation and economic vibrancy.

  • OPINION

    China's risky endgame in Hong Kong

    Asia focus, Published on 25/11/2019

    » Although the rapid escalation of violence in Hong Kong seems terrifying enough, things may be about to get much worse.

  • BUSINESS

    Creative approaches to ageing

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 18/11/2019

    » Across Asia, countries are coming to grips with demographic changes and seeking to improve the lives of their growing elderly populations. Japan, where the proportion of people aged 65 years and older is projected to rise from 28% now to 38% by 2050, is providing support to companies that retain older employees, as well as health, housing and mobility investments in response to emerging needs.

  • BUSINESS

    China's medical apps eye Asean

    Asia focus, Suwatchai Songwanich, Published on 18/11/2019

    » China's largest online healthcare platform, Ping An Good Doctor, is setting its sights on Southeast Asian expansion to tap growing regional demand for healthcare services and cater to the increasing number of middle-class mainland Chinese who are travelling to the region for medical treatment.

  • BUSINESS

    Meth menace

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/11/2019

    » Boshe, a community of 14,000 in Guangdong province in southern China, was once known as the "Breaking Bad Village" because it supplied one-third of the methamphetamine consumed in the country.

  • BUSINESS

    Shaping the wealth

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 18/11/2019

    » � These are exciting times for Asia's wealth market. The global economic centre of gravity has shifted to the region, which has now become the wealth creation centre of the world. A report issued in June by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) projected that wealth in Asia excluding Japan would expand by 9.4% from 2018 to 2023.

  • BUSINESS

    Tech tracker

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/11/2019

    » Being a technology analyst was a fairly undemanding profession when Jun-Fwu Chin started his career with IDC back at the turn of the millennium.

  • BUSINESS

    Digital finance and China's bubble economy

    Asia focus, Published on 18/11/2019

    » The development of inclusive finance has been vigorously promoted by the Chinese government in recent years. The goal is to provide more convenient and accessible financial services for its domestic market. Many of the initiatives involve digital applications, which is also consistent with strong government support for the digital economy.

  • BUSINESS

    Once bitten, twice shy

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 11/11/2019

    » When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked away from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) last week in Bangkok, it was just the latest in a long line of disappointing Indian experiences with free trade.

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