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  • BUSINESS

    The race to space heats up

    Asia focus, Suwatchai Songwanich, Published on 13/01/2020

    » As the last decade ended, China successfully launched Long March 5, its largest carrier rocket and a key milestone for its planned mission to Mars later this year. This followed the achievement of being the first country to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, cementing China's place as a serious contender in 21st century space exploration -- a race that is certainly heating up.

  • WORLD

    Winning the war on plastic

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 13/01/2020

    » Asia is picking up the pace in tackling the plastic crisis. In Bangladesh, the High Court last Monday ordered the government to ban single-use plastics in coastal areas and in hotels and restaurants in one year. It also ordered the government to strictly enforce the ban on polyethylene -- the main ingredient in many plastic bags -- under the existing law.

  • BUSINESS

    Saving the world's water

    Asia focus, Patpon Sabpaitoon, Published on 13/01/2020

    » Despite being an essential component of life, water is a commodity that humans usually take for granted. For many, water scarcity is impossible to imagine because after all, 70% of our planet's surface is covered in water.

  • OPINION

    China's civilisational challenge

    Asia focus, Published on 13/01/2020

    » China's "one country, two systems" formula in Hong Kong is failing miserably. After months of large-scale pro-democracy protests – including violent clashes with police -- the city's voters dealt a powerful blow in November to pro-mainland parties, which lost 87% of the seats to pro-democracy rivals in district council elections.

  • BUSINESS

    Luxembourg beckons

    Asia focus, Thana Boonlert, Published on 13/01/2020

    » The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is looking at investment projects in Thailand to provide a springboard to the entire Southeast Asian market, a minister of the European country says.

  • BUSINESS

    Virtuous circle

    Asia focus, Published on 13/01/2020

    » Once a severely water-stressed country, Singapore has embraced a vision to turn itself into a "Global HydroHub" and is slowly but steadily becoming a leading centre for business opportunities and expertise in water technologies.

  • BUSINESS

    You make the news: How Spectee mines social media

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 13/01/2020

    » Spectee, a Tokyo-based information analysis company and online news agency, is looking for partnership in Southeast Asia where it is seeing huge growth in demand for video content.

  • BUSINESS

    Looking ahead with hope

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 06/01/2020

    » First of all, welcome back to work to anyone who is lucky enough to be starting today instead of last week. I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year celebration with their friends and families.

  • BUSINESS

    In tune with tech

    Asia focus, Published on 06/01/2020

    » Playing the piano is more than just a hobby for Maxwell Meyer. It was his first source of income, his first shot at fame, it helped get him through college, and it was how he managed to attract the attention of the woman who recently became his wife.

  • BUSINESS

    Food delivery needs to get greener

    Asia focus, Suwatchai Songwanich, Published on 06/01/2020

    » China is home to the world's largest online food delivery market, estimated to be worth US$37 billion in 2019, with rapid growth at 35% year-on-year in the third quarter alone. An online poll by National Business Daily found almost 23% of respondents ordered takeaway food every day, with nearly 52% saying they ordered it one to five times a week.

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