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    New Zealand draws nearer

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 21/10/2019

    » New Zealand is making a major effort to forge closer ties with Asean and the rest Asia, pinning its hopes on a conclusion to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), as world trade is being disrupted by US-China tensions, the country's trade minister says.

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    Proactive Asean essential

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 28/01/2019

    » The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) must be more proactive in influencing the discourse on the new geostrategic architecture and play a more active role in shaping the international economic system, says secretary-general Lim Jock Hoi.

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    7 supply chain predictions

    Business, Published on 19/02/2020

    » Innovation and transformation are occurring at a speed never witnessed before as the digital revolution changes the way we live, work and interact. The power of information is clear as more decisions are based on data, while the application of artificial intelligence (AI) is starting to deliver significant value.

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    Cambodia at the crossroads

    Asia focus, Published on 30/09/2019

    » Cambodia is just five months away from learning whether its US$8-billion garment and footwear industry will continue to enjoy preferential trade status in the European Union (EU), the country's second largest trading partner and largest export market.

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    A geopolitical pivot

    Life, Published on 01/12/2017

    » During the Indochina War years from the 1950s through to the 1970s, America's seven military bases in Thailand symbolised the extraordinary extent of US influence over the politics and development of the Kingdom. In the subsequent 30 years, American influence in Thailand has slowly but steadily waned, largely supplanted by a rising China. Thailand, which had been a linchpin of America's Asian strategy, is now instead a linchpin of China's Asian strategy. American soldiers on R&R have been replaced by Chinese tourists, American airbases by plans for Chinese high-speed rail links. China, not the US, is now Thailand's largest trading partner.

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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.

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    Thai shares slump for ninth straight day

    Reuters, Published on 09/12/2019

    » Most Southeast Asian markets weakened on Monday, as worries over poor economic data from China offset Wall Street cheer on strong US jobs data, while investors buckled in for a crucial week of trade negotiations.

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    RCEP causing rifts in India

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 28/10/2019

    » As talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) enter their final stages, opposition to the 16-country Asian trade pact is growing among the Hindu nationalist groups that the government counts on for support.

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    China rolls into heart of Southeast Asia

    News, Thana Boonlert, Published on 21/10/2019

    » Xi'an International Inland Port Multimodal Transportation Company has unveiled China's plan to launch a freight service from Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province, to Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, by the end of this year under the much-touted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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    Open economy evangelist

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 14/08/2017

    » New Zealand has long been known for kiwi fruit, lamb and the invincible All Blacks, the fearsome national rugby team. But in the global economic sphere, the country is also known as a champion of open economies and free trade. Last year, the country was rated the world's second-best place to do business by Forbes magazine. That helps confirm its reputation in the field of trade -- and explains why the British government chose a New Zealander to head its post-Brexit trade negotiating team.

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