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    Year of turbulence

    Asia focus, Published on 31/12/2018

    » Two unpredictable men with weird haircuts and access to nuclear weapons had a friendly chat in Singapore -- and that was just one of the many noteworthy stories of 2018. Elsewhere in Asia, we witnessed some surprising political developments (Malaysia) and not-so-surprising ones (Cambodia), along with what seemed to be a disturbingly high number of natural disasters. Many see the latter as a manifestation of the growing impact of climate change, and it's a debate that is bound to intensify in the year ahead. Below, Asia Focus looks back on the eventful year now ending.


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    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 29/02/2016

    » Internationally best-selling author Kevin Kwan chuckles when he describes what his movie producers come across when scouting for locations or attending posh parties in Singapore with the local film crowd.


    Portugal explores new frontiers in Southeast Asia

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Portugal is keen to attract investment from Southeast Asian countries and also to see its own companies use Thailand as a springboard to other Asean markets.


    Confident Centara sharpens regional focus

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East offer the most promising opportunities for Centara Hotels and Resorts to expand its presence, says a senior executive.


    A year to remember

    Asia focus, Published on 26/12/2016

    » From the election of "Duterte Harry" in the Philippines to the affair of the "Female Rasputin" that has gripped millions of Koreans, it's been another memorable year in Asia. A few long-running political and security soap operas also continue to play out, most notably the drama in the South China Sea. As well, there is no sign that the tragedy of the Rohingya will end anytime soon. This week, Asia Focus takes a look back at some of the events and personalities that made headlines in 2016.


    Sharing Asia's growing wealth

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/10/2017

    » Everybody talks about the seemingly unlimited potential for growth in Asia Pacific. A huge population, rising middle class, rapid urbanisation and the digital communication boom are all driving economic expansion that surpasses that of developed economies, especially the United States and Europe.


    Productivity and protection in focus

    Asia focus, Published on 15/09/2014

    » Over the past two decades, countries across East Asia Pacific have experienced unprecedented economic development and rising productivity as a result of structural transformation, industrial development and migration to cities.


    Courts Asia on the move in physical and virtual worlds

    Asia focus, Published on 08/12/2014

    » Courts Asia Ltd, a Singapore listed retailer of consumer electronics and household furnishings, is looking to expand its regional reach after establishing a strong foothold in Singapore and Malaysia.


    Engaging with Asia

    Asia focus, Published on 29/09/2014

    » As Australia's top civil servant for both trade and diplomatic issues, Peter Varghese sometimes faces a challenging juggling act. The changing dynamics of economic and political relationships in Asia and elsewhere keep him busy as secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as he strives to keep his country's interests at the top of all the negotiations he undertakes.


    Myanmar powers up

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 10/06/2019

    » Desperate for increased power supplies, Myanmar is speeding up efforts to call international bids to get more electricity flowing into the national grid within 12 months. Authorities are also considering importing power from China and Laos.

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