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  • OPINION

    Is China's Arctic expansion plan a reason to worry?

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 01/02/2018

    » Last week, China said it plans to build a "Polar Silk Road" that will open shipping lanes across the largely pristine region at the top of the world. It's an ambitious idea for a country that lacks an Arctic border, and it has raised concerns around the world about China's ultimate intentions and its capacity for environmental stewardship. Although these are reasonable worries, they're almost certainly overblown.

  • OPINION

    Reckless development sows seeds of disaster

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 09/08/2018

    » As monsoon rains have struck the Mekong region recently, some countries have been hit hard by flooding. These disasters reflect the fact that the region's development projects have not fully recognised climate change impacts and so lack plans to deal with them.

  • OPINION

    Precious lessons for protecting our nature

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 13/06/2016

    » Last week, there was good and bad news about the environment. I learnt a lot about environmental protection measures during my June 6-7 visit to Japan's Yakushima Island, of which 20% of the total area is registered as a World Natural Heritage Site by Unesco. Later on June 9, I was happy to hear that various groups of people planted trees on some parts of deforested land in Nan and many other Thais planted trees elsewhere and also at home.

  • OPINION

    It need not be the end of the road

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/06/2016

    » Route 3077, a small lane that cuts through the heart of Khao Yai National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site, is one of my favourite drives. Several times my family brought me to this national park when I was very young.

  • OPINION

    Fight over disputed islands has just begun

    News, Josh Rogin, Published on 29/10/2015

    » After months of internal debate, the White House permitted the Defence Department to sail one ship near a reef in the South China Sea that China claims. The Chinese reaction shows Beijing has no intention of backing down. Now the Obama administration is debating what to do next.

  • OPINION

    China needs to eliminate its market contradictions

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Another tumultuous week for China's stock markets has dealt yet another blow to global confidence in Beijing's policy makers. Each tripped circuit-breaker and policy reversal has underscored the inherent contradiction China faces -- between the leadership's desire for the certainty of state control and the benefits of free markets.

  • OPINION

    Inclusive business is Asean's future

    News, Published on 18/09/2018

    » We, the people of Asean, our leaders, governments, businesses and activists want an Asia that works for all of us.

  • OPINION

    Corbyn has an awful economic idea

    News, Published on 26/06/2018

    » The UK Labour Party's plan to set the Bank of England a productivity target must rank among the worst ideas ever conceived for a central bank.

  • OPINION

    Pie in the sky?

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/06/2018

    » Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, and the Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) are aiming high. By 2021, three major airports, namely Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao will have a collective capacity to handle up to 200 million passengers a year.

  • OPINION

    Creating a healthier future

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 04/06/2018

    » In response to the rapid expansion of its greying population, Singapore has introduced compulsory healthcare insurance for elderly citizens. CareShield Life, an enhanced version of the existing eldercare programme, will require all Singaporeans aged between 30 and 40 to be enrolled from 2020. Policyholders who become unable to manage basic daily functions will receive S$600 (14,320 baht) a month, increasing over time to keep pace with long-term care costs.

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