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  • BUSINESS

    Japan unveils $110bn plan to fund Asia infrastructure

    Published on 21/05/2015

    » TOKYO — Japan unveiled a plan on Thursday to provide US$110 billion (3.67 trillion baht) in aid for Asian infrastructure projects, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender that is seen as encroaching on the regional financial clout of Tokyo and its ally Washington.

  • OPINION

    Europe struggles over Trump plan

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 07/08/2017

    » 'We have to understand, that we Europeans must fight for our own future and destiny," said Angela Merkel. This was the German chancellor speaking to a crowd of supporters in May, after a testy few days of a G7 summit that included reports in German news media that Donald Trump had called her country "very bad" for selling so many cars to the United States -- and which saw the US president emerge as the only G7 dissenter on combating climate change.

  • OPINION

    Is populism a disease? Or a cure?

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 29/10/2018

    » Populist nationalism is here to stay. Many still believe it a phase which, like surliness in adolescence, will pass and be succeeded by orderly, thoughtful maturity. But they will find that the political world, already changed, will disappoint them. Liberalism, however defined, is not politics' default position: mainstream politicians are in a fight ring facing young contenders buoyed by a string of victories.

  • BUSINESS

    Canada comes calling

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/10/2018

    » The bilateral relationship with Asia Pacific is becoming "very important" for Canada amid rising trade tension in the world, says Jim Carr, minister of international trade diversification.

  • OPINION

    Surakiart's Rakhine mission no easy task

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 17/02/2018

    » After a dramatically shaky start, Surakiart Sathirathai's international advisory group is getting down to tackle the Herculean task of trying to find practical solutions to Myanmar's tragic inter-communal violence. As the Myanmar government comes under increased criticism and international scrutiny, Mr Surakiart believes he and his team must help Myanmar look forward and produce a comprehensive and sustainable plan to restore peace, harmony and development to the country.

  • BUSINESS

    Family first for vulnerable children, no matter what

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 30/07/2018

    » Should the state be responsible for taking care of children in vulnerable condition, orphaned or not? Many believe it has a duty in some cases, such as children who have been exposed to religious extremism and terrorism or even involved by militant parents in terrorist attacks.

  • BUSINESS

    Casualties of the trade war

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 23/07/2018

    » It seems the US-China trade war is going to affect more people in the two countries than first thought, in addition to the potentially devastating implications for the global economy.

  • NEWS

    US urges China to cut trade by $100 billion

    Reuters, Published on 16/03/2018

    » WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is pressing China to cut its trade surplus with the United States by $100 billion, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday, clarifying a tweet last week from President Donald Trump.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar confident of economic take-off this year

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 08/01/2018

    » After nearly two years in power, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her government face a crucial year ahead. Apart from significant political problems -- resolving the troubles in violence-torn Rakhine state and reviving the stalled peace process -- the government needs to show dramatically improved performance on the economic front.

  • BUSINESS

    Philip Morris bets on a smoke-free future

    Business, Published on 16/01/2018

    » Philip Morris International is switching its strategy to emphasise its heat-not-burn tobacco products, which, according to studies submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration, contain less harmful agents than traditional cigarettes.

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