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    Belt and Road: Just a vast mess?

    News, David Fickling, Published on 10/01/2019

    » Is China's Belt and Road Initiative a bold infrastructure vision, or a slush fund? The question is becoming more pressing.

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    Making the connection

    Asia focus, Published on 02/05/2016

    » HONG KONG - As economic momentum continues to shift eastward, China is taking a greater role in global affairs through ambitious development projects intended to connect the region and strengthen economic cooperation with the rest of the world.

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    One currency to link them all: the rise of the renminbi

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 21/11/2016

    » International use of the Chinese renminbi is expected to surge in the next five to 10 years given the need for financing by the Chinese government of infrastructure projects under its One Belt One Road (OBOR) programme, a banking executive says.

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    A shortcut to convenience and cash

    Spectrum, Erich Parpart, Published on 25/03/2018

    » Pakdee Tanapura, head of the Thai Canal study team at the Thai-Chinese Culture and Economy Association, argued that because of current congestion in the Malacca Strait, the Thai Canal would provide another channel for ships.

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    Adjusting to the new China

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 12/03/2018

    » The National People's Congress of China opened its annual legislative gathering last Monday with Prime Minister Li Keqiang announcing a conservative 2018 economic growth target of around 6.5%, and the biggest rise in military spending in three years. The budget for the People's Liberation Army is rising 8.1% to 1.1 trillion yuan or US$175 billion.

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    The light dims in Hong Kong

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Like many Thais, I have always considered Hong Kong my favourite destination. Perhaps it's because I've long been a big fan of the soap operas and martial arts films from Shaw Brothers Film Studio that dominated our television sets and cinemas during the 1970s and '80s. Hong Kong in those days was the epitome of glitz, a unique, vibrant and advanced Asian city where Eastern and Western cultures melted together into an exciting blend.

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    Engineering the future

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Adjusting to the uncertainty of China's "new normal" phase coinciding with an economic slowdown is an uphill task for business leaders, but Zhang Jianguo believes he is plotting the right course. The vice-president of China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) is pursuing a strategy to promote long-term, sustainable growth by investing overseas and embracing technological change.

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    Asean 'must bolster maritime strength'

    News, Patpon Sabpaitoon, Published on 04/12/2018

    » As the chair of Asean next year, Thailand needs to push for a strong initiative on the Code of Conduct (COC) to show the regional bloc's strength in the maritime domain, a Japanese security expert said on Monday.

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    Thai firms looking beyond backyard

    Business, Published on 20/06/2017

    » Thai companies are looking beyond Asean for mergers and acquisitions, while the stronger baht is expected to help lower financial costs for these deals, HSBC says.

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    Shariah with Chinese characteristics

    Life, Published on 16/09/2016

    » Matthew S. Erie, a trained lawyer and ethnographer who teaches at Oxford University, lived for two years in Linxia, a small city in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu. Known as China's Mecca, it is a centre of religious life for the Hui, an ethnic minority numbering 10 million who practise Islam. Along with the Turkic Uighurs, they are one of 10 officially recognised ethnic groups that practise Islam, making the total population of Muslims in China around 23 million, according to the 2010 government census.

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