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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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    Investors move to sidelines ahead of general election

    Business, Published on 16/03/2019

    » The SET Index moved sideways amid softer turnover this week as many investors started to move to the sidelines ahead of the March 24 general election. We expect Thai shares to continue in a sideways/sideways-down pattern for another week before staging a post-election rally.

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    Politics by the book

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 20/05/2019

    » The Indian election that concluded yesterday -- the results of the six-week voting marathon will be announced on Thursday -- has been fought as much on the ground as in the literary space. Publishers have launched dozens of books on politics and elections since January.

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    Campaign trail blues

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 13/05/2019

    » Rajesh Agarwal recalls the 1980s with fond nostalgia. Whenever Indians went to the polls back then, business was brisk for the co-owner of Chhagan Lal & Sons, an international promotional merchandise company based in Jaipur.

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    Exercising control over a Thai company

    Business, Published on 17/12/2018

    » The private limited company is still a relatively new concept in Thailand; the earliest laws dealing with companies were only passed in 1900, and one of the first corporations in Thailand, Siam Commercial Bank, was only formally established in 1906. Prior to this, businesses were usually organised as family partnerships that lacked any formal legal personality.

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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.

  • BUSINESS

    Care and feeding of a fragile economy

    Business, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Raising the policy interest rate at a time when the country's economy remains vulnerable could stall a recovery towards sustained growth, warns Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong.

  • BUSINESS

    Investors eye Argentina talks, May's Brexit sales job

    Business, Published on 01/12/2018

    » Recap: Emerging-market shares fell yesterday, backtracking from the upward trend of the past month as investors took a cautious stance ahead of high-stakes US-China trade talks over the weekend, along with British Prime Minister Theresa May's attempt to win parliamentary support for her Brexit deal forged with the EU.

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    Can Modi repeat?

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 24/09/2018

    » A day is a long time in politics, so they say. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in power for four years and four months, and his day of reckoning with the voters is still seven months away.

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    Minister on a mission

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Soe Win has been in his post for less than two months, but already there are significant signs that Myanmar's new finance minister is ready to deliver on the government's commitment to boost economic growth.

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