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  • OPINION

    Don't rule out war over Taiwan

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 14/01/2019

    » Last week was a busy one for China. Headlines took note of fresh harassment of Taiwan, reports of possibly illegal gold mining by Chinese firms in Ghana, and of separatists threatening to attack Belt and Road projects in Pakistan and Malaysia.

  • BUSINESS

    The omnichannel future

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 14/01/2019

    » Consumers in the digital world are rapidly driving demand for easier ways to shop, especially in mobile-mad Asia. Easy means anytime, anywhere, while accepting all types of payments. That's where omnichannel comes in, derived from the Latin prefix omni meaning all or universal.

  • BUSINESS

    Japanese O2O cosmetics firm ready to grow in Asean

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 14/01/2019

    » Even though it started life as a pure online player that eventually became Japan's largest cosmetics review website, istyle Inc has been busy opening physical cosmetics stores throughout Asia in response to the growing online-to-offline (O2O) trend.

  • BUSINESS

    High-speed rail needs help to make an impact

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 07/01/2019

    » For all the hype surrounding Thailand's planned high-speed railway lines, their economic impact will be minimal without better planning to improve urban amenities and productivity in the services sector, say Japanese researchers.

  • OPINION

    We deserve a year-end break

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 24/12/2018

    » What a year it's been, riddled with natural and manmade disasters, not to mention the antics of Donald Trump. Between his landmark summit with North Korea's leader and the lingering trade war with China, the US president's second year in office has been an eventful one for Asia.

  • BUSINESS

    Youth movement

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 24/12/2018

    » There's true passion in every word when Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman talks about his belief in the power of youth. As the youngest cabinet minister in Asia at just 26 years of age, he is living proof.

  • BUSINESS

    Vital signs

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 24/12/2018

    » David Beckham, Tottenham Hotspur football club and the Vitality programme will continue to be the foundation of the AIA marketing strategy in Asia as the global insurer pushes to fulfill its brand promise of healthier, longer and better lives for customers.


  • BUSINESS

    Screen grab

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 17/12/2018

    » How many people these days watch TV with one eye on the big screen and the other on their smartphone? Quite a lot, but reaching this "multiscreening" audience effectively is a growing challenge for marketers.

  • BUSINESS

    Connected to win

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 17/12/2018

    » Flying over the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge gives you the best perspective on the growing links between the semi-autonomous region and China. Among them is the US$11-billion Guangshengang rail line that connects Hong Kong with the mainland's high-speed network.

  • BUSINESS

    Virtually covered

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/12/2018

    » As an enthusiastic user of two-wheeled transport -- both bicycles and motorcycles -- Nicolas Faquet understands what kinds of risks he has to take on the road every day.

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