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  • OPINION

    Pyongyang's charm offensive

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 19/02/2018

    » A budget of US$2.6 million to ensure red-carpet treatment for North Koreans at the Winter Olympics is just one sign of South Korea's eagerness to revive dialogue with its dangerous neighbour. The North appears equally keen, based on the high-profile visit to Pyeongchang by Kim Yo-jong, the Supreme Leader's sister and Pyongyang's PR queen.

  • BUSINESS

    Makro explores new wholesale frontier in India

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 19/02/2018

    » Bangkok-based Siam Makro, part of US$50-billion Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group, has entered the cash-and-carry wholesale business in India with the launch of LOTS Wholesale Solutions, believing that this huge new market will one day surpass its business at home.

  • BUSINESS

    One cup at a time

    Asia focus, Published on 19/02/2018

    » For many, the city is the place for pursuing opportunities, but one woman has chosen to do the opposite. Jitchanok Tahwichai, 27, is part of a new trend powered by young people making their mark in the countryside and paving the way for sustainable community-based tourism.

  • BUSINESS

    Ready for the future

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 19/02/2018

    » As Japan's Teijin Group celebrates its centennial, president and CEO Jun Suzuki, who also turns 60 today, has every reason to be happy. Having worked for the maker of advanced fibres -- the only employer he has known for 34 years -- Mr Suzuki has begun to lay down a solid foundation for the next 100 years of Teijin.

  • BUSINESS

    All religions under one roof in hospital prayer room

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 19/02/2018

    » Every time Prakash Singh gets stressed about the condition of his brother-in-law Harbansh Singh, he leaves the visitors' waiting area in the hospital and goes into a prayer room where he can share his feelings with Waheguru (God).

  • BUSINESS

    One India, one election

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 19/02/2018

    » After introducing a single nationwide Goods and Services Tax in India, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now floating the idea of a single election day for the entire country.

  • BUSINESS

    Life after oil

    Asia focus, Nithi Kaveevivitchai, Published on 19/02/2018

    » Aware that oil won't last forever, Dubai has been betting on science, technology and the arts as it pursues economic diversification and sustainability. The initial results suggest it is setting an excellent example for other oil-exporting countries.

  • BUSINESS

    Will China weaponise social media?

    Asia focus, Kent Harrington, Published on 12/02/2018

    » Ever since the 2016 US presidential election, with its revelations about Russian meddling, European officials have been on the lookout for similar attacks. But Europeans aren’t the only ones paying attention. So, too, are China’s leaders, who are considering what they might learn from the Kremlin’s successes.

  • BUSINESS

    Indonesians in touch

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 12/02/2018

    » If there’s one thing that Indonesians can agree on when asked what smartphones and the internet are most useful for, it would be to access social media and messaging applications.

  • BUSINESS

    How free is Hong Kong?

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 12/02/2018

    » Acouple of incidents in Hong Kong caught my attention last week. The first was a report that the worsening influenza outbreak in the territory had prompted authorities to shut all kindergartens and primary schools just days before the scheduled Lunar New Year holidays. The flu has been especially severe this winter, having caused 111 deaths since January, and health experts warn it may not yet have peaked.

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