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  • OPINION

    Politics and peril for Asian women

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 16/05/2022

    » The political landscape in Asia has been very dynamic lately, but it is a disappointment to me personally that events have not been kind to women.

  • BUSINESS

    Post-pandemic healthcare

    Asia focus, Published on 16/05/2022

    » Health crises and emergencies such as Covid-19 have brought into sharp focus the critical need for preparedness. The unprecedented pandemic has led to a dynamically changing environment across the healthcare industry, posing challenges that call for innovative solutions.

  • BUSINESS

    China debates a financial stability guarantee fund

    Asia focus, Published on 16/05/2022

    » A Chinese government proposal for a financial stability guarantee fund to safeguard against systemic risks has attracted attention from many parties. Some have differing opinions on how to best resolve the current financial risks related to defaults and debt reduction, especially among property developers.

  • BUSINESS

    We need new weapons against packaging waste

    Asia focus, Published on 16/05/2022

    » Last month, researchers found microplastics -- small, microscopic pieces of plastic fragments -- within human lungs for the first time. This comes on the heels of news that microplastics were found in human blood, which may travel around the body and enter organs.

  • BUSINESS

    Will China hit its growth target?

    Asia focus, Published on 09/05/2022

    » In early March, Premier Li Keqiang announced that China was targeting GDP growth of "about 5.5%" this year. That would be ambitious even without Russia's war against Ukraine and the attendant increases in global energy and food prices.

  • BUSINESS

    Holiday mood

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/05/2022

    » Returning to Phuket for the first time in three years, Henri Giscard d'Estaing is busy visiting government officials and business partners on the southern island world-renowned for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, historical old town and delicious food.

  • BUSINESS

    Time for plastic detox

    Asia focus, Pattama Kuentak, Published on 09/05/2022

    » Anyone who has ever strolled along a beach is familiar with the sight … plastic straws, snack packaging, some of it dating back years, plastic bottles and other junk washed up on the sand. It's enough to spoil your vacation memories -- and it's also part of a global crisis.

  • OPINION

    The case for a four-day work week

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/05/2022

    » Having a work-life balance is a growing priority for many workers. It has come into even sharper focus as employees learn how to live with the pressure brought by the protracted coronavirus pandemic.

  • BUSINESS

    Sihanoukville pays the price for heavy reliance on Chinese

    Asia focus, Published on 09/05/2022

    » For several years now, Cambodia has been receiving billions of dollars in Chinese investment as part of China's Belt & Road initiative (BRI). Between 2013 and 2017, Beijing invested US$5.3 billion in the Southeast Asian country. Between 2016 and 2019, the two countries signed 65 cooperation agreements to finance infrastructure projects such as seaports, highways, airports, power stations and even an oil refinery.

  • BUSINESS

    Food price solutions a priority

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 02/05/2022

    » Food prices are on the rise everywhere in the world. In Thailand, prices of limes have been at historical highs for months, now as much as 10 baht each in wet markets. Instant noodle makers want to hike their prices by up to 20% as raw material costs have surged, but Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit insists they can't.

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