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    Macron faces gruelling test with unions

    News, Published on 20/06/2017

    » French unions have lost many of their traditional allies in parliament after Sunday's parliamentary election result, but President Emmanuel Macron cannot afford to ride roughshod over them if he is to successfully push through his reform agenda.


    Think bigger on Asia development

    News, Marvin Taylor-Dormond, Published on 20/06/2017

    » More than two decades of unprecedented growth and poverty reduction have made Asia a largely middle-income region. This rising prosperity is encouraging governments to think bigger on development, as China is doing with its infrastructure-led Belt and Road Initiative for a modern Silk Road trading route.


    Alibaba may well have met its match in America

    News, Christopher Balding, Published on 20/06/2017

    » Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, already the largest Chinese firm by market capitalisation, is nothing if not ambitious. Its chief financial officer, Maggie Wu, recently told investors she expects revenue to rise by up to 49% next year, a staggering prospect. But perhaps more staggering is how Alibaba hopes to get there: In part, by tapping the US market.


    Too late to halt 2018 poll

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/06/2017

    » Almost four weeks ago, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha veered away from his usual Friday evening listing of accomplishments. In an unusual departure, the prime minister turned to partisan politics. He unveiled what he called his four key questions about election and politicians, and asked the public to send him their answers. The obvious implication, which was drawn by the whole country, is that he is considering yet another delay to national elections and a return to the democratic process he first promised for 2015.


    Regime bent on digging hole for itself

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 20/06/2017

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made a major case for Thai cultural propriety with his criticism of popular mor lam sing singer Lamyai Haithongkham for wearing racy costumes and making raunchy dance moves.

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