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    Back in Beijing's orbit

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 17/09/2018

    » The Beijing-backed China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) took a major step forward last week with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries. While it signals a commitment to strengthen economic cooperation and lay the foundation for greater interconnectivity, the devil is in the details.

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    Indonesia and Korea seek to double trade by 2022

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 17/09/2018

    » Indonesian President Joko Widodo's state visit to South Korea last week yielded a major commitment to almost double bilateral trade in the next four years, in addition to billions of dollars worth of investments by South Korean companies in Indonesia.


    Pro-growth education needed for Japan

    Asia focus, Published on 10/09/2018

    » Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe initiated his "Abenomics" reform programme in 2012, Japan's economy has received a remarkable boost. But the job is not yet finished.


    Bloomberg seeks perfect fit between AI and human depth

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/09/2018

    » The ability of countries and companies to harness technology will be the foundation for the next stage of global economic growth. In line with this new reality, Bloomberg Terminal is banking on artificial intelligence (AI) and big data as its core earners of the future.


    Value-based care

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 10/09/2018

    » Asia Pacific is on track to becoming one of the oldest regions in the world in the next few decades with an elderly population approaching 923 million. However, most governments are still underprepared for the social and economic consequences of this rapid demographic shift.


    New retail

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/09/2018

    » The relentless rise of e-commerce made last year the worst yet for traditional retailers. Shoppers around the world have made it clear that they want to do more browsing as well as buying online.


    B2B and beyond

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/09/2018

    » Big companies in all kinds of businesses are being disrupted as e-commerce gains ground, but even established online sellers are not safe unless they keep adapting to changing conditions. This phenomenon has created a perfect opportunity for technology and service providers to fill in the gaps, says Paul Srivorakul, the CEO of aCommerce.


    Don't blame the rain

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/09/2018

    » After days of being battered by heavy rain in Bangkok, anyone who isn't sniffling or coughing probably considers themselves lucky. After all, didn't your mother always tell you, "Don't stay in the rain or you'll catch a cold" … "go dry your hair and change your clothes or you'll catch a cold"? Mine certainly did.


    RCEP matters more than ever

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 03/09/2018

    » Last week's meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Singapore came at a critical juncture, not only for the future prosperity of the 16 countries involved but also the sake of the rules-based free and fair trading system globally.


    Fast track to Heaven

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 03/09/2018

    » As the annual haj season in Saudi Arabia for Muslims around the world came to an end late last month, pilgrims have begun their trips home, including some 200,000 from Indonesia, who can now use the honorific title "Hajj" for men or "Hajja" for women before their names.

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