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  • BUSINESS

    Asian M&A: Riding the wave

    Asia focus, Published on 30/07/2012

    » It will be quite evident to even the most casual observers that Asia has become the focus of the world, due in no small part to the current challenges in the developed Western hemisphere. As a result, growth in and through Asia is now on the top of the agenda for most global and Asian companies.

  • BUSINESS

    Yeo: China-India bridge role suits Asean best

    Asia focus, Published on 20/08/2012

    » The 10 members of Asean should stick together to tap the continued growth of China and India, put behind them the recent failure of diplomacy in Cambodia, and instead seek to be a bridge between Asia’s two economic giants, says Singapore’s former foreign minister.

  • BUSINESS

    Cambodia’s new Tourism frontier

    Asia focus, Published on 20/08/2012

    » A year ago, getting to Sihanoukville required perseverance and a certain degree of bravery. There had been no flights to Cambodia’s premier beach resort for years — at least no scheduled services — and cruise ships docking here were few and far between.

  • TECH

    If you’re so rich, how come you’re miserable?

    Asia focus, Published on 30/07/2012

    » The best economic indicator South Korea produces is the energy on the streets of Seoul, whether you’re navigating the throngs of young hipsters in Myeongdong, the glitzy boutiques in Apgujeong or the nightclubs full of foreign tourists in Itaewon.

  • BUSINESS

    Steering the Ayala ship

    Asia focus, Published on 30/07/2012

    » The flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap was not shaping up as a very enjoyable one. The Bangkok Airways propeller plane had departed an hour late with a full load of passengers, and the 2+2 seating arrangement left no room to manoeuvre.

  • BUSINESS

    Getting Asean shopping online

    Asia focus, Published on 06/08/2012

    » Its size may be dwarfed by those of Japan, Korea and China, but the e-commerce business in Southeast Asia has been witnessing steady growth of about 15% a year. Online shopping in Asean now appears poised for a breakthrough to the next level, as more international e-businesses enter the region.

  • BUSINESS

    Thai businesses discovering the world

    Asia focus, Published on 06/08/2012

    » The decision by Thai Beverage Plc to persist in a possible bidding war to take over Fraser & Neave Ltd and Asia Pacific Brewery in Singapore is the first salvo fired by the one of the country’s richest families in the international business battlefield.

  • TECH

    A sleeping e-commerce giant

    Asia focus, Published on 06/08/2012

    » Vietnam is one of Asia’s sleeping giants in terms of e-commerce with a young population eager to buy more online. But low trust in online shopping and e-payment remains the main challenge e-commerce can really take off in the country.

  • BUSINESS

    Sky-High innovation

    Asia focus, Published on 20/08/2012

    » Most flyers will admit that the experience of air travel just isn’t what it used to be. Whether it’s because of the airline, the cost, the airport or all the above, flying anywhere can be a stressful and costly necessity that many people look to minimise.

  • BUSINESS

    From salesman to ‘ambassador’

    Asia focus, Published on 20/08/2012

    » Thanakorn Seriburi has long been known as one of Thailand’s most prominent business executives, but many of his compatriots might not realise that he’s almost equally as well known in the business community of China.

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