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    Hong Kong connects

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Two decades after its return to the "motherland", some people lament that Hong Kong is not the place it used to be. Political protest, symbolised by the "Umbrella Movement" of 2014, has tarnished the island's image of stability and Western-style open society. The tightening grip of Beijing has worn down the territory's mojo, to the dismay of the creative classes, artists and publishers who helped make Hong Kong a bastion of freedom of expression in Asia.

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    The light dims in Hong Kong

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Like many Thais, I have always considered Hong Kong my favourite destination. Perhaps it's because I've long been a big fan of the soap operas and martial arts films from Shaw Brothers Film Studio that dominated our television sets and cinemas during the 1970s and '80s. Hong Kong in those days was the epitome of glitz, a unique, vibrant and advanced Asian city where Eastern and Western cultures melted together into an exciting blend.

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    Great expectations

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/10/2017

    » Joanne Kua, the young chief executive officer of KSK Group Berhad, is typical of the next generation of family business leaders. After pursuing a successful career beyond her native Malaysia, she has returned home determined to leave her mark, yet is aware of the need to prove herself.

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    Asean 4.0

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 25/09/2017

    » The world is in the midst of a digital transformation, and so is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). The region of 630 million people has become a strategic battleground for the digital economy, in which established tech giants and startups alike are trying to seize market opportunities.

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    Fresh optimism in KL

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 11/09/2017

    » Anyone who visits Kuala Lumpur these days will feel the vibe of optimism, in the form of construction that is humming along across the capital city. The Malaysian government is injecting massive sums to develop transport infrastructure -- an element the country lacks in comparison with close neighbours Singapore or even Thailand.

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    Sports and sensibility

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 28/08/2017

    » Malaysia, the host of the 29th SEA Games, appears well on its way to getting what it wants most -- a huge trove of medals to top the table. However, it remains to be seen whether the expressed wish of the organisers -- to create unity and promote integration -- will be met.

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    Is Asean ready to adapt?

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/08/2017

    » Southeast Asian countries could face intense impacts from climate change that would limit the potential of the Asean Economic Community (AEC), where agriculture still accounts for more than 10% of gross domestic product.

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    Typhoon and cyclone risk on the rise

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/08/2017

    » Asia and the Pacific will face more intense typhoons and tropical cyclones, with rising global mean temperatures as climate change impacts become more pronounced, a recent report warns.

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    Open economy evangelist

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 14/08/2017

    » New Zealand has long been known for kiwi fruit, lamb and the invincible All Blacks, the fearsome national rugby team. But in the global economic sphere, the country is also known as a champion of open economies and free trade. Last year, the country was rated the world's second-best place to do business by Forbes magazine. That helps confirm its reputation in the field of trade -- and explains why the British government chose a New Zealander to head its post-Brexit trade negotiating team.

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    Asean and the new cold war

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 07/08/2017

    » Tomorrow will mark the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). There will be celebrations to mark the golden jubilee, with plenty of dignitaries on hand as the event coincides with ministerial meetings that started last Wednesday and conclude tomorrow.

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