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Amid surging Covid-19 cases, second gen vaccines raise hopes across the Asia-Pacific

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees sounded the alarm at the beginning of this month on the rapidly deteriorating circumstances of refugees and asylum seekers in Asia. As outbreaks surge following the spread of the new Delta strain first detected in India, displaced...

Secure health passes key to ASEAN’s reopening

Singapore and Hong Kong halted the opening of a long-awaited travel bubble between the two financial hubs, just days before it was slated to begin on May 26, after an uptick in community transmission in the Lion City believed to have been driven by...

Ellipse Projects, EU and the UK: Foreign Direct Investment puts Indonesia on track for Covid-recovery

Indonesia has seen a sharp uptick in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the tune of 14% in the first three months of 2021. FDI in the country now stands at 111.7 trillion rupiah ($7.72 billion) which is an almost 5% increase on last year’s...

When will Vietnam’s victims of abuse be vindicated?

When news broke of two separate crimes in Southern Vietnam within days of one another - the rape and murder of a five-year old by a middle-aged neighbor, followed two days later by the rape of a two-year old child by its family’s housekeeper-...

Covid-19 highlights the urgent need for ASEAN forest protection

With international attention trained on environmental protection and water supplies in the wake of World Forest Day (21 March) and World Water Day (22 March), it is clearer than ever that these two burning issues are intricately interlinked. In order to protect dwindling water...

Tokyo Olympics: the capstone on Asia’s resilience in the time of coronavirus?

Last week brought the positively heart-warming news that the world’s oldest living person—118 year-old Kane Tanaka, who has survived two bouts with cancer, two world wars and two global pandemics—will carry the Olympic torch as Tokyo inaugurates the 2021 Olympic Games. In many ways,...

‘Open Sesame’: vaccine passports are the key to Southeast Asia’s recovery

Recently-released data makes clear the cost of coronavirus for Thailand, despite the Kingdom’s overall successful management of the pandemic: the no-show of some 40 million expected tourists in 2020 has caused the country’s worst economic downturn since the Asian financial crisis in 1997. Sadly,...

Vaccine negligence undermining Asia Pacific’s coronavirus response

Many countries from the RCEP trade partnership – comprised of the ten ASEAN countries, plus South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand– are now scrambling to secure coronavirus vaccines while coping with an upsurge in cases. It’s a jarring reversal of fortunes for...

ASEAN nations set Covid-19 example for wealthier counterparts

Two of Asia’s major economies, Japan and South Korea, have donated $1 million to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) coronavirus relief fund. Although not part of ASEAN proper, the two powers are members of the ASEAN Plus Three trade bloc and have...

Dirty flow: The Covid-19 risk in Southeast Asia’s rivers

If the findings of a new study are to be believed, the novel coronavirus holding the world hostage at the moment poses a greater threat to the health of humans, animals and plants than previously suspected. The study – which still awaits peer-review –...

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Amid surging Covid-19 cases, second gen vaccines raise hopes across the Asia-Pacific

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees sounded the alarm at the beginning of this month on the rapidly deteriorating circumstances of refugees and...

Monde sets sight on alternative meats for expansion

Food maker Monde Nissin Corp. was looking to bank on the fast-growing alternative meats business following its successful initial public offering (IPO) that saw...

Duterte admin lowers Philippine growth projection on last year in office

The Philippine government has abandoned its goal to reach double-digit growth in the last year of the current administration amid the pandemic plaguing global...