ASEAN to focus on virus outbreak; set aside visa talks ‘for now’

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are not yet keen on bringing to the table any talks about visa exemptions and...

Cambodian government earmarks up to $2 billion for COVID-19 economic fallout

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said the government had set aside between $800 million to $2 billion to cushion the economic blows from...

US-Asean Summit postponed over virus fears

A long-scheduled summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States will no longer push through as planned. According to a...

Cambodia welcomes Westerdam at its port in shrewd realpolitik move

After being rejected by five other countries, Holland America Line vessel the ‘Westerdam’ has finally docked in Cambodia yesterday (Feb 14). The 2,257 passengers and...

ADB extends $2M assistance to combat coronavirus

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has shelled out $2 million in fresh funds to support efforts in combating the spread of the 2019 novel...

Cambodia’s economy to grow 7.1 percent in 2020

Singapore-based ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) projected robust growth in the Cambodian economy this year despite stronger external headwinds. “Real GDP (gross domestic product) growth is forecast...

Observers denied access to Cambodia treason trial 

The court hosting the treason trial of Cambodia's opposition leader has turned away independent journalists at the start of proceedings. Reuters and the Phnom Penh...

Masatsugu Asakawa is new ADB head

Masatsugu Asakawa is the new president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Asakawa, who is currently serving as a special advisor to Japan’s prime minister...

Thailand’s fragrant rice falls behind peers’

Failure to win the World’s Best Rice award for two consecutive years has jolted Thailand—the home of the Hom Mali (jasmine) rice—to overhaul its...

Cambodia eyes more revenues from customs, excise taxes

Cambodia is looking at raising its revenue target by over 20 percent next year, with the boost expected to come from higher customs and...

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Bid to put Malaysia under state of emergency rejected

Malaysian King Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin has rejected a proposal to declare a state of emergency to combat the increasing cases of coronavirus amid strong opposition...

Thailand government urged to boost ties with China

Thailand was seeking to deepen its trade relationship with China in a bid to support its ailing economy amid the global pandemic. In a report...

Malaysia seeks reopening of border with Singapore anew

The Malaysian government was planning to reopen its shared border with Singapore as it sought to generate more revenues for the economy that was...