US FAA downgrades Malaysian aviation safety

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently downgraded the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) to a Category 2 from its Category 1 status....

US businesses keen on Cambodia tourism opportunities

Investors from the United States are setting their sights on Cambodia’s tourism opportunities, the Ministry of Tourism said. The ministry said on Monday that US...

Vietnam 11-month FDI up 3% to $31.8B

Foreign direct investments (FDI) in Vietnam inched up by 3 percent during the first 11 months of the year to $31.8 billion, according to...

Thailand defers ban on hazardous chemicals amid protests

Thailand has deferred plans to ban two toxic chemicals used in farming and reversed the prohibition of another one amid cries that it would...

Trade tensions brew between Indonesia, EU over nickel export ban

Trade tensions are heating up between Indonesia and the European Union (EU) after the latter complained to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about the...

Singapore sees rising Chinese property interest

The level of Chinese property investment in Singapore has hit record levels this year as instability in Hong Kong appears to be rising.  “Singapore is the regional safe harbour and the...

Singapore October inflation falls to three-year low

Singapore saw core inflation in October eased to a fresh low in over three years due to a steep fall in the cost of...

‘Philippines-US free-trade deal likely next year’

The Philippines is next in line on sealing a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States, the world’s largest economy. Ebb Hinchliffe, executive director of...

RCEP members lure back India

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are underway with the crafting of measures to resolve the recent exit of India from...

Duterte withdraws suspension of rice imports

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday withdrew his earlier pronouncement to stop the further entry of rice commodities into the Philippines, and instead sought for...

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Philippines receives $2.5B loan from ADB

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has lent some $2.5 billion support to the Philippines, the highest ever extended in a single year. On Friday, the...

Philippine central bank pauses rate cuts on benign inflation

The Philippine central bank on Thursday held interest rates steady at its last monetary policy meeting for the year due to a positive domestic...

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Asean’s beaches, seas and waterways continue to choke on plastic waste, with much of it imported from the developed world. Idyllic spots throughout the biodiverse...