Coup and China downturn stifle Thai recovery

Photo: Wikimedia Commons. A recent upturn in private consumption and investment in Thailand has not stopped the economy struggling last month, according to recent data. The...

Vietnam tells China to back off

Paracel Islands Vietnam has repeated requests that China respects its sovereignty and international law, abide by the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in...

Vietnam tells China to back off disputed islands

The Crescent Group of the disputed Paracel Islands. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Vietnam has repeated requests that China respects its sovereignty and international law, abide by...

Malaysian bonds spring back to life

Malaysia’s bonds are stabilising, firing up a debate on when to invest in Asia’s worst-performing debt. The country’s corporate dollar-denominated notes have returned 1.5 per...

Ex-Malaysian minister slams ‘plodding’ Asean

Sri Rafidah Aziz. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Asean members have been told to buck up their ideas by former Malaysian minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz who...

Japan to help Asean members cope with ageing populations

Japan hopes to help Asean members cope with their ageing populations, reports said today. It plans to launch a public-private consultation mechanism in the next...

EU and Asean talk human rights

Image: Asean. The EU and Asean have held their first policy dialogue on human rights in Brussels. “The first policy dialogue allowed for open and constructive...

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