Friends in need: Asean’s financial safety net stigmatised & shunned

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Friends in need: Asean’s financial safety net stigmatised & shunned

Singapore and Indonesia signed a $10 billion Bilateral Swap Agreement (BSA) in October 2018 allowing the two countries to assist each other through US dollar loans during financial stress. The move signals a willingness by Asean countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability — but there is […]

BRI backlash: time for China to reassure Asean

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BRI backlash: time for China to reassure Asean

China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) continues to draw criticism and disapproval. Its sceptics brand it as China’s Marshall Plan, or as a ‘neo-imperial project’. To ensure the initiative’s success, China should heed some of these concerns and take steps to improve the implementation of BRI-related projects. Doing so is particularly important in Asean […]

Golden years: Malaysia tops best places in Asean in which to retire

Golden years: Malaysia tops best places in Asean in which to retire

Retirees looking to spend their twilight years in a safe, affordable and fantastic destination should consider Southeast Asia, according to a recent survey that gave locations in the Asean region 10 of the top 30 spots in its global ranking of best places to retire. The 2018 Overseas Retirement Index, published annually by Live and […]

A fragile new ‘normal’ descends on South China Sea claimants

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A fragile new ‘normal’ descends on South China Sea claimants

The United States and China have apparently reached a tacit agreement to disagree and maintain a leaky status quo in the South China Sea. Not coincidentally, relations on this issue between Asean claimants and between Asean and China are more or less at the same place. In this new ‘normal’ the United States will continue its […]

Thailand English-language News for May 3 (HD video)

In Thailand English-language News for May 3, 2018, Newsline presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about: 01:01 | Deputy prime minister General Prawit Wongsuwan yesterday said that no special security measures are planned for a rally by an activist group on May 5 calling for an immediate general election, adding that he did not think the gathering will last […]

Visiting navies conquer Pattaya’s cesspit flooded streets (HD video)

It could have been a disaster. Instead, it was just a national embarrassment. Earlier this week the world was treated to video (such as the one above) and photographs of naval colour parties and bands marching through ankle-deep, putrid, effluent saturated flood waters in Pattaya. Led by the Royal Thai Navy (RTN), the occasion was […]

Thailand English-language News for November 16 (HD video)

In Thailand English-language News for November 16, 2017, Newsline presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about: 00:42 | Air Marshal Pakdee Saeng-xuto has conferred royal gifts on the rocker ‘Toon Bodyslam’ for his fundraising run, “Step by Step for 11 Hospitals across the Country”, on behalf of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. The entertainer has so far run 572 kilometers […]

Asean At 50: Firing up or Powering Down?

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Asean At 50: Firing up or Powering Down?

Fifty years ago Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines established the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). This association of primarily non-communist and relatively free-market countries was formed at a time when the Cold War was in full swing, and its end seemed to validate their confidence. The group expanded in the late 1980s […]

With TPP Trumped, Finalisation of RCEP More Urgent as War Drums Beat

With TPP Trumped, Finalisation of RCEP More Urgent as War Drums Beat

United States Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s recent provocative comments about China, while perhaps good for local consumption, is setting off alarm bells across the Asia-Pacific region. Mr Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil chief executive, has threatened to block Chinese access to the artificial islands it built in the South China Sea. In anyone’s language, “them’s fighting words”. It seems […]

Asian real estate: sustained optimism amid slowing growth & uncertainty

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Asian real estate: sustained optimism amid slowing growth & uncertainty

The Asian real estate market has witnessed slower growth so far in 2016 and will continue to do so as the year progresses. According to CBRE torpid growth, greater uncertainty regarding China and its growth, and possible interest rate changes hint towards greater caution in short-term real estate strategies. It is expected, however, that investment […]

Skilful Lao Leadership Boosts Asean Unity on South China Sea

Skilful Lao Leadership Boosts Asean Unity on South China Sea

Clouded by controversy even before it began, the recently concluded 49th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Vientiane, Lao PDR was conspicuous for two things: who was and was not present; and, perhaps more importantly, what was and was not discussed. While Malaysia’s foreign minister, Anifah Aman – who had been expected at the AMM […]