Fortifying ASEAN against a potential global trade war

United States (US) president, Donald Trump’s imposition of at least US$60 million worth of tariffs on China’s products has already prompted signs of Chinese retaliation, something that could result in a trade war between the two nations. Trump’s earlier proposals to impose a 25 percent tariff on…

What do you understand about the Philippines' withdrawal from the ICC?

Ever since the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced the preliminary examination of Rodrigo Duterte on 8 February 2018, the president of the Republic of the Philippines has been having a hard time clarifying his stand on the ICC’s actions. The contradiction began when Harry Roque, the…

What does the Indo Pacific era hold in store for ASEAN?

The term Indo Pacific gained a lot of traction after the President of the United States (US), Donald Trump, used it repeatedly to highlight his country’s foreign policy posture in this region as opposed to the regularly used term, Asia Pacific. The reason for doing so would seem simple enough – to…

Future Forward Party looking to reinvigorate Thai politics

There’s a new party in town that has got everyone excited. Launched last week, the Anakhot Thai or the Future Forward Party is the latest party to enter the Thai political arena. This new party which aims to breathe a breath of fresh air into Thai politics is led by 39-year-old business tycoon,…



Singapore set to lower its carbon footprint one step at a time

Lowering its carbon footprint has always been a priority for the Singapore government, which recently passed its Carbon Pricing Bill to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 36%…

Biofuel, an alternative energy source in Southeast Asia

Biofuel is simply fuel made from biological matter. Contrary to popular belief, biofuels are not a 21st century creation. It has been around since the start of the previous…

Myanmar looking to LNG imports to meet growing energy demand

Ever since Myanmar undertook a series of political, economic and administrative reforms in 2011, the country’s economy has steadily improved. According to data from the Asian…



Southeast Asia’s gambling industry is booming

When talking about gambling in Southeast Asia, the first thing that usually springs to mind is Macau, also known as the Monte Carlo of the Orient and it is with good reason. Also regarded as the…

Exclusive: Airbus continues to fly high in Southeast Asia

With the aviation industry’s strong growth and the shortening of travel times to almost any point on the globe, the world has become a much smaller place. Journeys which just a generation ago would…

ASEAN, Germany cement stronger ties

The European Union (EU) has been a strong partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for many years now. Of the 28 members within the EU, Germany has and is still playing a crucial…

Australia and ASEAN to cooperate on infrastructure

Australia has taken steps to get in on the infrastructure boom taking place in Southeast Asia. At the summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia in Sydney last…

Myanmar's infrastructure push begins with railway reforms

Myanmar is expected to begin the long-awaited overhaul of its 60-year old Yangon Central Railway station in mid-2018. The project is estimated to cost around US$2.5 billion, and will also include new…



The future of technology

The world is changing at a rapid pace. 20 years ago, no one could have predicted the scale of which smartphone, internet, virtual reality, blockchain and big data…

Banks in Thailand are embracing blockchain

Previously seen as a disruptor to traditional banking methods, blockchain technology is now being adopted by banks in Thailand. In an unprecedented move last week, 14…

E-health apps help meet Southeast Asia’s healthcare needs

Southeast Asians are becoming more aware of the need to address their health issues properly, but the underdeveloped state of Southeast Asia’s healthcare infrastructure…



The return of Indonesia’s forest fires

Late last month, Indonesia saw the return of its infamous forest fires that occur each year producing toxic, choking smog in the form of haze as the rainy season trails off. The fires this time have broken out in the four provinces of South Sumatra, Riau, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. Twenty-three of the 90 hotspots recorded across the country were in West Kalimantan, where thick smoke blanketed the provincial capital Pontianak and disrupted flights. In Riau, one of the hardest-hit…

Animal cruelty rife in tourism industry

One of the best things about Southeast Asia is that it’s home to lush, green rainforests and extremely diverse wildlife. This is probably one of the many reasons why – according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – over one hundred million tourists flocked to the region in 2016. However, as more and more tourists arrive, opportunists are taking advantage of this growth to prop up shady businesses that seek to cash in on the growing demand for wildlife tourism. Even worse, some of…

Mount Mayon erupts in the Philippines

The recent Mount Mayon eruption is the 52nd eruption to date since 1661. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level to four on a scale of five on Tuesday, indicating that a hazardous eruption could take place at any moment. It also raised the danger zone radius from seven to eight km of the volcano’s crater. Mount Mayon entered a new eruptive phase on 13 January, according to PHIVOLCS, which uses a range of techniques such as visual observations…

Lava fountains shoot from Philippine volcano

Intense lava fountains shot like fireworks up to 700 metres (2,300 feet) into the air above Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, on Tuesday as showering debris turned morning skies dark and spread fear among anxious residents.   More than 40,000 people have already fled since smoke and ash started spewing from the mountain, with scientists warning of the danger of an explosive eruption and authorities urging people not to be complacent.   Mayon shot out a five-kilometre-high (…

Real Estate

Real Estate

Singapore sustains comeback in home sales with gains in December

Singapore sustained a comeback in home sales in December.

Property tax reforms in Myanmar could kickstart infrastructure development

Myanmar has a notoriously low residential property taxes rate, accounting for just 7.5% of GDP, compared to the 13-14% its neighbours, Laos and…

Li Ka-shing predicts strong demand for Hong Kong property

Home prices in Hong Kong rose about 14 percent last year even after the government pushed through new taxes and mortgage curbs.

Singapore property bulls ignore Central bank's warning into 2018

Property companies such as City Developments and UOL Group Ltd. are among the top performers in Singapore in 2017, with developers collectively on…

Manila gridlock spurs dormitory demand in the Philippines

Ayala Land is investing three billion pesos (58 million dollars) building five dormitories on four sites in the Makati and Taguig business districts.


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4th International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES) 2018

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Pullman Hotels and Resorts, Kuching, Sarawak

ASEAN-EU Business Summit 2018

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