Geopolitics

Geopolitics

China Fights COVID Surge, Japan Extends Emergency

Hundreds of thousands of people in China were in lockdown on Friday as the country battled its worst COVID-19 outbreak in months, while Japan – a week into the Olympics – extended its state of emergency due to surging infections. The average number of new daily cases globally jumped by 10 percent over the last week, according to an AFP tally, largely due to the highly contagious Delta variant, after slowing between late April and mid-June. While the Asia-Pacific region has been hard-hit – with Vietnam and Japan recording a 61 percent jump in daily cases – Western countries are also facing

Pandemic Numbers Around The Globe This Week

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to surge around the world this week, especially in the United States (US) and the Middle East. Here is the global state of play according to a specialised AFP database. Delta Drives 10 Percent Rise  The average number of new daily cases globally increased by 10 percent over the week to 575,918, according to an AFP tally to Thursday. The pandemic is continuing to gain ground largely due to the highly contagious Delta variant after slowing between late April and mid-June. The number of confirmed cases only reflects a fraction of the actual number of

COVID: Latest Developments In The World

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis: 'The War Has Changed' The Delta variant of the coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox, probably causes more severe disease, and breakthrough cases in vaccinated individuals may be as transmissible as unvaccinated cases, according to a leaked United States (US) government document. Delta Spread In China Hundreds of thousands of people in China are in lockdown as the country battles its worst outbreak in months. Japan 'Doing Best'  The World Health Organization (WHO) says that Japan is doing its best to minimise the risk of

COVID And Coup: Pushing Myanmar To The Brink

On 1 February, Myanmar's military seized power from its civilian government, leading to a series of mass protests that show no signs of stopping. Among the protesters were thousands of healthcare workers who walked out, leading to a collapse in the healthcare system and throwing Myanmar's vaccination and testing response into chaos. And now, a surge in coronavirus cases fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant has dealt the country a fresh blow. People are lining up outside of oxygen factories in the hope of buying or refilling cylinders, despite a government ban on direct oxygen

Energy

ASEAN To Push Utilisation Of Storage Technologies

ASEAN Member States (AMS) need to step up their game on energy storage development. As the 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook foretells, ASEAN’s Total Final Energy Consumption (TFEC) projects to increase by 38 percent by 2025 and…

Asia Disputes IEA Call To Curb Energy Investments

Asian energy officials on Wednesday disputed a call from the International Energy Agency (IEA) for no new oil, natural gas and coal investments for the world to be able to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,…

Geothermal Key To Philippines’ Energy Demand

Today, there are nearly eight billion people living on the planet. As this number continues to grow, the need for water, food, land, and energy will also rise. The climate is one of the earth’s fundamental life support…

Solar Power Use In Myanmar

The ASEAN Post has published articles on extreme climate in ASEAN member states such as in Myanmar and its threat to the locals, agriculture, and ecosystems.  It is said that Myanmar is one of the most vulnerable…

Markets

Asian Markets Lower As Virus Fuels Recovery Fears

Markets fell in Asia on Tuesday with investors looking for their next buying catalyst after the latest rally, while there were also concerns about fresh coronavirus flare-ups and the reimposition of restrictions in…

Airbus And Boeing Have A Common Rival: China

While the United States (US) and Europe waged a 17-year trade battle over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus, China poured money into its own commercial aircraft to take on the Western aviation duopoly. It took a common…

Chinese EV Maker Leaves Tesla In The Dust

Since last July, a little-known automaker in China’s southwest has dominated the world’s largest electric car market, outselling bigger players and even Tesla Inc. almost every month with a tiny, bare-bones electric…

Indonesian Unicorns Merge, Creating Tech Giant

Two of Indonesia's most successful start-ups are to merge, the companies announced on Monday, creating the largest tech firm in the world's fourth most populous country. Ride-hailing and payments giant Gojek and e-…

Technology

Tech Titan Shake-Up

A big quake may be headed towards California. No, it is not the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that Californians have been worried about. This has only a 31 percent chance of happening. And that too from now to 30 years. Of a…

Can Vaccine Passport Apps Be Trusted?

The next time you attend a wedding or concert, visit a place of worship, eat indoors at a restaurant or even go to work, you may need to show digital proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results. On Friday,…

New FB Undersea Cables To Boost Region’s Internet

Facebook and Google are planning two new undersea internet cables to connect Southeast Asia to North America. The project with regional telecoms companies aims to supply faster internet speeds to Singapore and…

Developing Thailand’s Smart Cities

Before the devastating coronavirus pandemic, during the 2019 ASEAN Summit, Thailand introduced the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) initiative to transform three Thai provinces into smart cities – which has turned out to…

Environment

2021: The Year Climate Predictions Become Reality

On the heels of jaw-dropping heat and flooding across three continents, nearly 200 nations gather Monday to validate a critical United Nations (UN) climate science report 100 days ahead of a political summit charged…

Taxis, Tuk-Tuks Grind To A Halt In Thailand

Tuk-tuks and garishly coloured taxis that once weaved through chaotic Bangkok traffic are sitting idle in storage as a fresh coronavirus surge scuttles hopes of relief for Thailand's tourism-dependent economy. The…

Alcohol Linked To 1 In 25 Global Cancer Cases

Alcohol consumption was linked to four percent of all new global cancer cases last year, according to a study published Wednesday, as researchers warned of an urgent need to alert people of the risks.  Men accounted…

One Dead, 29 Injured In Bangkok Factory Explosion

An explosion near Thai capital Bangkok's international airport Monday left a plastics factory in flames, killing at least one firefighter and wounding 29 people, officials said. Heavy plumes of black smoke could be…

10 Fun & Exciting Places in Singapore to Take Your Kids to

As a parent, thinking of a holiday in Singapore with your children will be equal parts fun and stressful. It’ll be fun because you get to project your own childhood dreams of visiting or experiencing a certain activity (wink wink) and also get to spend time with your little buddies.  However, it can also get...