Cambodia warns against 'clean finger' boycott

Cambodia’s ruling party, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) threatened legal action against a campaign started by opposition members which called for voters to boycott a national election slated to take place in July. The ‘clean finger’ campaign represents a last-ditch effort by the now dissolved…

Discontent lurks under the surface of economic success in Vietnam

Vietnam boasts one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, optimistic citizens and a stable government. But below the surface of positive data points lies discontent that spilled over during recent protests across the country.On Sunday, hundreds of anti-riot police blanketed central Ho Chi Minh…

Trump defends North Korea summit, says US ‘got so much’

President Donald Trump pushed back against criticism that he gave too much ground to North Korea at last week’s summit, saying the United States (US) “got so much” out of the meeting, including the return of American citizens.The president also defended his decision to halt military exercises with…

How a trade war between the US and China could play out

President Donald Trump is betting Beijing will blink first in the showdown over tariffs. Such an outcome is far from assured - and it could also take a while.Trump said Friday the United States (US) will slap duties on US$50 billion in Chinese imports, with the first wave of tariffs to cover US$34…



Thailand is at the forefront for renewables

Similar to many other growing Southeast Asian countries, Thailand is facing an increase in energy demand. According to the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) ASEAN Energy Outlook 2017…

Powering Myanmar

Since sanctions by the United States (US) and European Union (EU) were lifted, Myanmar has enjoyed relatively strong economic growth. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit…

The hidden costs of hydropower

Hydropower is one of Southeast Asia’s biggest renewable energy sources, however, many still remain oblivious to the damaging side-effects of hydropower projects. According to the…



Thailand leads cooperation and integration efforts in mainland Southeast Asia

Thailand’s proposal for a five-year master plan to improve mainland Southeast Asia consisting of Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR and Vietnam has been well received by leaders of participating…

Special Economic Zones to spur Vietnam’s growth

To consolidate its growing economy, Vietnam is looking to launch Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to boost growth and to attract foreign investments to the country. The three SEZs are slated for…

How costly Is the World Cup?

Every four years, as football fans gear up for the World Cup, researchers engage in a game of their own: trying to determine just how costly the tournament is to employers and economies. Our own…

Financing Indonesia’s infrastructure ambitions

Similar to its Southeast Asian counterparts, Indonesia is carrying out ambitious infrastructure projects to transform and modernise the nation. The upgrading of Indonesia’s infrastructure is part of…

Regional trade deal a boon to micro, small and medium enterprises

Negotiators of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have, for the past six years, weathered many rounds of negotiations and ministerial meetings but the trade deal still hasn’t come…



Google heats up Asian e-commerce race

Google’s latest move of investing in Chinese e-commerce giant reveals that the company is stepping up its game to make inroads in Asia. On Monday, tech…

Vietnam's new cybersecurity laws a threat to freedom

Vietnamese lawmakers have just passed a cybersecurity bill which would allow the government there to essentially censor the internet. The bill which was passed with an…

Twitter to predict what you want to see, when it happens

Twitter Inc. will personalize news for users and send them notifications of events, trying to attract a bigger, broader audience with one of its most comprehensive…



Saving Southeast Asia’s otters

One of Southeast Asia’s main treasures is its beautiful flora and fauna. Gifted with lush forests and beautiful waters, the region is blessed with diverse wildlife. However, bit by bit, some of these natural wonders are being chipped away by the rapid modernisation that’s taken over the region. This, compounded by several other reasons have had an adverse effect on animals of different species such as the Malayan tiger and tapirs. While the plight of tigers and tapirs is well documented there…

The plight of Asia’s Black Spotted turtles

In a world that is fast moving towards urbanisation, environmental considerations are often pushed aside. The rapid pace at which buildings and other structures are constructed is impressive but a blatant disregard of the ecosystem at the expense of development must be done away with. Flora and fauna often fall victim to massive modernisation projects with more animals on the endangered list now than ever before. One unfortunate creature that shares such a fate is the Black Spotted turtle (also…

Green growth strategies in Southeast Asia

Across the globe, the paths of economic growth and development are on an unsustainable trajectory, risking the natural assets and environmental services upon which long-term economic growth and human well-being are dependent on. Addressing natural capital depletion, pollution, the loss of biodiversity, and climate change is urgent in developing nations. These environmental trepidations threaten to undermine development efforts and reverse the gains made thus far. Based on a report by the…

Tapirs of Malaysia: a neglected pride

Malaysia is blessed with rainforests that play host to some of the most diverse tropical ecosystems in the world. Estimated to be approximately 130 million years and older than the Amazon, Malaysia’s Taman Negara takes top spot as the world’s oldest rainforest. The country’s rainforests are an abode to a plethora of flora and fauna, a home for numerous unique mammals and species of birds. Among the fauna that inhabit these lush rainforests include Malayan tigers, Proboscis monkeys, orangutans,…

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Real Estate

Ho Chi Minh City: Property paradise for ASEAN

Ho Chi Minh City’s real estate landscape showcases a real estate market in near-perfect balance.

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…


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