Geopolitics

Geopolitics

US, China Clash As Biden Makes G7 Debut

The United States (US) and China clashed in rare talks Friday as President Joe Biden made his international debut at the G7 summit, with his administration pressing Beijing on COVID, Taiwan and human rights. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, joining Biden at the summit of industrial democracies in England, spoke by telephone with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi – their first talks since a heated in-person encounter in Alaska in March. As Biden used his first presidential trip abroad to unveil a massive plan to buy and distribute 500 million COVID vaccine doses around the world, Blinken

COVID: Everyone Jabbed By The End Of 2022?

As ambitious declarations go – even for Boris Johnson – it was a big one. At the weekend, the United Kingdom (UK) prime minister said he would urge the G7 leaders to vaccinate the world against COVID by the end of 2022.  But is this feasible? That rather depends on your definition. No country will vaccinate every adult. Vaccinating enough to achieve herd immunity, which could be 60 percent or 70 percent, is the real aim. It is possible to achieve that by December 2022, say experts, but only if the G7 leading economies move immediately to make it happen. The COVAX scheme under the United

Junta Hits Suu Kyi With Graft Charge

The Myanmar junta has hit deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption charges over claims she accepted illegal payments of gold and more than half a million dollars in cash, state media reported Thursday. The country has been in turmoil since the generals ousted Suu Kyi on 1 February, with more than 850 civilians killed in a brutal crackdown by security forces on near-daily protests against the coup. The 75-year-old Nobel laureate, who has been in custody since the putsch, is facing a raft of wide-ranging criminal charges, including sedition and breaching a colonial-era secrecy

US 'Supercharges' COVID Fight With Huge Donation

The United States (US) will donate 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer nations, the White House said Thursday, to "supercharge" the pandemic fight as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Europeans not to drop their guard because vaccination levels there remain too low to stop another wave of infections. Both moves signalled that while pockets of the rich world have scored successes against the virus, gains are fragile and billions of mostly poor people remain unprotected. The US has faced criticism for sitting on huge stocks of unused vaccines. But with more than 60 percent

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

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-…

COVID-Hit Philippine Economy Drops 4.2 Percent

The Philippine economy shrank by more than expected in the first quarter of 2021, supporting views that the central bank will keep interest rates at a record-low at a policy meeting on Wednesday. Gross domestic product…

Grab: Southeast Asia’s Super App

When Microsoft's Bill Gates said in 1994 that "banking is necessary, banks are not", financiers and analysts alike dismissed the claims as the wild musings of an over-imaginative techie. Fast forward a few decades and…

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

All Aboard The Cambodian Cafe Train To Nowhere

Train travel has largely ground to a halt in Cambodia due to the coronavirus but railway fans can still get their fix aboard a stationary carriage converted into a hipster cafe. The country has more than 600 kilometres…

Escape From Myanmar: How A Reporter Fled To Safety

It was only when he boarded the plane that would fly him to Europe that Mratt Kyaw Thu finally felt safe for the first time since Myanmar's military coup on 1 February. It had been an arduous few months for the…

Four Decades On, Where's The HIV Vaccine?

In the four decades since the first cases of what would come to be known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were documented, scientists have made huge strides in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment,…

In-Person Summit Key To Addressing Climate Crisis

A global summit aimed at tackling pressing climate change concerns must go ahead in-person, the event's president said, as fears mount that delegates will pull out because of surging coronavirus cases. The 26th edition…

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...