Until 1953, Lao PDR was a French colony. Following a successful overthrow of the country’s monarchy in the mid-seventies by communist forces, Lao PDR then spent years in isolation.
Google was fined 4.3 billion euros (US$5 billion) by the European Union (EU) and ordered to change the way it puts search and web browser apps on Android mobile devices, setting a global record for antitrust penalties.
Democracies look to voters for validation of their economic policies. For Thailand’s military junta, the affirmation is coming from Beijing, bankers and the likes of Harley-Davidson Inc.
The United States (US) is not stopping with China; it has threatened or engaged in trade wars with Canada, Mexico and the European Union (EU). Could ASEAN member states also be on US President Donald Trump’s list of targets?
Across Asia, demographic trends are indicating a growing ageing population with the 65 and above age category projected to more than double, reaching close to 2.5 times the current figures by 2050. Similar patterns can be discerned in Southeast Asia.
With a few exceptions, most minor tropical fruits like rambutans, mangosteens, lychees, longans and durians remain a secret only known to the people who live in the areas where they are grown.