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Japan on record spending spree in ASEAN

China’s slowing economy and a lackluster home market have encouraged Japan to embark on a record-breaking spree in ASEAN, scooping up a staggering $8.2...
Boxer Manny Pacquiao wants to run for president

Philippines boxing champ Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao said he wants to run for president in his home country after he eventually retires from the ring,...
Heavy losses for Hun Sen in Cambodia election

The Cambodia elections held on July 28 brought massive gains for the opposition party, early results show. While Prime Minister Huns Sen's Cambodian People’s...
Japan allies with the Philippines against expansionist China

Tensions between China and the Philippines over control of disputed territory in the South China Sea appear to be mounting. On July 27, on...
Cambodia elections: Opposition could gain seats

The ongoing election in Cambodia on July 28 will highly likely result in a clear majority for Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party...
India to borrow Vietnam $100m for military equipment

India has offered a $ 100-million credit line to Vietnam to purchase military equipment, The Hindu newspaper reported on July 28. Vietnam will use...
Future of Tanjung Manis’ halal hub uncertain

Tanjung Manis, long a favourite hobby horse, has begun to run out of steam. The oft touted 77,000-hectare swathe of coastal land earmarked to turn...
‘Looking east’ strategy of Qatar is a promising move

The recent announcement that Qatar’s Foreign Ministry will set up a special unit to nurture relations with the 10-member bloc of the Association of...
Thoughts on Thailand

Kan Yuenyong, director of Siam Intelligence Unit, speaks out
True costs of electronics manufacturing

Interview with Dan Lachica, President of SEIPI, Philippines
Cambodia votes

Some 9.67 million eligible voters will cast their ballots at around 19,000 polling stations in Cambodia on July 28 in the country's 5th parliamentary...
Another sign Japan loves the Philippines

Japan and Philippine relations just got a whole lot cozier. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on July 25 to...
Myanmar microfinance at 30% interest rate

A new private bank in Myanmar, Myanmar Microfinance Bank, is currently awaiting the central bank's approval to commence operations. The bank will provide microfinance loans...
Vietnam seeks investment opportunities in Haiti

Vietnam is looking into possibilities to invest in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, it turned out during a meeting of Haitian officials over trade,...
Thailand: ‘People’s Army’ aims to overthrow government

A new movement called "People's Army" consisting of anti-government protesters has been formed in Thailand that wants nothing less than to overthrow the current...
Vietnam’s president meets Barack Obama

A rare visit of Vietnam's president Truong Tan Sang with US president Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on July 25 was overshadowed by protests...
Qatar to intensify relations with ASEAN

Qatar is planning to set up a "dedicated unit" for Qatar-ASEAN affairs in order to establish closer relations with the 10-member bloc of  southeast...
Toyota builds new engine plant in Indonesia

Toyota Motor Corp said on July 24 that it will spend $240 million to build a new engine plant in Indonesia near the capital...