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Myanmar handed over ASEAN chairmanship

Myanmar was formally handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN at the 23rd ASEAN Summit in Brunei on October 10. The country will take on...
Philippine restaurants ranked by tax adherence

The Philippine government has put out a unique ratings guide for restaurants in a variation of the famous Michelin restaurant guide. Restaurant are no...
After Obama, Kerry cancels Philippines trip

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was supposed to make a visit to the Philippines on behalf of US President Barack Obama on...
23rd ASEAN Summit opened in Brunei

The 23rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit kicked off in Brunei on October 9, bringing together leaders from ten ASEAN member states. Themed...
US shutdown helps China take APEC center stage

Taking advantage of the US government shutdown, China has taken center stage of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Indonesia and proposed a...
ASEAN 2014: Myanmar’s chance to shine

No country resembles a laboratory of political and economic development more than Myanmar. A country with effectively two capitals, old and new, in Yangon...
Hong Kong journalists kicked out of APEC summit for ‘screaming’ at Aquino (video)video

Hong Kong reporters have been removed from a press conference at the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia, and their press...
Inside ASEAN 2013/14 hits shelves

Inside Investor launches brand new report at 23rd ASEAN Summit
What Malaysians really want

Malaysia's Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Dato Abdul Rahman Dahlan was going to hold a speech on October 7 in the...
What to expect from the upcoming 23rd ASEAN Summit in Brunei

As Brunei's chairmanship of ASEAN slowly turns to an end, the country is hosting the 23rd ASEAN summit on October 9-10, the next in...
Canada struggles to get noticed in Southeast Asia

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who arrived for a three-day visit in Kuala Lumpur on October 4, seems to have picked the wrong timing...
China seeks $1tr trade with ASEAN by 2020

China's President Xi Jinping, who on October 3 became the first foreign leader to address the Indonesian parliament, pledged more investment initiatives to bolster...
Obama cancels trips to Indonesia, Brunei

President Barack Obama canceled plans to attend summits in Indonesia and Brunei on October 10 due to the continued US government shutdown. The US...
Malaysia approves 428 manufacturing projects worth $8.8b

The Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) said on October 3 that it approved 428 manufacturing projects at an investment volume of RM28.3 billion ($8.8...
Indonesia top judge arrested for corruption

Indonesia's anti-graft commission has arrested the head of the Constitutional Court, Akil Mochtar, on suspicion of corruption in the country's latest high-profile graft scandal. Corruption Eradication...
Finally: Moody’s rates Philippines ‘investment grade’

The Philippine economy on October 3 got another push after Moody's became the third and final ratings agency to grant the country investment-grade status. The...
Malaysia lawmakers approve detention without trial

Malaysian lawmakers approved changes to a crime-prevention law on October 3 that opponents fear could be abused by authorities to hold people without trial...
Obama also cancels Philippines visit

After the White House said that US President Barack Obama will cancel his trip to Malaysia, it added on October 2 that the president...