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Politics

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Malaysia government sets 20% annual growth target for e-commerce sector

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The Malaysian government has set an annual growth rate target of 20 per cent for the e-commerce sector in the country, from 14.3 per...
Vietnam to advise North Korea on economic development

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Vietnam is set to teach secluded North Korea lessons of how to open its economy during a visit of North Korea's foreign minister Ri...
Foreign direct investment into Malaysia increased 350% in past three quarters

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Malaysia’s foreign direct investments (FDI) volume increased to 49 billion ringgit ($11.72 billion) for the first nine months of this year compared with the...
On-demand bus trial starts in Singapore

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Singapore is launching a six-month trial of an on-demand public bus service on December 1, using technology to reduce congestion and costs in what...
Indonesia’s digital economy to become largest in ASEAN by 2025

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The annual “e-Conomy Southeast Asia” study conducted by Google and Singapore's state holding company Temasek found that Indonesia’s digital economy is poised to become the...
Chinese firm to create 50,000 jobs in Mindanao

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Panhua Group, a Chinese steel company, will set up a steel factory  for $3.5 billion in investment at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate of the...
Works on Thai-Chinese high-speed rail to commence in 2019

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The Thai government will begin construction of the first phase of the remaining three sections of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail between Bangkok and Nakhon...
Thailand’s tourism hit hard as Chinese visitor numbers drop almost 20%

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Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sport has admitted that the number Chinese tourists to Thailand fell by 19.8 per cent in October compared to...
First hints on who could become next Singapore prime minister

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Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) will likely name finance minister Heng Swee Keat as its first assistant secretary general, media said on November...
Thailand’s economy slows, foreign investors on the sidelines

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Thailand's economy slowed in the third quarter this year as the trade war and a slowdown in tourism started to bite, prompting the government...
Chinese to invest $2 billion to build industrial park in Clark, Philippines

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Chinese construction and engineering company China Gezhouba Group will invest $2 billion to establish an industrial park in New Clark City in Pampanga province...
Singapore invests in “smart urban estates”

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Singapore is driving the development of smart districts and smart urban estates which will be enabled to operate and consume energy more efficiently. To...
Indonesia presents new economic stimulus package

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Indonesia on November 16 announced a new economic stimulus package to support the rupiah and spur growth in the lead-up to the upcoming presidential...
Thailand takes over ASEAN chairmanship

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The chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formally turned over on November 15, with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong...
Khmer Rouge tribunal coming to an end with final verdicts

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The tribunal judging the criminal responsibility of former Khmer Rouge leaders for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians is expected to issue...
More charges against Malaysia’s former first lady

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Malaysia will file additional charges against Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, the anti-graft agency said on November 14, as...
China plans free trade zone in the Golden Triangle

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China is looking to establish a free trade zone at the section of the Mekong where the river forms the border between Myanmar and...
Myanmar, China agree on new deep sea-port on cheaper terms

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Myanmar and China have signed an agreement on November 8 on a controversial deep sea port project in the Bay of Bengal, allowing Beijing...