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Japan allies with the Philippines against expansionist China

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Tensions between China and the Philippines over control of disputed territory in the South China Sea appear to be mounting. On July 27, on...
Modern day slavery in Southeast Asia: Thailand and Cambodia

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Many in Western, developed nations believe that slavery has been long abolished. In reality it is a thriving multi-billion dollar industry — some estimate...
ADB: Basics of growth in the Philippines

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The Asian Development Bank's Philippine country director, Neeraj Jain, explains how governance reforms have improved the nation's economy.
Photoblog: Crossing the border to North Korea

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With tensions between North and South Korea erupting again, it's time to look behind the Iron Curtain. Arno Maierbrugger crossed the Demilitarised Zone between the countries that are in such a bitter enmity.
Google’s Schmidt asserts internet freedom in Myanmar

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Amidst criticism of Myanmar’s recently adopted investment law, Google chairman Eric Schmidt is optimistic about the potential of the country’s telecommunications and Internet sector after his much-noticed visit in March.
Malaysia tops Asia’s investment in Africa

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Malaysia is ahead of China in foreign direct investments in Africa, new data published by the United Nations shows. A survey of foreign investment into...
Exclusive interview with new ASEAN Secretary General

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Le Luong Minh, who took over the five-year tenure as ASEAN Secretary-General on January 1, 2013, talked to Inside Investor about pressing issues to resolve.
Malaysia investment not at risk – minister

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The ongoing conflict between the Philippines' Royal Army of Sulu and Malaysian forces in Sabah is not disrupting the overall investment climate in Malaysia,...
Pitsuwan aims at role in Thai government

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Former ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, who handed over his post to Vietnamese diplomat Le Luong Minh on January 1, 2013, is openly pitching for...
Who is Le Luong Minh, ASEAN Secretary-General?

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Little is known about the new ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh who took over his five-year term on January 1, 2013. Inside Investor sheds light on the career diplomat's biography and education.
Wealthy waists: The role of fast food in Southeast Asia

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The economic rise of Southeast Asia has given vast swathes of the developing world increased disposable income to dine out more frequently and experiment with new tastes, such as KFC and burgers, writes Justin Calderon.
East Timor aims to join ASEAN

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The tiny nation of East Timor has reaffirmed that it is keen to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to accelerate its economic...
Taken by storm: The economic impact

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Countries in the presumable or constant path of storms must develop infrastructure and contingency plans to alleviate the social and economic costs of the whims of the world’s weather, writes Justin Calderon.
Food

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The World Bank in its latest "Food Price Watch" report released on November 29 said that a "new norm" of costlier food was setting...
COP18

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The 18th United Nations Climate Change Conference has opened in Doha on November 26 with a call for action from the president of the...
Myanmar Fighting

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Investors are well advised to remodel their investment strategies in Myanmar. Latest news show that it is clearly a long way to go for this country to wipe out the effects of 50-plus years of harsh military dictatorship.
Myanmar Market

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A German micro finance institution, Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation (Savings Bank Foundation for International Development, or SBFIC) will commence operations in Myanmar by the...
WEF

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The World Economic Forum on East Asia 2012 opens its doors on May 30 in Thailand's capital Bangkok. The three-day conference is themed 'Shaping...