Toyota eyes Thai battery hub

Toyota will reportedly establish a production base for hybrid vehicle batteries in Thailand, aiming to start manufacturing in 2020. The Japanese car giant is looking...

Singapore signs Belt and Road deal

Singapore has signed an agreement with China to strengthen cooperation on its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, aiming to expand the city-state's involvement.  The two...

KL makes UN bid for tiny island 

The UN's highest court says it will hold hearings in June into Malaysia's request to overturn a ruling in an ongoing dispute with Singapore...

Central bank ‘defeats’ cyber hack

The Bank Negara Malaysia central bank says it was the victim of a cyber attack using fraudulent wire transfers as hackers increasingly hit the...

Fast Thai rail link unveiled 

Thailand’s military-appointed cabinet says it has approved a US$7-billion high-speed rail project between three airports. Annual tourist arrivals of more than half the Thai population...

Indonesia eyes banking boom

Indonesian banks will enjoy “more than 12 per cent” loan growth this year due to a recovering global economy and rising commodity prices, according...

Cars drive up S’pore cost of living 

The inflated cost of car ownership in Singapore means the city-state has been labelled the world's most expensive place to live, for a fifth...

TPP hopes to offset Trump folly

The revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), including Asean’s Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia, could offset Donald Trump’s protectionism amid prospects of taking effect this year...

Gas talks hit deadlock 

Any deal between the Philippines and the Chinese to jointly drill for gas on Reed Bank in the South China Sea would be illegal...

EU agrees Philippine aid package

The European Union is set to provide the Philippines with 243.1 million peso (€3.8 million) for its drug rehabilitation programme, despite having rocky relations...

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Singapore targets Asean smart cities 

Asean’s leaders will gather in Singapore from today (Wednesday) until Saturday for the 32nd Asean summit with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong chairing.  Singapore says...

Suu Kyi to skip Asean summit 

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will skip this weekend’s Asean summit in Singapore and President Win Myint, who was sworn in last...

Junta rule continues unchecked

Myanmar’s military continues to crush opposition in the war-torn country, bullying anyone who opposes its grip on power. Unfortunately, the country's elected “leaders” remain entirely...