Shaky economy greets Thailand’s reappointed PM

Thailand’s newly reappointed prime minister, Prayut Chan-ocha (pictured), has said little about being selected to head a supposedly civilian administration.  The former general issued a...

Singapore index falls to 2016 level 

Singapore’s purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell last month, signalling a contraction in manufacturing amid the US-China trade dispute and a global economic slowdown. The PMI...

‘Ex-gay’ Duterte appeals for Japanese investment 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has assured investors and donors that their money is safe in the archipelago, saying he was cracking down on corruption...

Malaysia to swap palm oil for Chinese arms: minister 

Malaysia has signed a deal to swap environmentally ruinous palm oil for Chinese weapons.  Malaysian industrial minister Teresa Kok said US$145 million worth of palm...

Vietnam’s boom tipped to continue 

Vietnam’s economy could eclipse that of Singapore by 2029 as it has the potential to grow at about 6-6.5 per cent, DBS Bank has...

Malaysia eyes legal shakeup to bust corruption

The Malaysian government has been called to make major legislative reform to ensure former prime minister Najib Najib’s alleged embezzlement is never repeated. The government’s...

Vietnam benefits from US-China trade spat 

Companies in China fear tariffs on exports to the United States amid the growing trade war between the two countries escalates and several employers...

Singapore posts disappointing trade figures

Singapore's non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell 10 per cent year on year last month, continuing a slump that saw exports drop by 11.8 per...

Indonesia reveals huge April deficit

Indonesia has posted one of the widest monthly trade deficits in its history for April as exports have slumped and the expected fall in...

Brunei’s hypocrites buckle under international pressure 

Brunei has climbed down after a sustained international campaign, saying it will not impose the death penalty for those convicted of having gay sex. The...

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China admits sinking Philippine fishing boat 

China has confirmed that a Chinese trawler “bumped into” a Philippine fishing boat in the South China Sea but denied claims the incident was...

Meth trade extends its web 

Intrepid visitors to Yangon should not miss the military’s bizarre Drug Elimination Museum.  Its gory mannequins depict the dangers of drug abuse and the military’s...

Indonesia poised to cut interest rate

The Bank Indonesia is set to ease monetary policy to counter the global economic slowdown sparked by the US-China trade war, according to Indonesia’s...