Thailand scrambles to reform seafood industry

Thailand is facing massive economic losses if it cannot export to the EU. Source: Wikimedia Bangkok has registered more than 70,000 undocumented foreign workers in...

Rakhine port’s delays continue

The future of a major Chinese-backed economic zone in troubled Rakhine State remains in the balance amid repeated delays. In 2015, Myanmar signed a deal...

Singapore records surprise growth

The Scarabeo 9 oil rig was completed at the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore in 2010. The weak oil price is hurting current orders. Source:...

UK activist faces Thai jail

Migrants suffer in the Thai fruit trade. Source: Wikimedia A Bangkok criminal court is expected this week to rule in the case of a British...

Cambodia blocks Asean statement

Disunity rules at Asean. Source: YouTube Asean has failed to agree on maritime disputes in the South China Sea after the Cambodia delegation blocked any...

Widodo energy policy flounders

Coal provides the bulk of Indonesia’s energy. Source: Wikimedia After taking office, Indonesia President Joko Widodo pledged to boost electricity capacity by two-thirds by 2019...

China set to win high-speed rail contract 

More than 85 per cent of track on the Beijing–Tianjin Intercity Railway is laid on viaducts. Source: Wikimedia Chinese contractors are leading the field to win the deal to...

Microsoft enters murky Myanmar market

Microsoft has stepped into the precarious business world of supposedly democratic Myanmar by signing a deal with a conglomerate whose founder has long battled...

S’pore couple jailed for starving maid

Singapore is largely dependent on migrant labour. A Singaporean couple, both 47, have been jailed for starving their Filipina maid over a period of...

Manila defends helicopter deal

The Philippine defence minister Delfin Lorenzana has claimed that 16 helicopters being bought from Canada will not be used to attack insurgents after activists...

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