NLD demands war on graft

Rural poverty has been made more acute by the military’s theft of land. Source: Asean Economist National League for Democracy members of Myanmar's Lower House...

Singapore promises ‘checks’ over Panama leaks

As a financial hub, Singapore is in the spotlight over the Panama Papers. Source: Pixabay The Singaporean government says it is reviewing information from the...

Japan eyes increased Myanmar role

Japanese investment is set to revolutionise Yangon’s creaking railway network. Source: Asean Economist Japan is trying to reinforce its influence in Myanmar in an attempt to counterbalance...

NBC to sue over digital currency

Cambodia’s central bank has threatened legal action after a Japanese tech firm announced it had the organisation’s backing to set up a cryptocurrency in...

Malaysia U-turns on foreign recruitment

Shiva Temple, Puthia, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Bangladesh has a rich supply of labour. Source: Flickr Malaysia said it was freezing recruitment of all foreign workers...

Indonesia looks to lift FDI restrictions

Indonesia is always in need of foreign investment. Source: Flickr Jakarta is revamping its foreign-investment rules to allow foreign firms to take bigger stakes in...

Malaysia’s Najib to headline Jeddah Economic Forum

Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Jeddah Economic Forum. The Forum, held annually since 1999, has become one...

Cambodia axes US exercises

A US sailor shows Cambodian counterparts his nuclear, chemical and biological protective equipment in 2007. Source: Wikimedia   Cambodia defence ministry says it has suspended military...

Indonesia targets money laundering 

Indonesia has unveiled regulations aimed at busting money laundering and terror financing for money changers, credit-card and electronic money providers. It is part of moves...

US warship returns to South China Sea

The USS Lassen. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The US says it plans to return to disputed areas of the South China Sea, with a naval commander...

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Cambodia joins Asean’s rail network 

Cambodia and Thailand have reconnected a cross-border railway after 46 years as Asean’s rail links gradually improve. The military-appointed Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and...

Duterte threatens war with Canada over 103 sea containers 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told Canada to take back tonnes of waste it had “illegally” shipped to Manila or risk "war".  Canada is being...

Myanmar court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters pair  

Myanmar's military-controlled Supreme Court has rejected the appeal by the two Reuters journalists who were jailed for seven years under the colonial-era Official Secrets...