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  • North Korea's museum outpost in Angkor

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- For an art production house based in North Korea, whose usual stock-in-trade is nationalist-communist propaganda, constructing a museum in Cambodia to celebrate the grandeur of the Khmer Empire might seem a surprising project.

    March 17, 2018 07:02 pm JST
  • Myanmar gets to work restoring dilapidated rail system

    YANGON -- Myanmar has begun overhauling its national rail system, long neglected during decades of military rule, starting with two major arteries pivotal to economic revitalization. Work started late February to upgrade the Yangon Circular Railwa

    March 17, 2018 01:10 pm JST
  • Australia courts Southeast Asia with unprecedented summit

    MELBOURNE -- This weekend will see an unprecedented summit between the Australian prime minister and Southeast Asian leaders when they meet in Sydney to work on enhancing security cooperation and business ties.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the le

    March 16, 2018 05:18 pm JST
  • Thailand aims to boost trade with neighbors by 15% in 2018

    BANGKOK -- Thailand aims to increase trade with countries on its borders by 15% this year, to a record high of 1.5 trillion baht ($50 billion). The government is backing the drive to offset an expected slowdown in overall export growth due to apprec

    March 16, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • China's Belt and Road rail project stirs discontent in Laos

    BANGKOK -- Some 4,000 families in Laos affected by a China-Laos high-speed rail link, begun in 2016 as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, are to receive compensation, but the amounts involved and timing are unclear. Channelled through new acc

    March 15, 2018 11:20 am JST
  • Player swaps across Southeast Asia help soccer grow

    KUALA LUMPUR Southeast Asia's top soccer talent is on the move, with the biggest teams in Thailand and Malaysia signing 24 players from outside those countries as the 2018 season kicks off. Last year, this figure was just three.Some of the best play

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Singapore PM tells ASEAN to adjust to new power balance

    SINGAPORE -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations should adjust to a new power balance in Asia so that individual members and the group can benefit from increasingly influential China and India, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in

    March 13, 2018 10:39 pm JST
  • India pivots to Southeast Asia to counter China's growing clout

    India is determined to act as a counterweight to China's strong presence in Southeast Asia. This policy should find support from countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam amid discontent over economic imbalances and China's territoria

    March 13, 2018 11:00 am JST
  • Myanmar military bases built atop Rohingya ruins: Amnesty report

    YANGON -- Myanmar is rapidly building military facilities in Rakhine State on the ruins of the torched homes of the Muslim Rohingya minority, Amnesty International says in a report released Monday.Satellite images show new buildings and fences on th

    March 13, 2018 03:27 am JST
  • UN expert decries starvation policy, new offensives in Myanmar

    GENEVA (Reuters) -- A U.N. investigator said on Monday that Myanmar had launched new military offensives in Kachin and Kayin states and appears to be pursuing a policy of starvation in Rakhine state to force out the remaining Muslim Rohingya populat

    March 12, 2018 09:35 pm JST
  • As Myanmar eats more meat, Sumitomo to sell drugs for livestock

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. is set to start selling drugs for animals in Myanmar later in March as part of an effort to enlarge its presence in what it expects to be a lucrative global market for drugs for livestock and pets.The c

    March 12, 2018 01:30 pm JST
  • Myanmar's once-sleepy coffee industry reborn as 'premium' origin

    MANDALAY, Myanmar -- The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar is making waves in the coffee business, thanks to a climate and topography that lends itself to coffee growing and new technology from abroad that has improved the quality of its beans.This

    March 11, 2018 02:27 pm JST
  • UN rights boss calls for referring Myanmar to ICC for Rohingya crimes

    GENEVA (Reuters) -- The top United Nations human rights official called on Friday for alleged atrocities committed against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution.Zeid Ra'ad al

    March 9, 2018 09:23 pm JST
  • Japan's Dai-ichi Life plans foray into Cambodia

    TOKYO -- Dai-ichi Life Holdings will expand into Cambodia, anticipating rising demand for insurance in Southeast Asia as the region's economy grows.The Tokyo-based insurer will as early as this month set up a wholly owned subsidiary in Cambodia, a f

    March 9, 2018 06:33 am JST
  • Once a world leader, Asia now trails in women lawmakers

    TOKYO -- Back in 1995, Asia was at the forefront of breaking the political glass ceiling for women. Twenty-three years later, the region has fallen behind the world average.Asia's average proportion of women in parliament -- lower and upper houses c

    March 8, 2018 12:10 pm JST
  • Asian export rebound is boosting better growth, at least for now

    TOKYO Against a backdrop of growing optimism, fueled by rising exports, China's economy will grow by an inflation-adjusted 6.4% and four big Southeast Asian economies will log combined growth of 5.2% this year, according to a forecast by the Japan C

    March 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • China puts the US Navy on notice with far-flung ports and big guns

    TOKYO Despite its long coast along the South and East China seas, much of China is landlocked and far from any port. Traditionally, the country has focused on strengthening its army. Now, however, it is prioritizing a naval buildup that could allow

    March 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • British author in Thailand puts Laotian detective fiction on the map

    CHUMPORN, Thailand Dr. Siri Paiboun was already beyond retirement age when he was appointed state coroner to the morgue in Laos' capital, Vientiane, in 1975, when the Southeast Asian nation officially became the Lao People's Democratic Republic. A d

    March 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar to raise minimum wage by 33%

    YANGON -- Myanmar will raise its minimum wage by one-third to 4,800 kyat ($3.63) per day, a move that will affect the country's labor-intensive exporting industries like garment manufacturing and food processing.A panel of representatives from the g

    March 8, 2018 03:29 am JST
  • Asia Insight

    Southeast Asia's vulnerable migrants pose an economic dilemma

    JAKARTA/BANGKOK -- A court case unfolding in Bangkok has focused attention on the lives of migrant workers in Southeast Asia, albeit with an unexpected twist. This time, an employer accused of abuse is suing its former employees.Fourteen migrants fr

    March 6, 2018 12:45 pm JST