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  • Myanmar army chief slams UN criticism of Rohingya treatment

    YANGON -- Myanmar's army chief has denounced the United Nations' criticism of the country's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, saying it lacked historical context.Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of Myanmar's armed forces, sai

    October 17, 2017 07:39 pm JST
  • Newest Myanmar noodle chain has Japanese roots, local prices

    TOKYO -- One of Japan's top purveyors of noodles is setting up shop in Myanmar's biggest city this month, hoping to cater to a growing middle class hungry for cheap food.Bowls of rice noodles in broth will sell for 650 kyat (48 cents) at the Yangon

    October 14, 2017 01:56 am JST
  • World Bank eyes redirecting Myanmar funds for Rohingya crisis

    YANGON -- Governors of the World Bank Group will consider proposals to allocate at least $270 million worth of funds to address the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled into neighboring Bangla

    October 13, 2017 08:17 pm JST
  • ASEAN renews currency swap deal to provide $2bn support: Malaysia central bank

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has agreed to renew a currency swap deal for two more years from Nov. 17, providing a total of $2 billion in financial support, the Malaysian central bank said on Friday. T

    October 13, 2017 02:08 pm JST
  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi prioritizes repatriation of Rohingya Muslims

    YANGON (Kyodo) -- Myanmar leader State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi Thursday said her government will prioritize for repatriation of displaced Rohingya Muslims who recently fled the strife-torn Rakhine State across the border into Bangladesh.Speaking

    October 13, 2017 02:48 am JST
  • Myanmar army chief says Rohingya Muslims 'not natives', numbers fleeing exaggerated

    YANGON (Reuters) -- Rohingya Muslims are not native to Myanmar, the army chief told the U.S. ambassador in a meeting in which he apparently did not address accusations of abuses by his men and said media was complicit in exaggerating the number of r

    October 12, 2017 07:42 pm JST
  • Nouriel Roubini

    Three scenarios for the global economy

    For the last few years, the global economy has been oscillating between periods of acceleration (when growth is positive and strengthening) and periods of deceleration (when growth is positive but weakening). After over a year of acceleration, is th

    October 12, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    Myanmar minister: Rohingya repatriation can begin in November

    NAYPYITAW -- Myanmar plans to begin letting Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to neighboring Bangladesh during a military crackdown back into the country as early as next month, but at a glacial pace that would not complete the process for nearly a

    October 12, 2017 10:40 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    What the 'bicycle index' says about a country

    You are what you drive -- the car advertisement claims. That is not true in Thailand, where you are what you ride. Bicycles have become the nation's most unexpected status symbols.Thais have taken to recreational pedaling like nobody else. Each week

    October 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A manufacturing uptick can't pierce South Korea's gloom

    HONG KONG Despite escalating threats from its northern neighbor, South Korea saw its manufacturing condition pick up on stronger domestic demand and output last month. But analysts remain cautious about the country's economic outlook as the ongoing

    October 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Cambodia's main opposition party on brink of collapse

    HANOI Cambodia's main opposition party is facing extinction, if Prime Minister Hun Sen gets his way.On Oct. 2, the prime minister, who is also the president of the ruling Cambodian People's Party, used the occasion of a hotel opening in Siem Reap, t

    October 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • What the 'bicycle index' says about a country

    You are what you drive -- the car advertisement claims. That is not true in Thailand, where you are what you ride. Bicycles have become the nation's most unexpected status symbols.Thais have taken to recreational pedaling like nobody else. Each week

    October 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Derek J. Mitchell: There is still a chance to solve the Rohingya crisis

    International commentary about the tragedy of the Rohingya of Rakhine State has focused largely on disappointment in Myanmar's iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi.Suu Kyi's Sept. 19 speech to the diplomatic community, intended to address concerns about t

    October 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bilahari Kausikan

    Growing complexities threaten ASEAN consensus politics

    Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, "centrality" is a defining concept -- an implied vision of regional order in which the collective interest of member states comes first -- or at least is not disregarded"ASEAN centrality" is not a m

    October 11, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Ride-hailing apps a boon for Asia's motorcycle taxis

    Mobile ride-hailing apps are fast finding a place in Asia's taxi industry via motorcycles and motorized tricycles, typically cheaper alternatives to autos.The trend is being helped along by the increasing ubiquity of smartphones and improved wireles

    October 11, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Axiata unit strengthens Cambodia foothold

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Smart Axiata, a unit of Malaysian mobile telecommunications operator Axiata Group is set to acquire a 30% equity stake in Sabay Digital Plus, an online content provider in Cambodia. On Monday, the group said the move is aimed at bols

    October 10, 2017 05:42 pm JST
  • South Korea's gloom prevails despite manufacturing upturn

    HONG KONG -- Despite escalating threats from its northern neighbor, South Korea saw its manufacturing condition pick up on stronger domestic demand and output last month. But analysts remain cautious about the country's economic outlook as the ongoi

    October 10, 2017 11:05 am JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Electric vehicle race is on in Southeast Asia

    Thailand is leading other Southeast Asian countries in providing incentives for consumers and investors to boost its domestic electric vehicle industry.Malaysia is dealing with Chinese manufacturers to speed up the adoption of battery-only electric

    October 10, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • ASEAN migrant remittances equal to Myanmar GDP

    JAKARTA -- Vast differences in living standards and wages across Southeast Asia have driven a massive rise in migration in the region since the mid-1990s, resulting in an estimated 6.77 million migrant workers sending home substantial chunks of thei

    October 9, 2017 07:42 pm JST
  • Eswar Prasad and Karim Foda

    Economic breathing space is an opportunity to strengthen resilience

    The world economy has settled into a holding pattern, with a broad-based but plodding recovery underway characterized by weak productivity and investment growth. Both advanced and emerging market economies have maintained modest growth momentum, but

    October 8, 2017 07:00 pm JST