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  • William C. Dickey and Nay Yan Oo

    Myanmar's military holds key to further reform

    What does Myanmar need to push through a successful democratic transition? It must build strong institutions, transform the economy, and end decades of conflict between ethnic armed groups and government forces, among numerous other challenges. Yet,

    August 18, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian workers press for big minimum wage hikes

    HANOI -- Calls for major increases in minimum pay are spreading through Southeast Asia as workers grow more conscious of their rights amid economic expansion and turn up the pressure on their governments.Malaysia and Myanmar are among the countries

    August 18, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Myanmar's infrastructure deficit outpaces the world

    SYDNEY -- A wide-ranging assessment of Myanmar's infrastructure deficit and its ability to start closing the gap has found that the country is likely to meet only half of those investment needs by 2040, dampening hopes that it can lift the estimated

    August 16, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • For ASEAN, Japan is a key counterbalance to China

    TOKYO -- Five decades after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was established, changing economic and political dynamics in the region are putting a spotlight on Japan's growing importance to the bloc as a counterbalance to China.Japan and t

    August 14, 2017 12:16 pm JST
  • Angel Gurria

    Making the digital age work for ASEAN

    Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic regions, with vast endowments of natural resources, an increasingly diversified economy, an expanding middle class and growing global influence. With the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 201

    August 14, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Myanmar economy needs 'predictable policy,' new reform leader urges

    NAYPYITAW -- "Winston" Set Aung, Myanmar's newly-appointed deputy minister for national planning and finance, has urged fellow government leaders to pursue further regulatory and policy reforms for the economic development of Myanmar during a panel

    August 13, 2017 08:21 pm JST
  • Craft beer serves heady brew to Myanmar

    YANGON -- On a recent evening at Father's Office, a popular bar in downtown Yangon, the patrons who gathered there represented a microcosm of what could be called the "new Myanmar."Some expatriates at the back were nursing pints of beer while watchi

    August 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Suu Kyi's dilemma over Myanmar energy mix

    YANGON -- When Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy was swept into power in 2015, economic development was a key priority and the fledgling government's social and environmental stance seemed tailor-made for foreign investors.But few for

    August 12, 2017 03:05 pm JST
  • Myanmar must balance peace with development, says Suu Kyi

    NAYPYITAW -- Neither economic development nor peace with Myanmar's ethnic minorities can succeed without the other, de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi told a forum on the Southeast Asian nation's democratic transition, signaling a more balanced policy

    August 12, 2017 04:49 am JST
  • Richard Heydarian

    Divided ASEAN hands China diplomatic coup

    The annual regional forum and related meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila brought together 27 foreign ministers from around the Asia-Pacific region -- but the outstanding result was a major diplomatic victory for

    August 12, 2017 04:14 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    ASEAN is looking good, but now looking up to China and India

    TOKYO -- The first 50 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be regarded as an overall success, but its future is anything but certain. Sandwiched between China and India, ASEAN could find itself overwhelmed economically by these

    August 11, 2017 07:27 pm JST
  • Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, says mobilising troops

    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday accused neighbouring Laos of sending troops into Cambodian territory in April and set an Aug. 17 deadline for their departure, warning that he was mobilising soldiers to the border a

    August 11, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Suu Kyi trains policy spotlight on electricity

    NAYPYITAW -- A recent village tour by Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Myanmar's peace process doubled as a checkup on the country's electrification progress, signaling the de facto leader's determination to expand the power grid.Hundreds of residents of

    August 10, 2017 10:16 pm JST
  • Floral diversity blossoms in Laos' first botanical garden

    LUANG PRABANG, Laos What do you do when your pet elephant enters his period of hormonal frenzy, or musth? One might pay a visit to the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Luang Prabang, the ancient royal capital of Laos. The 10-hectare garden, which open

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Angel Gurria: Making the digital age work for ASEAN

    Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic regions, with vast endowments of natural resources, an increasingly diversified economy, an expanding middle class and growing global influence. With the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 201

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Nicholas Farrelly

    Time for idealism is over in ASEAN

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will celebrate its 50th birthday in August with much backslapping and bonhomie. In recent decades, its 10 members have prospered, leaving behind the dark shadow of the Cold War when battles raged on almost

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Frederic Neumann

    At 50, ASEAN is still punching below its weight

    It is easy to dismiss the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as another international talking shop. But that would be a mistake. Over the last five decades, the organization has brought stability to a region all too often riven by tension and st

    August 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bangladesh power giant wants $1bn to fund expansion drive

    SINGAPORE -- Bangladesh's largest conglomerate, Summit Group, wants to raise at least a billion dollars on the international capital markets over the next two to four years to fund the expansion of its power business at home and abroad. Central to t

    August 9, 2017 12:11 am JST
  • Hun Sen stresses Cambodia's stability to Tokyo investors

    TOKYO -- Cambodia's political situation is stable and offers an "advantage" for investors, Prime Minister Hun Sen told potential investors at a seminar in Tokyo on Tuesday. The longtime leader's reassurances come at a time when his ruling party face

    August 8, 2017 11:38 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    Ever-adaptable ASEAN confronts new tests

    BANGKOK -- On Aug. 9, 1967, The New York Times reported the signing of the Bangkok Declaration to inaugurate the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The brief, 80-word article on the declaration -- inked the previous day by five founding foreign

    August 8, 2017 04:06 pm JST