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Obama Visit to Japan a Test for US

Tokyo will welcome US President Barack Obama this week at a key moment in US-Japan relations. The challenging nature of the current security situation in East Asia underscores the importance of maintaining a... Read More...
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Protectionism Grows in China

Protectionism is growing in China, with foreign interests increasingly losing out to local operators across a wide range of manufacturing and consumer sectors according a report issued recently by Steve Vickers... Read More...
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Yangon Lights Up

On the industrial outskirts of Yangon, a rusted chimney exhales wisps of white smoke as a three-decade-old gas-fired power station chunters on. Just meters away on the same compound in Thaketa Township, a low mumble, but nothing in the way of visible emissions... Read More...
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Climate Change: Does Southeast Asia Care?

At a time when a major United Nations body produced a damning report that climate change is real and that human influence is the cause, in Southeast Asia nobody appears to be paying attention, except for a few ... Read More...
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Thai Rice Subsidy Program Ends With a Whimper

Thailand has largely ended its disastrous scheme to subsidize rice farmers, having lost the country’s position as the world’s biggest exporter and left it an estimated US$2 billion in the hole with vast amounts... Read More...
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Myanmar Bans Foreign Fishing From Its Waters

With foreign fishing boats taking an estimated 100 times as many catch as locals do, Myanmar has banned all foreign fishing vessels from its waters effective at the first of April, according to an official from the Myanmar Fishery Federation. “Fish and othe... Read More...
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More US Cyber-Spying?

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced at the National Security Agency headquarters last Friday that the Pentagon would triple its cyber security staff – to 6,000 - over the next few years to defend against... Read More...
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All Roads Lead to Beijing

Last October, China’s then-new leaders, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, spent several days visiting five Southeast Asian nations between them in what was regarded as a diplomatic triumph. They also... Read More...
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The Implications of Bloomberg’s China Stance

Bloomberg News’ admission that it is now tailoring its news reporting on China to avoid jeopardizing its commercial expansion there has come as a shock to many. It should not have. Most of the western media is highly susceptible to such commercial pressures... Read More...
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Why Emerging Country Gloom is Mistaken

Many emerging markets submerged in 2013 and have continued to do so in early 2014. The negative reaction of currency and stock and bond prices in several emerging markets to a cautious statement (“taper talk”) ... Read More...