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          Updated:  October 31, 2014

• Thai PM on official Cambodian visit
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha left Bangkok for Phnom Penh this afternoon for an official visit to Cambodia to discuss mutual benefits with Cambodian

• Survey shows strong support for nuclear energy
The National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) says most Indonesians agree with developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

• Cambodia rice yields lowest
Cambodia's rice industry remains hindered by the size of cultivation land and an absence of domestic milling facilities as well as irrigation, according to an

• Bangkok, Chiang Mai prepare for Loy Krathong festival
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is busily preparing multiple venues for next week's Loy Krathong festival, especially piers on the Chao Phraya

• VN economy improving: CBRE
Viet Nam's GDP grew 5.62 per cent in the first nine months of 2014, along with accelerating foreign investment that increased exports and manufacturing,

          Updated:October 31, 2014

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +39.94 points higher or +1.23% to 3274.25, taking the year-to-date performance to +3.46%.

The FBM KLCI index gained 12.37 points or 0.67% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.21% to 16826.53 points, the Properties Index up 0.84% to 1461.73 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.46% to 8553.85 points. The market traded within a range of 12.98 points between an intra-day high of 1855.15 and a low of 1842.17 during the session. More

    Updated:  October 31, 2014

The Case for Holding Cobra Gold 2015 in Thailand
Since Thai army chief-turned-junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha launched his May coup overthrowing the democratically elected but deeply troubled government of Yingluck Shinawatra, commentators in both Thailand and the United States have debated the U.S. response. Washington immediately canceled an ongoing joint exercise, pulling out troops already in place in Thailand, and severed all military aid earmarked for 2014 that had not yet been disbursed, totaling about $3.5 million.

But the biggest debate has been about the crown jewel in the U.S.-Thai military relationship—Cobra Gold, the largest multinational military exercise in the Asia Pacific. Playing host to Cobra Gold is a significant feather in the Thai military’s cap, and many observers understandably argued for the 2015 iteration to be canceled or moved out of Thailand as a sign of Washington’s continued disapproval of the coup. More

    Updated: October 31, 2014

Biweekly Update


Jokowi names cabinet. Newly inaugurated president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on October 27 announced the names of the 34 ministers in his cabinet. The announcement drew mixed reactions, with supporters noting that 18 of the 34 are experts rather than political appointees and a record 8 are women. But detractors noted that despite including a number of reformers and highly competent selections, the cabinet overall was less transformational than many previous ones The new defense minister, former general Ryamizard Ryacudu, has proven especially controversial as human rights groups quickly decried his record of violations. More

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