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          Updated: February 22, 2017

• Jokowi criticizes Trade Ministry for lack of innovation
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo criticized the Trade Ministry for not being more ambitious and coming up with new innovations to penetrate

• India plans to sell refined crude oil products to Myanmar
India plans to sell refined crude oil products to Myanmar as part of New Delhi's efforts to deepen ties with its eastern neighbour, which is

• Automakers sense a sea change, move to green cars
With demand for environmentally friendly cars increasing in Vieệt Nam, local automakers and traders are going green to win market share.


• Indonesia focuses on internal reform to enhance investment climate
While it is fully aware of the importance of promoting the country’s huge potential overseas, the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) aims


• High liquidity, but no drop in interest rates
Despite good liquidity in the banking system, the peculiarities in Việt Nam’s monetary policy management has prevented the decline of interest


   Updated: February 21, 2017
Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 2.5 points or 0.08% lower to 3094.19, taking the year-to-date performance to +7.41%.

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index lost 6.03 points or 0.35% on Tuesday. The Finance Index increased 0.01% to 15065.27 points, the Properties Index up 0.35% to 1216.15 points and the Plantation Index down 0.83% to 8005.95 points. The market traded within a range of 13.67 points between an intra-day high of 1719.76 and a low of 1706.09 during the session. More

      Updated: February 15,  2017
Set the US-Thailand relationship right
The visit of US Adm. Harry B Harris Jr, head of US Pacific Command, to Thailand this week is an opportunity for Thailand and the United States to reset a stagnant, strained relationship. The visit will also be an important symbol of the Trump administration's commitment to the Asia-Pacific Region, and to Southeast Asia in particular. President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy team is taking shape, with the choice of ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson for secretary of state and retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense. The selection of Tillerson and Mattis—both well-respected individuals with  More

    Updated  January 19,  2017
Biweekly Update
Myanmar detains police after video of Rohingya beating surfaces online
An online video showing Burmese security forces beating Rohingya villagers during a security operation has provided evidence of violence against the Rohingya related to the ongoing crackdown in Rakhine State. Journalists and aid workers have been denied access to the area, making independent verification of human rights abuses difficult. Four police officers have been detained on suspicion of involvement in the beating, and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s 
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