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          Updated:  July 23, 2014

• ASEAN and ROK Prepare for Commemorative Summit in Busan
The Secretary-General of the Preparatory Office for the 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit, HE. Choi Jong-moon, called on

• Trade surplus tops $1.46b in first half of this year
Vietnam: The country had a trade surplus of US$1.46 billion by July 15, according to statistics from the General Department of Customs.

• The MDA wants to make Malaysia a market to watch
THE digital marketing industry in Malaysia is entering more exciting times.

• PM's pledge to bring back bodies of MH17 crash victims almost a reality
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's pledge, that all the bodies of Malaysian nationals killed in the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17 crash in Ukraine would be buried in

• Gov't greenlights auto industry plan
Vietnam:The Government has approved a new development strategy for the auto industry to enable it to meet domestic demand and join world production.

          Updated: July 22, 2014

Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +2.64 points higher or +0.08% to 3316.91, taking the year-to-date performance to +4.80%.

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index gained 2.72 points or 0.15% on Tuesday. The Finance Index fell 0.28% to 17394.86 points, the Properties Index up 0.47% to 1484.07 points and the Plantation Index down 0.09% to 8998.06 points. The market traded within a range of 5.97 points between an intra-day high of 1874.00 and a low of 1868.03 during the session.
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Updated: July 23, 2014

Dealing with America’s China Problem in Asia – Targeting China’s Vulnerabilities
Recently completing a book manuscript assessing the status and outlook of US relations within the broad Asia-Pacific region reinforced this writer’s opinion in an earlier PacNet (“Rebalancing, China and Asian Dynamics – Obama’s Good Fit,” Jan. 6, 2014) that the United States remains unsurpassed in regional influence and leadership. The Obama government’s nuanced and multifaceted rebalance initiatives mesh well with regional priorities and promise growing security, economic, and political ties. By contrast, China, the only other possible competitor for regional leadership, pursues conflicted policies at odds with key regional concerns of independence, sovereignty, and stability.   More

    Updated: July 11, 2014

Biweekly Update

Indonesia
Jokowi apparent victor in presidential election. Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appeared to triumph over his rival, former general Prabowo Subianto, in the July 9 election for Indonesia’s next president. Quick counts from three organizations suggested Jokowi won by 3.5 percent to just over 5 percent. Those counts have been extremely accurate in predicting previous election winners in Indonesia. Prabowo refused to concede defeat, saying that he would await final results from the election  More













PR Today                           update July 18, 2014
A Biography  
Quick getaways from Singapore made easier with Changi Airport's new Weekend Escapades mobile app The Master of the Vijja Dhammakaya approach, the late         
Venerable Cho Khun Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni, is fondly known and
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