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Asean Affairs    10  October  2011


By  David Swartzemtruber

AseanAffairs     10  October 2011

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Myanmar VP to China on dam dispute
Myanmar's vice-president, Tin Aung Myint Oo, will visit China this month to discuss the suspension of a controversial dam built and financed by Chinese firms, a senior Myanmar official said on Friday.

Floods reaching Bangkok
Thailand's prime minister warned Friday that Bangkok was under threat from the country's worst floods in decades as the authorities stepped up efforts to protect the capital and key industrial areas.

Radicalisim declining in Indonesia
Radicalism in Indonesia is wavering, with the national radicalism index showing a slight decline from 24.7 last year down to 20 this year, a survey shows.

Felda group may list
The Malaysian market is fielding a rumor that Felda Group's commercial entity will seek listing on Bursa Malaysia, a move that could potentially create the world's largest listed plantation company.

Lack of infrastructure hurting Indonesia
Shortcomings in Indonesia’s infrastructure have contributed to a major lack of competitiveness for domestic manufacturers, causing many to get out of the business altogether, according to the outgoing chairman of a business association here.

Sex selection rises in Asian countries
Experts yesterday called for Asian countries to intensify work to address gender imbalance that could threaten social stability in the future.

Power cuts in Java
A number of hydro power plants in Central Java are experiencing production cuts of up to 60 percent, following the prolonged dry season this year and subsequent water shortages.

Malaysia foresees 5-6 percent growth
Malaysia will be able to achieve economic growth of 5 to 6 percent in 2012 and cut its fiscal deficit further as strong domestic demand and commodities exports cushion the impact of a global downturn, the government forecast on Friday.

New Thai-Lao bridge to open
The third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge across the Mekong river is now 99 percent complete and will be officially opened on November 11.

Nuclear plant may go to coal
The Philippines government is considering the conversion of the Bataan nuclear power plant into a coal-fired facility, according to the Department of Energy.

Indonesia arrests a “most-wanted”
Indonesia's anti-terrorism squad has arrested one of the country's most wanted Muslim militants for allegedly plotting suicide attacks.

Razak moves on security law reform
Malaysia's prime minister has begun moves in Parliament to revoke strict security laws as part of his new pledge to protect civil liberties.

Thai wage boost to “rebalance” society
Boosting minimum wages and farm income is all part of a larger strategy aimed at nothing short of rebalancing Thailand's society and economy, says Kittiratt Na-Ranong, the deputy prime minister in charge of economic policy.

Climate change hits Cambodia
Cambodia's recent weather is the result of global climate change, Minister for Environment Mok Mareth told the Second National Forum on Climate Change yesterday.

Philippines credit gets reviewed
International credit rating agencies will hold another review of the Philippines later this year to early 2012 to incorporate recent developments in the country’s credit story, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

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This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More


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