January 31, 2011
The Myanmar Parliament opens
Meeting at the presumably auspicious time of 8:55 a.m. (the
Myanmar generals frequently consult fortune tellers), Myanmar’s
Parliament opened on Monday in the capital, Naypyidaw. Security was
tight, media reported.
January 30, 2011
These were the most important stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of January 22-January 28.
January 28, 2011
US backing Philippines in South China Sea
In a strategic and certainly controversial move, the
United States is giving support to the Philippines in the ongoing
territorial dispute that the Philippines has with China in the South
China Sea over the Spratly slands.
January 27, 2011
Malaysia and Thailand plan cross-trading
There is a new development in the stock exchanges of Asean
Malaysia and Thailand plan to start start cross-trading of shares by the
end of 2011 as part of a plan to make Southeast Asian markets more
accessible and spur trading, Bursa Malaysia Bhd. Chief Executive Officer
Yusli Mohamed Yusoff said.
January 26, 2011
On the road diplomacy
The 10 foreign ministers of Asean countries completed their
three- day road trip from Thailand to China yesterday when they arrived
January 25, 2011
The world’s economic cycles
The global economy, the Asian economy, the European
economy, the Chinese economy-all go through their up and down cycles not
only making for interesting news but also producing a few ulcers,
particularly if one is an investor.
January 24, 2011
Forests continue at risk
The futuristic 1973 film, “Soylent Green,” had a scene shot
in a facility titled, “The Tree Museum” and so every time a story
appears about declining forest, that scene comes to mind.
January 23, 2011
These were the most important stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of January 15-21.
January 21, 2011
World Cup in Asean?
Asean is exploring entering the competition for its 10
member-states to host the FIFA World Cup, the world’s biggest football
tournament, in 2030.
January 20, 2011
Nuclear power in Asean
The second annual Nuclear Power Asia 2011 conference opened
in Hanoi on January 18, with more than 120 delegates from Asian
January 19, 2011
How do Thais feel about China’s clout?
China has become Thailand's second largest export market
with export value of US$40 billion last year, accounting for 25 percent
of China's trade with Asean.
January 18, 2011
China economic integration shows birthing pains
As China and its business community integrates into the world scene it does so with some rough edges showing.
January 17, 2011
The diplomatic initiative on Myanmar
Today’s top story in the world of Asean is the Myanmar
diplomatic initiative floated by Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya at
a recent Asean meeting in Indonesia.
January 15, 2011
These were the most significant stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of January 8-14.
January 14, 2011
World Bank’s 2011 economic outlook
The East Asia and Pacific region led the global recovery from the deepest recession since the 1930s over 2009 and 2010.
January 13, 2011
Phony goods still abound in Asean
As the so-called “high season” of tourism in Asia still has
a few months left, it is timely to point out to potential tourists that
counterfeit goods can be easily found in most Asian and Asean
January 12, 2011
Cambodia, Laos share regional growth
Other than the special economic case of Myanmar, Cambodia
and Laos are two underdeveloped countries that rest at the bottom of
the Asean economic ladder.
January 11, 2011
Asian economies cope with success
At opposite ends of Asia, Singapore in Southeast Asia and
China in North Asia are coping with the success of their dynamic
January 10, 2011
Rallies start 2011 in Thailand off on a wary note
Saturday, January 8, was Childrens’ Day in Thailand, a day
when children and their families officially celebrate, well, children.
January 9, 2011
These were the most significant stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of January 3-January 7.
January 7, 2011
With reports of the rising prices of food hitting Asian
news outlets, the European Union has just given a 20 million euro grant
to UNICEF to tackle malnutrition in South and Southeast Asia.
January 6, 2011
Chinese presence in the Greater Mekong Sub-region
As 2011 starts its worthwhile to take a look at two countries, Laos and Cambodia, and their economies that are often under-reported.
January 5, 2011
Just when it seemed that border tensions between Thailand
and Cambodia had simmered down, seven Thai men, including a sitting MP,
crossed into Cambodia.
January 4, 2011
This year in Thailand-what next?
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.
January 3, 2011
jaw droppers of 2010
1.Thailand recorded GDP growth of 9.1 percent during the
second quarter of 2010, the same period when red shirt protests
paralyzed a small but important section of downtown Bangkok and the rest
of the world thought the country was falling apart.