October 31, 2010
These were the most significant stories that AseanAffairs reported during the week of October 23-31.
October 29, 2010
Civil society groups say Asean backslides
Fair trade advocates, indigenous groups and human
rights activists today pointed out the apparent shrinking space for
participation of civil society groups within the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as they met in Bangkok.
October 28, 2010
Moving faster on Asean Economic Community with a common currency?
those of us who follow the 10-member Asean community, it seemed that
the four years until the Asean Economic Community (AEC) fell into place
was a reasonable time frame for the full force of the community to take
effect given the wide range of dissimilarities between the 10 countries.
October 27, 2010
First year for Asean human rights body is difficult
The Asean Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) started its work on 23 October 2009.
October 26, 2010
India moves closer to Asean
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is on a three-nation visit to
Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam to further India’s political and economic
goals in Asia.
October 25, 2010
Asean continues its steps forward
ahead to the end of this week, the Asean community again meets in Hanoi
to move forward on its plans to create a truly connected entity.
October 24, 2010
These are the most significant stories that Asean Affairs reported during the week of October 16-24:
October 22, 2010
Trade and currency on the table
Asean Affairs reporting daily on the soaring stock markets in
individual Asean member countries and the concurrent appreciation of
their currencies, it is with some relief that we welcome that the G-20
meeting has kicked off in South Korea.
October 21, 2010
US economist warns not to focus on currency
Currency wars have no winners, and emphasizing currency issues would only
be distractive, a renowned American economist recently said.
October 20, 2010
G20 meeting prospects are dim
that the G20 meeting in South Korea this weekend will result in a
solution to the dramatic capital inflows into Asean countries,
especially Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines, and the global
economic imbalances grow dimmer by the day.
October 19, 2010
Weak dollar not a passing fancy
Since August 27 the U.S. dollar has declined more than 7 percent .
October 18, 2010
Revaluating yuan is no help in restoring competitiveness
World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy said on Friday "a reevaluation of the
yuan would only have a modest impact on the sales price of the final product
and would probably not restore the competitiveness of competing products
October 17, 2010
These were the most significant stories appearing on Asean Affairs during the week of October 9-15.
October 15, 2010
US Dollar hits lowest level of the year
The "greenback" sank against most major currencies Thursday, prompting
warnings that the weakness of the world’s reserve currency could destabilise
the global economy and push other countries into retaliatory devaluations to
underwrite their exports.
October 14, 2010
Opinion: Should Asia Grab the "Hot Money" while it lasts?
"Hot Money" is the new capital problem for government policy makers in some developing Global economies. More
October 13, 2010
Water- too little or too much
appears to be a growing issue in Asia as every day, news seems to
indicate that the availability of drinking water is a growing problem
and in the case of rising ocean levels, too much is another issue. More
October 12, 2010
Asian countries waking up to income spread
the dramatic and deadly two-month red shirt protest in Thailand one of
the rallying cries of protesters was the disparity of income between the
rural poor and the Thais who live in work in Bangkok. More
October 11, 2010
Low cost at what cost?
most western consumers are aware, less-developed and developing
countries are the manufacturing sites for the production of numerous
items that find their way into big box stores such as Wal-Mart, Target,
Tesco or Carrefour. More
October 10, 2010
These were the most significant stories in Asean during the week of October 2-October 8: More
October 8, 2010
Language in Thailand
interesting headline appeared in one of Thailand’s English language
newspapers this week, it read, “English to be second language.” More
October 7, 2010
Currency appreciation raises anxieties
battle over the teeter-totter effect of the falling value of the US
dollar and the rising value of Asean currencies such as the Malaysian
ringgit, Thai baht and Philippine peso may be reaching historic
October 6, 2010
What happens next?
word from the developed world is that central banks will move as early
as November to purchase government debt, thus raising the supply of
funds that can be invested in higher-yielding assets. More
October 5, 2010
The battle is on in the Philippines
many years, in fact, forever, the Catholic Church has opposed birth
control in the Philippines but the stage now seems to be set for an epic
battle with new President Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. More
October 4, 2010
Asean leaders at ASEM
Asean leaders are attending the ASEM meeting in Brussels for two days. More
October 2, 2010
These were the most significant stories on Asean Affairs during the week of September 25-October 1: More
October 1, 2010
The controversial non-election
The ruling military junta in Myanmar has recently announced that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be released after the upcoming November 7 elections. More