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12 Bracing for a Brutal Year
42 AN UPHILL CLIMB
The ten-nation Asean has set an ambitious goal to establish a single
market by 2015, which has been a challenge given the wide economic,
social and political disparities and conflicting national interests
among the Asean members.
54 BURMA’S WINKING WONDER
sacred Buddhist landmark, Shwedagon is a curious witness to a long and
tumultuous history of Burma’s independence and political struggles.
58 MEDICAL TOURISM IN ASEAN
An interview with a British entrepreneur who sees Asia’s rising role in medical tourism services.
60 Holistic Health / Asean Astro
72 Introducing Indonesia’s Bakrie Brothers and Tata Motors (Thailand)
76 DOUBLE BLOW FOR DETROIT OF SE ASIA
Expectations of fast growth diminish as local political strife drags on and global downturn hits home.
CARIO BRAVO: INNOVATIVE IMAGE BUILDER?
Thailand’s auto parts giant shows off its innovative edge
79 STEADY GROWTH AHEAD
Financial turmoil in the world markets won’t necessarily hurt the economy in the Philippines, and here are the reasons why.
82 IS MR. THAI FISCALLY HEALTHY?
He is, indeed, says Dr. Kriengsak Chareonwongsak who explains why.
83 Secrets of the World’s Leading Airline