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Japan to invest $8.7 bn in Philippine infra projects
THE CENTREPIECE public infrastructure programme of the Duterte administration just got a big boost with the pledge of the Japanese government to funnel some US$8.7 billion (Bt308 billion) in aid and private investment into the Philippines over five years, a sign of the continuing strong friendship between the two countries.

Blooming canola terraces a new tourism draw for Yen Bai
TERRACED rice fields, always an arresting sight, had already put Yen Bai Province’s Mu Cang Chai District on the nation’s tourist map, but there is an added attraction now.

Japan seen as model for infrastructure development
THE INDONESIAN government has high hopes that Japan will help to boost national development in various sectors, including infrastructure, maritime affairs and tourism.

VN Finance Ministry  seeks tax hike on  petroleum, plastic bags 
The Vietnamese Finance Ministry has proposed in a draft law that would almost triple the environmental-protection tax on oil and gas consumption from the current 3,000 dong to 8,000 dong (Bt12.50) per litre.

VN ramps up SEO equitising

Jakarta pledges leeway for obedient miners
THE INDONESIAN government has reiterated that local miners, particularly nickel, bauxite and copper miners, will be allowed to export their products should they express a commitment to build their own smelters and be able to supply domestic smelters with at least 30 per cent of their input capacity.

Duterte:  ASEAN to focus on people’s progress, peace, maritime security
President Duterte pledged, on Sunday, to help build “a strong and resilient Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) community and actively promote and enhance its interests” as the Philippines formally accepted the leadership of the 10-state regional bloc.

Female tourists dominate China's outbound tourism
Statistics show that traveling abroad is gaining in popularity among the Chinese people, with travelers spending more on experiences instead of seeking shopping opportunities. As this trend has developed, female tourists have become the dominant demographic among outbound travelers.

U Thein Sein receives the 3rd Asia Cosmopolitan Award
Former Myanmar’s president U Thein Sein this afternoon received the Grand Prize of the 3rd Asia Cosmopolitan Awards (ACA) in recognition of his contributions to his country’s reform efforts and democratization under his leadership.

Freedom award for Aye Ko
Myanmar veteran turned to performance art after years as a political prisoner

Lessons in respect
Kindergarten age children in China look to Confucius as the demand for more traditional education grows

Looking back in wonder
A Unesco exhibition offers a dazzling glimpse at rare and endangered heritage

Sharpening the focus
A Singaporean student of Southeast Asian photography produces a scholarly survey

Philippines lures Japanese investors in five priority sectors
THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry is drumming up opportunities for Japanese investors in five priority areas as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledge a package of close to US$9 billion (Bt2319 million) in public and private inflows to the Philippines.

Malaysian utility giant continues acquisitions with UK-based Vortex Solar
UTILITY giant Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) continues its acquisition streak by announcing the almost 500 million ringgit (Bt3.9 billion) acquisition of United Kingdom-based Vortex Solar Investments.

Cambodia and Laos welcome Singaporean firms
THERE ARE many opportunities for Singapore companies in Cambodia and Laos, and leaders of both countries have encouraged Singapore to increase trade and investments, Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam said.

Metro Manila among most attractive hubs for developers
A FIRM ranked Metro Manila third to Bangalore and Mumbai as among the most attractive urban hubs for real estate developers, showing a shift of favour to emerging markets like India, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Remittances support VN development
THE INCREASING quantity of remittances sent back home by overseas Vietnamese over the past few years has helped the country offset its trade deficit, reduce poverty and improve recipients’ living standards.

Myanmar tie-up aims to boost Thai tourism

Hard truths behind the Myanmar miracle
An eye-opening analysis of the struggle for reform reveals how little outsiders know about the multitude of conflicts within that troubled land

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