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Singapore’s President urges firms to seize advantage in developing markets like Cambodia and Laos

President of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan, has urged Singaporean firms to move quickly and seize first-mover advantage in developing markets like Cambodia and Laos Singapore has recently signed pro-business policies with Cambodia and Laos Tony Tan cited tourism as one area where there could be more collaboration between Singapore companies…

Thailand’s new King rejects the ruling junta’s proposed constitution

Thailand’s new King rejects the ruling junta’s proposed constitution The King’s objections were related to aspects which have appeared to limit the monarch’s sovereignty Thais have been monitoring and looking out for signs of friction and power struggle between the monarch and the ruling junta While the King’s right to…

China’s aggressive investments in ports and rail links in Malaysia changes outlook for Singapore

China’s aggressive investments in ports and rail links in Malaysia changes outlook for Singapore China’s current mega belt-road projects in Malaysia, once completed, will alter trade routes in the region and this may divert hundreds of billions worth of trade away from Singapore This game changer will bring vast economic…

Malaysia to boost border security

Malaysia to boost border security Malaysia recognises security issues such as illegal border crossing, terrorism and the trafficking of drugs from the Golden Triangle area Malaysia is looking into tightening its border security with an integrated surveillance system, including the use of high technology gadgets Currently, the 767km Malaysia-Thailand border…

Indonesia sees Japan as model for infrastructure development

Indonesia sees Japan as model for infrastructure development The Japan-Indonesia Business Dialogue event was held in Jakarta The Indonesian government has high hopes that Japan will help to boost national development in various sectors, including infrastructure, maritime affairs, and tourism Japan regards Indonesia as an important partner and is really…

ASEAN highlights progress and priorities towards 50th anniversary

ASEAN highlights progress and priorities towards 50th anniversary The ASEAN Secretariat released ‘ASEAN in 2016’ factsheet to highlight the achievements of ASEAN Community a year after its establishment This factsheet provides an overview of the progress of the three ASEAN Community pillars and priorities as the grouping celebrates its 50th…

China releases first white paper on security cooperation in Asia-Pacific, warning small and medium sized countries to not take sides

ASEAN: China releases first white paper on security cooperation in Asia-Pacific, warning small and medium-sized countries to not take sides In the six-point proposal, reproduced in full by Xinhua, Beijing, stated that ‘small- and medium-sized countries need not and should not take sides among big countries’ It added that China…

Cultural Dilution in ASEAN: A Fight for the Survival of Traditional Handicrafts

Disclaimer: Warwick ASEAN Conference would like to clarify that all opinions expressed in this article are the authors’ and editors’ own. BY KATRINA QUAH From Thailand’s silk weaving to Malaysian songket weaving, Vietnam’s rattan woven baskets to Filipino pottery ware, Indonesia’s wood carving to Bruneian silversmithing; ASEAN truly has a…