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    1. July 13, 2016

      China struggles to win friends over South China Sea

      When foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered for a meeting with their Chinese...

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    3. July 12, 2016

      Asian nations welcome South China Sea ruling

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      June 30, 2016

      Bank of China commences Asean reshuffle

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      How Brexit could affect Asian currencies

      A possible Brexit will prove negative to most Asian currencies with China’s renminbi and India’s rupee suffering the...

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      China looks like a bully in South China Sea row

      At some point in the coming weeks an international arbitration court in The Hague will rule on whether China’s...

    7. June 15, 2016

      Asean show of unity over South China Sea collapses

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    8. June 14, 2016

      Japan Inc to raise investment in Asean infrastructure

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    9. June 3, 2016

      Law firms use guile to expand in Asean

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    10. May 31, 2016

      Japan looks to Vietnam as China labour costs soar

      Japan’s biggest shipping company is investing in a $1.2bn container port expansion in Vietnam in the latest bet on a...

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      May 13, 2016

      Indonesia motorbike sales hit the brakes in April

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    12. May 9, 2016

      Philippines election spending: and the winners are . . .

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    13. May 2, 2016

      China builds ties as well as airstrips in South China Sea

      What do the governments of Belarus, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Russia have in common, apart from their lack of...

    14. April 29, 2016

      China’s white collar wages outstrip Japan, Korea

      The salaries of senior company managers in China have overtaken those of counterparts in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan...

    15. April 21, 2016

      Asean demand for travel takes off

      The new Filipino and Vietnamese middle class are flying in ever-greater numbers within Southeast Asia as they...

    16. Fast FT

      April 11, 2016

      World Bank revises Asia Pacific growth forecasts

      The World Bank has released updated projections for growth in the East Asia and Pacific region, and there’s plenty of...

    17. March 16, 2016

      Chinese crisis bites Asean and Latin America consumer sentiment

      Consumer sentiment across the key emerging markets of China, Southeast Asia and Latin America has been unable to...

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      Beijing in the South China Sea — belligerent or assertive?

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    19. February 24, 2016

      TPP may help Vietnam sew up clothing exports

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    20. February 15, 2016

      US-Asean relations: facts and figures

      President Barack Obama’s meeting with 10 Southeast Asian leaders this week is being touted as a big sign of the...

    21. February 12, 2016

      US to corral Asean support in South China Sea spat

      Later this year an obscure international tribunal in The Hague will issue a decision about contested islands in the...

    22. January 22, 2016

      Asean’s love for fast food wanes

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    23. January 14, 2016

      Asean’s common market faces steep hurdles

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      AEC is a milestone for Asean's development

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    25. December 10, 2015

      Creation of economic community forges new Asean era

      If there was an award for the most polite regional grouping in the world, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

    26. December 9, 2015

      The fiction of a unified, harmonised Asean

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    27. November 29, 2015

      Asean would be wise to beef up its powers

      The Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be an economic powerhouse. Asean’s population of 625m is set to grow...

    28. November 22, 2015

      Japan and China step up fight for Asean infrastructure contracts

      China and Japan are stepping up their battle for strategic infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia amid rising...

    29. November 17, 2015

      Aung San Suu Kyi’s victory sets democracy example to neighbours

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    30. November 11, 2015

      Latin America gets a taste for mobile money

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    31. November 4, 2015

      Plans for US-Asian statement scrapped over South China Sea spat

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    32. October 11, 2015

      Asian rivals for Ucits funds look a bit limp

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    33. September 27, 2015

      Pacific Alliance seeks leverage by joining bigger groupings

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    34. July 15, 2015

      Brewers ferment big plans in Southeast Asia

      Southeast Asia, with its young populations and growing middle classes, has become an important target market for...

    35. July 5, 2015

      Japan boosts aid to ‘Mekong five’ nations

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    36. June 28, 2015

      Bank Mandiri chief calls for financial consolidation in Indonesia

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    37. June 12, 2015

      Singapore urges closer Asean markets integration

      Stock markets in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand should develop linked up post-trade systems to speed integration of...

    38. June 12, 2015

      Southeast Asia’s economic surge lures Bangladeshis to sea

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