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  1. beyondbrics

    April 17, 2014

    Guest post: China's investment to shape Asean's destiny

    By Gavin Bowring, Asean Confidential China’s two-way trade with the 10 nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

  2. March 30, 2014

    Political risks are Baring down on Asean frontiers

    Baring Asset Management’s Soo Hai Lim is facing up to looming political risks within his Asean Frontiers fund. The $515m...

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  1. beyondbrics

    March 23, 2014

    The week ahead, March 24-28

    It’s international conference season with meetings on Asian investment, Asean economies, African oil refining, small states...

  2. beyondbrics

    March 5, 2014

    Asean overtakes China in FDI

    Southeast Asian markets have been a far better bet than China in the past few years for portfolio investors. Now the region...

  3. March 4, 2014

    High-end hoodies unmask reality of Asean’s ‘promise’

    If you are a garment manufacturer and want to sell your upmarket hooded sweatshirt in Indonesia, you are probably on to a...

  4. beyondbrics

    February 26, 2014

    SE Asia: Costa Coffee's next big hope

    Brewed coffee may not be an obvious market in southeast Asia, a region with a strong tea-drinking culture thanks to the...

  5. February 18, 2014

    Fidessa boosts Singapore presence

    Fidessa, the UK trading technology company, has added a third collocation centre in Asia with an agreement to set up its...

  6. February 17, 2014

    John Kerry warns on threat to Asian stability

    John Kerry, US secretary of state, warned on Monday that the future stability of the Asia-Pacific region will depend on...

  7. January 28, 2014

    Local banks lend a hand to Asia’s ‘mid-corporate’ trailblazers

    In an unabashedly seasonal marketing pitch Osim, a Singapore-based maker of electronic massage chairs, is luring weary...

  8. January 20, 2014

    Australia’s Asian tilt is a mere wish list

    Tectonic forces are edging Australia towards Asia, and so is the economy, according to a 2012 government paper called...

  9. beyondbrics

    January 12, 2014

    The week ahead: Jan 12-17

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Bangkok rally, China’s Q4 GDP, Egypt referendum on the new constitution and several...

  10. January 8, 2014

    Thailand: Collision course

    Nitithorn Lamlua stalks his Bangkok base camp just over the fence from the offices of the prime minister he loathes, his...

  11. January 5, 2014

    Fraser & Neave eyes expansion into China property market

    The property arm of Fraser & Neave, the Singapore conglomerate, has outlined plans to expand in China, Thailand and...

  12. beyondbrics

    December 30, 2013

    Hello 2014: Asia in 2014? Watch Japan

    The 7th in our series of guest posts on the outlook for 2014 is by Frederic Neumann of HSBC Investors in emerging Asia may...

  13. December 15, 2013

    Marubeni sets sights on Asean

    In his 38-year career with Marubeni, one of Japan’s largest conglomerates, Michihiko Ota had only one stint outside Asia,...

  14. December 15, 2013

    China attacks Abe air defence zone ‘slander’ at Asean

    The Chinese foreign ministry has lashed out at Shinzo Abe, Japanese prime minister, for “malicious slander” over China’s...

  15. December 13, 2013

    Tiger economies bounce back

    Thailand is in the grip of another bout of civil unrest. The Philippines is still recovering from a devastating typhoon....

  16. December 13, 2013

    Japan extends swap deals to boost Asean business

    Japan has agreed to boost bilateral currency swaps with three southeast Asian nations amid an effort to shore up regional...

  17. December 10, 2013

    Thailand seeks to build strong regional role

    Protests and violence in Bangkok are squeezing an already shaky Thai economy – but a quieter revolution aimed at turning the...

  18. beyondbrics

    December 8, 2013

    The week ahead: Dec 9-13

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks continue. Chile holds the second round of its...

  19. December 8, 2013

    World diary: December 9 - December 15

    • Companies week ahead • Economic Outlook: Expectations rise of US taper buying decision • See a full guide to the week’s...

  20. December 6, 2013

    Asia’s secret millionaires

    Banks in southeast Asia are limbering up for a protracted tussle with their Swiss and US rivals for a slice of the growing...

  21. December 2, 2013

    Lessons from Asia’s reversal of fortunes

    The short flight from Bangkok to Yangon on Sunday took the usual 55 minutes and transported passengers from Thailand’s...

  22. December 2, 2013

    World faces up to the era of regional agreements

    When Bob Zoellick stood before an audience at Baylor University in Texas in October to contemplate the legacy and future of...

  23. November 26, 2013

    China’s new port reflects southeast Asia drive

    On the modern highway that runs from Nanning, the capital of the southern province of Guangxi, down to Qinzhou port,...

  24. November 17, 2013

    Asia incubates a regional fund dragon

    Asian financial regulators have typically had two main objectives when considering the oversight of their mutual fund...

  25. November 13, 2013

    GM to shift overseas operations from Shanghai to Singapore

    General Motors will shift the bulk of its non-Chinese international operations from Shanghai to Singapore in 2014, marking a...

  26. beyondbrics

    November 8, 2013

    3 reasons why China's exports are better than they seem

    China’s exports hit a positive note just ahead of the big party meeting, aka the plenum. As the FT reported, the 5.6 per...

  27. November 6, 2013

    How valuable is international work experience?

    As companies grow they spread across the globe, creating international career opportunities – and these are expected to...

  28. beyondbrics

    November 5, 2013

    Guest post: Korean companies must look to Asean

    By Kim Kyung-Hoon of SERI Global investors who have shifted to “safer” Korea from southeast Asia should not assume they are...

  29. October 24, 2013

    Philippines retracts China claims over contested reef

    The Philippines has retracted claims that China was preparing to start construction on a contested reef in the South China...

  30. October 15, 2013

    Obama’s absence boosts China trade deal

    With President Barack Obama stuck in Washington last week Li Keqiang, China’s premier, used his absence to urge leaders at...

  31. October 15, 2013

    Myanmar bombings spark reform fears

    A mysterious spate of bombings across Myanmar has sparked fears of a campaign to disrupt the country’s internal reforms,...

  32. beyondbrics

    October 6, 2013

    Week ahead: Oct 7-13

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Obama misses out on two high-profile Asia summits, Yum and Cargill report earnings, the...

  33. beyondbrics

    October 3, 2013

    Asean funds: have passport, could travel?

    Asian fund passport plans, to borrow the old cliché, are like London buses: you wait ages for one and then three come at...

  34. beyondbrics

    September 25, 2013

    EM Asia luring hedge funds back to Singapore shophouses?

    Singapore’s Club Street is one of its liveliest spots for the bar-hopping crowd and is a good indicator of the economic...

  35. beyondbrics

    September 12, 2013

    China: Qinzhou Port looks to wine to lubricate trade

    Wine night in Nanning When Luca Famiglietti, a 45-year-old Italian wine supplier, first came to China in 1995, he never...

  36. September 10, 2013

    India, Philippines, Australia, China

    Asian emerging markets won some respite from the recent turmoil as weaker currencies buoyed exports and stronger data from...

  37. beyondbrics

    September 10, 2013

    Further reading: big bets

    Tuesday’s treats from the BB team: real politics returns to Russia; never bet against the Fed; and Go-go investing. Plus:...

  38. September 9, 2013

    Beijing woos southeast Asian traders in bid to boost poor provinces

    Sufi is a brave man – he has come to Guangxi to sell tea to the Chinese. Dressed in a traditional Malaysian tunic, Sufi –...

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