Category Archive: ASEAN

ASEAN 2015 – Doubts Over AEC.

Hopes that the ASEAN Economic Community will be ready to launch on time look increasingly ambitious. By Luke Hunt  –  April 07, 2014  -  The Diplomat. In a rare moment of honesty a Cambodian… Continue reading

“There is a huge gap between what the brands say and what the brands do.”

Brands ‘failing their workers’. Source:  The Phnom Penh Post  –   European mega-brands are not doing enough to ensure that the Cambodian workers who make their products receive a basic living wage. Tailored… Continue reading

Myanmar illegal timber exports worth $5.7 billion in 14 years.

Why don’t Myanmar log trade figures add up? Corruption! Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation – Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:37 PM Global imports of timber from Myanmar between 2000 and 2013 were three and… Continue reading

Cambodia Riel, Chinese Yuan Clearing.

Cambodia’s central bank allows China’s ICBC to start yuan clearing services. China’s largest bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), said that the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has approved the ICBC… Continue reading

Japan Heads For Cheaper Off-Shore Labor in SouthEast Asia.

Total Abenomics Fail Slams Japan Where It Hurts Most. By Wolf Richter  -  Testosterone Pit. Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, was formed by merger in 2012 and that instant became… Continue reading

ANZ to cut ties to Cambodia bank.

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, commonly called ANZ, wants to offload its majority holding of the Cambodian bank that this year was embroiled in a scandal involving the financing of a Cambodian sugar… Continue reading

Asian conflict partly due to US military bases.

My view is this: we wouldn’t have a conflict in Asia if not for the intervention by the U.S. The U.S. has a security pact with Japan and has military bases and naval… Continue reading

Traditional costumes Southeast Asian countries.

Below are the traditional dresses of the ten countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). See all costumes >>

Myanmar’s Northeast: China’s version of Crimea?

Reports are circulating that Chinese authorities proposed to the Myanmar government before the end of last year that Wa soldiers be assigned to the Kyaukphyu-Kunming oil pipeline project to take care of security. By Nay… Continue reading

Bangkok Shutdown – Thaksin’s Comments and Predictions.

Fugitive former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra makes political predictions from Beijing. Source:  The Nation, Bangkok. While in Beijing, ousted and fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra recently made a number of political predictions and comments worth… Continue reading