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Asean still toothless a year after Myanmar coup
China, Conflict, Singapore, World

Asean still toothless a year after Myanmar coup

Asean still toothless a year after Myanmar coup The first anniversary of Myanmar's military coup is approaching. Since Feb 1 last year, the country's socio-political landscape has changed dramatically. Brutal fighting has reached many parts of the country and the economy lies in tatters, while the UN warns that half the population may soon slip below the poverty line. A broad-based resistance movement has been formed, with the National Unity Government (NUG) and the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) as important players, while many of the country's Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAO's) and newly formed people's militias play substantial roles in various parts of the country. The illegitimate military regime, the State Administration Council (SAC), is detested by a vast majority of...
Executives envision 2022 outlook
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Executives envision 2022 outlook

Executives envision 2022 outlook While 2021 was full of unexpected challenges from the pandemic, the Bangkok Post has turned an eye towards what 2022 might have in store for Thailand's business sphere. Our team of business reporters spoke with influential industry leaders across the economy, including banking, aviation, telecommunications, agriculture, hospitality, energy, online retailing and property. Some of the highlights are the interview with the chief executive of Thailand's largest private company Charoen Pokphand, and a discussion with tech visionary Jirayut Srupsrisopa, whose fintech company became the first of its kind to reach "unicorn" status in Thailand. Read more about interesting business trends and outlooks that top executives in Thailand anticipate in the new year. S...
Slovenia’s move on Taiwan leaves China fuming, Slovenia, EU keep eye on Beijing?
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Slovenia’s move on Taiwan leaves China fuming, Slovenia, EU keep eye on Beijing?

The entire world is closely watching how two tiny members of the EuropeanUnion have shown courage to stand against China and its aggressive politicaland economic moves. First was Lithuania and it is Slovenia now. The CentralEuropean country has openly disclosed its plan to establish a representativeoffice in Taiwan. Lithuania and Slovenia are members of NATO and plan to setup their own representative offices in Taiwan, a close US ally. Their move hasleft China shocked and fuming.Ahead of winter Olympic games Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Jansadisclosed his plans to establish a representative office in Taiwan. TheSlovenian prime minister stated that he had visited Taiwan four or five times,and that Taiwanese should have the right to determine their future. Taiwan isa democratic country t
39 Chinese warplanes seen near ADIZ
China, Conflict, Singapore

39 Chinese warplanes seen near ADIZ

Hong Kong: China continues to enter in Taiwan’s air defence zone. Recently thirty-nine Chinese warplanes breached the air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday. "No doubt this is part of the broader campaign by Beijing aimed at eroding the will and ability of Taiwan to continue resisting," said Collin Koh, a research fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. While the Chinese incursions were likely a reaction to the large naval presence Tokyo and Washington were putting in the area, they also served another purpose, said Koh. The flights by the People's Liberation Army aircraft came a day after the United States and Japanese navies put on a massive show of force in the Philippine Sea. The Philippine Sea is the area of the Pacific Ocean eas
Omicron halts sports, entertainment: Covid world update
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Omicron halts sports, entertainment: Covid world update

Omicron halts sports, entertainment: Covid world update Australia has vowed to deport tennis world number one Novak Djokovic after he failed to provide evidence of double vaccination or a medical exemption. MELBOURNE: Australia vowed to deport tennis world number one Novak Djokovic on Thursday after he failed to meet stringent pandemic entry requirements, as Omicron's relentless march forced organisers to cancel the Grammys and Sundance Film Festival. The vaccine-sceptic Serb failed to provide evidence of double vaccination or a medical exemption when he landed to defend his Australian Open crown, prompting authorities to cancel his visa and hold him at the airport overnight. "Rules are rules and there are no special cases," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. Djokovic said he had rec...
Cambodia: Asean’s spoiler or saviour?
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Cambodia: Asean’s spoiler or saviour?

Cambodia: Asean's spoiler or saviour? This handout from the National Television of Cambodia (TVK) taken and released on Dec 7 shows Myanmar's Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, left, listening to Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. (Photo: AFP) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will be the Tatmadaw's first guest of honour in Nay Pyi Taw this weekend. Whatever the outcome of his two-day trip, it will have both intended and unintended consequences for the future of the Asean process, especially the five-point consensus (FPC). For nearly a year since the coup on Feb 1, Asean has assumed the role of peacemaker, going strictly by the book to ensure that the crisis in Myanmar would come to an end through the grouping's agency and good practices. After Brunei ha...
A last look back at Asia this year
Asia, China, World

A last look back at Asia this year

A last look back at Asia this year 2022 could not have come fast enough. For many in Thailand and no doubt the rest of the world, new hope based on increased vaccination rates against Covid-19 was overwhelmed by the spread of the Omicron variant at year-end. Thailand's travel and tourism sector continues to be particularly hard hit as entry and quarantine rules continue to change. In a last farewell to 2021 and our annual look back at Asia's winners and losers, we find even the good news was bad. WORST YEAR: AFGHAN WOMEN The chaotic US withdrawal in August brought to an end an era of advancements in Afghanistan, and hunger and misery are on the rise again in one of Asia's poorest nations. The US presence in Afghanistan -- the "graveyard of empires" -- was doomed in part by hubris and ...
Independent activist from Hong Kong released form prison after 6 years
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Independent activist from Hong Kong released form prison after 6 years

Hong Kong: Six years ago independent activist Edward Leung took part in violent demonstrations, for which he had to face four years of jail in a top security facility. Edward is noe released from the prison on Lantau Island.According to Wall Street Journal, now the 30-year-old Leung left prison before dawn today.On his Facebook page early today, Leung wrote that he has been released and that he would leave the limelight, stop using social media and decline all media interviews. He added that he was subject to a supervision order, a rule for inmates released early, The Wall Street Journal reported. “Separated for four years, I want to cherish this valuable time to be reunited with my family and return to a normal life with them,” he wrote before deleting his Facebook account. “Heartfelt
US on alert for supply chain disruptions caused by Omicron in China: Biden officials
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US on alert for supply chain disruptions caused by Omicron in China: Biden officials

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - The Biden administration is monitoring real-time data obtained from businesses operating in China to determine whether outbreaks of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus pose a risk to US supply chains, an administration official said. It is too early to tell whether there will be any impact on the American economy from the variant's spread in China or from aggressive efforts by officials there to stamp it out, the official said. The official asked not to be identified discussing the administration's efforts because the data is not public. President Joe Biden and his team have been accused by political opponents of being caught flat-footed both by pandemic-related supply chain disruptions that have driven inflation to four-decade highs and by the arrival of the...
FTI warns of ‘big wave’ risks
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FTI warns of ‘big wave’ risks

A nurse prepares a Covid-19 vaccine for use at Bang Sue Central Station which is currently serving as a venue for mass vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nutthawat Wicheanbut The Omicron Covid-19 variant will form part of a "big wave" posing a great challenge to industrial operators who need nothing but urgent adjustment to the rapid changes of the world, says the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI). Besides the highly contagious virus which caused many European countries to reinstate strict measures to curb disease transmission, digital disruption, climate change, an ageing society and conflicts between giant economies will continue to keep manufacturers anxious and busy in 2022 and following years, said Kriengkrai Thiennukul, vice-chairman of the FTI. "These factors are like a...