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  • There’s no such thing as a Southeast Asian ‘strongman’

    A few years ago, the professor of risk management Nassim Nicholas Taleb pondered the question of what’s the opposite of “fragile.” For many readers this may seem an easy answer – perhaps “strong” or “stable,” maybe “resilient.” Interestingly enough, Taleb opted for what was staring…
  • New cases cast a pall over China’s holiday travel

    Several Burmese who smuggled themselves across the Chinese border this month have pierced China’s defense against backflow of Covid-19 from abroad.  Almost 250,000 residents and many tourists in the resort city of Ruili, which straddles the border with Myanmar in the southwestern Yunnan province, have…
  • Tencent expands in SE Asia amid US, India tension

    Chinese tech giant Tencent said Tuesday it was opening a new Singapore office to serve as a Southeast Asia hub, as the firm reels from setbacks in the US and India. The firm is the latest Chinese tech leader to expand in the region of…
  • No new normal for Asia’s virally unwanted migrants

    The pandemic-induced economic crisis has hit Southeast Asia especially hard, with most regional economies expected to record negative growth and record recessions in 2020. But while analysts weigh which industries will be harder than others, often overlooked is the impact on the region’s migrants, the…
  • Virus refugees fleeing Myanmar for Thailand

    CHIANG MAI – Thailand’s security forces on the Myanmar border are on high alert to prevent an influx of a new breed of migrants which if some reports are accurate may turn into a flood: health refugees fleeing a surge of Covid-19 infections. Thai authorities…
  • US, China trade barbs and blows via ASEAN

    In a shot across China’s bow, Southeast Asian nations expressed their concern over disputes and militarization in the South China Sea by openly welcoming a greater role for the US in the maritime region. During a virtual summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations…
  • Southeast Asian banks need to reduce coal risks

    As the economic crisis linked to Covid-19 grips the world, banks, insurers and asset managers have even more reasons to exit from the riskiest investments in fossil fuels – starting with thermal-coal mining and coal power plants. The shift away from excessive reliance on coal…
  • China to boost cooperation with ASEAN amid pandemic

    The Covid-19 pandemic has become one of the most dreadful diseases after plague, smallpox, Ebola and SARS in the history of human civilization. It has so far infected 24 million people and killed 800,000 worldwide, while the numbers keep growing. The pandemic has hit Southeast…
  • The risk of overspending on Covid-19

    From the “too big to fail” mantra during the 2008 financial collapse, to the debate over capital controls in the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, every economic calamity is dogged by the question of how much state intervention should be applied to ease market pains. Today’s…