China’s economy: surviving, not quite thriving

20 February, 2019
By Pauline Loong | 20 February 2019 |

Originally published in TheEdge Malaysia, 18th – 24th February 2019 edition. The Chinese economy is not about to implode despite the alarming media headlines of late. Things are not that bad … but they

Mekong Monitor

14 February, 2019

Photo credit: Bangkok Post   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   LAOS, VIETNAM Laos-Vietnam trade cross US$1 billion mark in 2018 (13 February 2019) Trade between Laos and Vietnam reached US$1.28 billion in 2018, according

China-ASEAN Monitor

14 February, 2019

Photo Credit: Reuters   Economy, Investment and Trade   Thailand launches Huawei 5G test bed (8 February 2019) Huawei Technologies launched its first Southeast Asian 5G testbed in Thailand despite the United States’ ongoing

China-ASEAN Monitor

11 February, 2019

Photo Credit: Khaosod English   Economy, Investment and Trade   Construction of the China-Laos railway to carry on through the Spring Festival (3 February 2019) Construction on the US$6 billion China-Laos railway carried on

Mekong Monitor

31 January, 2019

Photo credit: Vietnam News   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   VIETNAM, THAILAND Vietnam and Thailand head toward $20 billion in trade by 2020 (26 January 2019) Vietnam and Thailand agreed to work towards reaching

China-ASEAN Monitor

30 January, 2019

Photo Credit: The Straits Times   Economy, Investment and Trade   Status of Malaysia’s ECRL project remain unclear despite announcment to cancel (27 January 2019) Malaysian economic affairs minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali announced

Malaysia: January Monetary Policy Committee – Prospects of OPR hike dim

29 January, 2019
By Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic and Lim Yee Ping, Economist, CIMB Research |

HIGHLIGHTS January Monetary Policy Committee: Prospects of OPR hike dim BNM kept OPR at 3.25% at the first MPC meeting of 2019, as widely expected. Private sector to do the heavy lifting in sustaining

Malaysia: December 2018 consumer price inflation

28 January, 2019
By Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic and Lim Yee Ping, Economist, CIMB Research |

HIGHLIGHTS December 2018 consumer price inflation Headline inflation was steady at 0.2% yoy in December, while 2018 inflation rose 0.8% yoy, the mildest since 2009. We lower our 2019F inflation forecast from 2.7% to

Mekong Monitor

24 January, 2019

Photo credit: Vietnam Plus   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   VIETNAM, THAILAND Hanoi wants to establish twinning ties with Bangkok (22 January 2019) Hanoi wishes to establish twining ties with Bangkok, said the Hanoi

China-ASEAN Monitor

23 January, 2019

Photo Credit: Reuters   Economy, Investment and Trade   China pledges more aid and investment to Cambodia (22 January 2019) China’s pledge of US$588 million in aid to Cambodia from 2019 to 2021 were