Philippine sea patrols to check on China naval exercises

22 March, 2013
By Tarra Quismundo | Source: ANN

Philippine naval security forces are set to conduct “sovereignty patrols” in the West Philippines Sea (South China Sea) to check on possible intrusions by Chinese vessels conducting naval exercises within the country’s maritime boundaries,

Monarchy debate broke the law, say Thai authorities

22 March, 2013
By Kwanhathai Malakan and Anapat Deechuay | Source: ANN

Episodes of the “Tob Jote Prathet Thai” programme on Thai PBS that focused on the monarchy included contents that constitute a criminal offence, Royal Thai Police spokesman Pol Maj-General Piya Uthayo said yesterday. An

Rise in Thailand mortgages poses threat, says research

22 March, 2013
By Sucheera Pinijparakarn | Source: ANN

Even though there are no signs of bubbles yet, the rise in outstanding mortgages to individuals as a proportion of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is likely a high risk to the country

Vietnam trade surplus reaches US$700m

22 March, 2013
By Viet Nam News | Source: ANN

Vietnam’s trade surplus so far this year reached US$700 million by March 15, according to statistics from the General Department of Customs. The country’s export value in the period hit $24.5 billion, up 23 per

Vietnam supports arms trade control

22 March, 2013
By Viet Nam News | Source: ANN

Vietnam shares the world’s concern about the illicit trade of conventional arms, said Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, Vietnam’s Permanent Representative to the UN, at the ongoing UN final conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Asia economy may improve: Bank Negara

22 March, 2013
By The Star | Source: ANN

Economic performance in Asia is likely to improve this year, driven by domestic demand and the gradual recovery of export demand, said Bank Negara deputy governor Dr Sukhdave Singh. Speaking in his address at

Philippine gov’t extends legal aid to 8 charged in Sabah

22 March, 2013
By Allan Nawal, Michael Lim Ubac | Source: ANN

Malacanang will extend consular and legal assistance to the eight men charged with terrorism in Sabah despite doubts expressed by the sultanate of Sulu over their citizenship. Malaysia, which insists the eight are Filipino

ADB warns Indonesia of over-reliance on banks

21 March, 2013
By Satria Sambijantoro | Source: ANN

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is warning Indonesia on its over-reliance on banks for financing, urging development of the local bond market to avoid liquidity mismatches in developing long-term infrastructure projects. “One of the

Vietnam exports to some Africa nations fall

20 March, 2013
By Viet Nam News | Source: ANN

Vietnam’s exports to some large African countries plunged in February, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said. Exports to Senegal plummeted 75 per cent against the same month last year to hit US$4.38 million.

Launch of Lifting-The-Barriers Reports

19 March, 2013

The ASEAN Business Club (ABC) launched the Lifting-The-Barriers (LTB) Reports on the 29th November 2013. This concludes the final phase of the LTB Initiative for the calendar year 2013. The six reports outlined the