Southeast Asia's plastic 'addiction' blights world's oceans

Southeast Asia's plastic 'addiction' blights world's oceans

BANGKOK (Reuters) – On her lunch break, Bangkok office worker Chinapa Payakha emerges from a 7-Eleven store with two plastic bags. FILE PHOTO: Fishing boats are seen on a beach covered with plastic waste in Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Nguyen Huy Kham/File Photo One holds a Big Gulp soft drink. The other […]

Where can readers learn more about opportunities in Asia?

Where can readers learn more about opportunities in Asia?

The National Library’s new Eye on Asia resource centre brings the region closer to readers here, encouraging them to discover opportunities abroad. Comprising both a dedicatedonline portal and a physical space on Level 7 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, Eye on Asia features books and digital resources about living and working overseas. The […]

Climate disaster looms for SE Asia

Climate disaster looms for SE Asia

International experts have urged governments in Southeast Asia to prioritise creating climate change resilience for their citizens, as the region faces more destructive natural disasters due to global warming. The disaster has displaced millions of people from their homes and left them in poverty and insecurity. They said “climate refugee” was an emerging, serious crisis […]

Mattis Says US Remains Committed to Allies in Asia

Mattis Says US Remains Committed to Allies in Asia

June 1, 2018 10:26 p.m. ET SINGAPORE—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought Saturday to reassure allies in the Asia Pacific of America’s commitment to the region, amid concerns about U.S. reliability after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on its top trading partners. Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a regional security conference here, Mr. Mattis said the […]

SE Asia said to be losing maritime 'arms race'

SE Asia said to be losing maritime 'arms race'

Ben Bland in Singapore June 1, 2018 Print this page South-east Asian nations are locked in a losing “arms race” with Beijing in the South China Sea and must seek compromises or risk a conflict they cannot win, according to Philippines defence minister Delfin Lorenzana. “They can come and go in our West Philippine Sea […]

Asia Minute: India and Indonesia's Developing Strategic Partnership

Asia Minute: India and Indonesia's Developing Strategic Partnership

As you’ve been hearing on NPR, there’s a lot of attention swirling around a potential summit meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But another top-level meeting in Asia this week may also have significant strategic importance. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. India and Indonesia appear to be […]

Asia Stocks to Rise; Bonds Fall as Italy Woes Fade: Markets Wrap

Asia Stocks to Rise; Bonds Fall as Italy Woes Fade: Markets Wrap

Asian stocks rebounded at the open on Thursday after U.S. shares rallied with Treasury yields as investors saw the market reaction to Italy’s political turmoil as overdone. The dollar held losses and oil stabilized following gains. Shares rose in Japan, Australia and South Korea, and futures signaled gains in Hong Kong. The S&P 500 Index […]

Tokyo Girls Collection attracts partners — and fans — in Asia

Tokyo Girls Collection attracts partners — and fans — in Asia

TOKYO — Since its launch 13 years ago, Tokyo Girls Collection has become one of Japan’s biggest fashion events with its ability to draw tens of thousands of visitors to its shows. TGC, as the event is known, has established itself by presenting affordable clothing for the general public, unlike luxury brands’ runway collections, which […]

US record oil exports bite into Russia, OPEC market share in Asia

US record oil exports bite into Russia, OPEC market share in Asia

In Asia, China — led by Sinopec, the region’s largest refiner — is the biggest lifter of U.S. crude. The company, after cutting Saudi imports, has bought a record 16 million barrels (533,000 bpd) of U.S. crude, to load in June, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. India and South Korea are the […]

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