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  • Tweets, Phone Call Shake China's View of Trump Presidency

    Many in China initially welcomed the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, viewing it as a win for Beijing and believing that as a businessman his approach would be more straightforward than that of his contender. But a phone call and a few Tweets later, that view is starting... [full post]

  • 50th Anniversary Celebrated for Rice That Prevented Asia Famines

    Back in 1966, Nekkanti Subha Rao, a farmer in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh planted a semi-dwarf rice variety developed by the International Rice Research Institute on 1,000 hectares of land. Crossbred from a tall variety in Indonesia and a dwarf variety in China, IR8 was the world’s first high yielding rice and is... [full post]

  • Palm Oil Giant Accused Of Using Child Labor

    Palm oil's rapid growth has spawned huge plantations, especially in Southeast Asia. Amnesty International's Meghna Abraham says the burgeoning demand also is driving widespread labor abuses.

  • Cambodia, Vietnam to Ask France’s Help to Draw Up Border Map

    In late August a committee set up to discuss the issue decided to draft a letter to France asking the former colonial power to assist in resolving the dispute.

  • ADB Launches $40m Scheme to Promote Lending in Cambodia

    The program is intended to enhance the infrastructure of existing financial sectors to create new products and services that will bring in more people to the formal financial system.

  • Oil Becoming Code for Sovereignty in Contested South China Sea

    The search for oil and natural gas is seen as a driving factor in rival claims to the South China Sea, with many of the countries in the region currently reliant largely on fuel imports. Yet no one has struck a head-turning deposit of oil or gas in the 3.5-million-square-km (1.4-square-mile) sea, which stretches from... [full post]

  • On Myanmar-China Border, 'Rebel Radio' Extends Reach of Kachin

    Inside his small studio, Maram Bawk La adjusts a playlist of Kachin-language songs on his computer and checks the microphone to prepare for a broadcast of the Laiza FM radio station. The simple set up, with its bright red carpet, improvised soundproof walls and basic studio equipment, belies its impact. Connected to a powerful radio... [full post]

  • If Trump Kills TPP, China Gains, Experts Say

    President-elect Donald Trump said in a video message this week that he would pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement on his first day in office. During the campaign, Trump had called several trade deals "disasters" and said flawed agreements had cost millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [full post]

  • Trump's Decision to Abandon TPP Could Benefit China

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, abandons a massive trade deal that was a key plank of President Barack Obama's re-engagement with Asian nations. Trump says instead of one agreement that accounts for 40 percent of world trade, he plans to negotiate one-on-one trade deals that will... [full post]

  • Obama to Trump: US Leadership ‘Indispensable’

    U.S. President Barack Obama finished his final foreign tour in Peru the same way he began it in Europe, trying to reassure other world leaders who are anxious about a possible sharp shift in U.S. foreign policy under President-elect Donald Trump. Obama met with the leaders of the 21 Asia Pacific Economic Conference in Lima... [full post]

  • More Alarms Over Next Hydropower Dam in Laos

    The Laos government is pressing ahead with a new dam on the Lower Mekong River, leading scientists and activists to warn of growing threats to regional food security. Laos informed the four-nation inter-governmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) earlier this month that preparatory work was under way on the 912-megawatt Pak Beng Dam in the northern... [full post]

  • Philippine President Duterte Joins Cambodia in Asean’s Growing Pro-China Bloc

    Manila’s realignment would have negative consequences for US influence in the Asean region diplomatically and economically, analysts said.