Chinese ‘taking over’ Malaysia in 20 years, politician warns

‘What is there to prevent China from owning all of our strategic assets like airports, ports and railways?’ asks Zaid Ibrahim By Johan Nylander, @johannylander   China has overtaken Singapore as the largest investor in Malaysia, while thousands of mainland Chinese are taking advantage of the Southeast Asian nation’s generous long-stay visa for wealthy foreigners. Now, … Continue reading Chinese ‘taking over’ Malaysia in 20 years, politician warns

Philippines – ‘Dutertenomics’ envisions a golden age

Manila has announced ambitious new infrastructure spending plans, an unprecedented US$173 billion fiscal push to catapult competitiveness and growth   By Joel Adriano The Philippines has announced ambitious new infrastructure spending plans, an unprecedented fiscal push President Rodrigo Duterte’s champions are referring to as “Dutertenomics.” The plan, described by socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia as … Continue reading Philippines – ‘Dutertenomics’ envisions a golden age

Mining News – Indonesia

Indonesia and the US miner have made progress in behind-the-scenes negotiations to end an impasse over the future of the world’s most profitable mine By John McBeth After painting themselves into a corner, the Indonesian government and American mining giant Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold are finally taking tentative steps in quiet negotiations to end … Continue reading Mining News – Indonesia

Energy News – Cambodia – Ground broken for oil refinery

After years of delays and setbacks, the Cambodian firm set to operate the Kingdom’s landmark oil refinery finally broke ground yesterday on a $1.62 billion project with an updated completion date set for the middle of 2019. The oil refinery, which will be built on 365 hectares across Kampot and Sihanoukville provinces, was first expected … Continue reading Energy News – Cambodia – Ground broken for oil refinery

Breaking bread with Soann Kann, Siem Reap’s self-made hospitality hero

By: Claire Knox Over a feast of classical Cambodian countryside dishes in his tropical villa, Cambodian entrepreneur Soann Kann discusses taking risks, the value of professional experience and why he ditched his family-oriented business model From a swirl of rich, emerald green brushstrokes, an enormous kingfisher rises, its golden wings stretched out wide and its … Continue reading Breaking bread with Soann Kann, Siem Reap’s self-made hospitality hero