Boom times crowd Southeast Asian skies

Regional carriers are poised to purchase a slew of new planes while airport authorities grapple with an unprecedented surge in passenger demand By Alan Boyd Southeast Asia is expected to buy 10% of the world’s new jets over the next two decades, at a time when regional airports are already buckling under the strain of … Continue reading Boom times crowd Southeast Asian skies

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Can Asia-Pacific multi-lateral trade survive without the US?

By Giovanni Di Lieto The renewed attempt by Japan, Australia, and New Zealand to activate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the United States is poised to fail and bring down other mega trade deals in the Asia-Pacific region. As the so-called TPP-11 countries meet in Tokyo for the third time after the US withdrawal early … Continue reading Can Asia-Pacific multi-lateral trade survive without the US?

Vietnamese firm offers lessons in ‘competing with giants’

The family-owned Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group hopes to increase its revenue to US$3 billion by 2027 – and its focus is almost entirely on targeting consumers in an increasingly sophisticated domestic market By Kenny Hodgart   We’re sitting by the ocean, a wayward thump of a beach volleyball from one of Danang’s swankier resorts, … Continue reading Vietnamese firm offers lessons in ‘competing with giants’

Stock surge putting Asia’s frontier markets on the map

Investors are increasingly looking beyond the region’s heavyweights and placing their bets on lesser-known sectors, hoping to cash in on rising tides of economic growth and maturing demographics By Nick Westra   Investors in Asia are increasingly looking beyond the region’s heavyweights and placing their bets on lesser-known frontier markets, hoping to cash in on … Continue reading Stock surge putting Asia’s frontier markets on the map

Will Obor really reach Southeast Asia?

China has dangled various rich infrastructure initiatives to the region, but few so far have commenced due to tussles over costs, labour and sovereignty By Richard Javad Heydarian Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged at least US$113 billion in additional funds for his US$1.3 trillion One Belt, One Road (Obor) initiative, also known as the new … Continue reading Will Obor really reach Southeast Asia?