07 March, 2016
As appeared in Bloomberg

Senior Fellow of the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute Pauline Loong spoke on Bloomberg about the big gap in China’s policy blueprint for the next five years. She pointed out that notably missing from the outline of China’s Five Year Plan is any mention of strategies to deal with possible large-scale capital outflows once the currency barrier is dismantled, as envisioned in the push for renminbi globalization.


China to join US-led maritime drill in 2014

22 March, 2013
By Kentaro Nakajima | Source: ANN

First-ever invite seeks to build trust. The Chinese Navy will participate in the US-organised RIMPAC multinational maritime exercise off Hawaii for the first time in 2014, informed sources have said. The Rim of the

S’pore, HK e-shopping grows at fastest pace

22 March, 2013
By Esther Teo | Source: ANN

Singaporeans and Hong Kongers have the fastest-growing appetites for online shopping in the region, a survey has revealed. More than 90 per cent of respondents here said they had bought items on the Internet

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