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Business leaders across Asia like Beijing’s Belt and Road vision. But China’s rising influence is giving some the jitters

SCMP Asian News - 58 min 56 sec ago
Business leaders across Asia recently surveyed by two professional services firms believe China’s growth and infrastructure investments through its “Belt and Road Initiative” mean its dominance in the region will only expand – despite earlier expectations that India would become more influential.But the executives still have concerns about the reach of Chinese companies within their domestic economies and would be less amenable to Chinese investors acquiring local firms in specific sectors,…
Categories: Asian News

In Indonesia, the genie of hardline Islamism has been let out of the bottle. Can Joko Widodo put it back in?

SCMP Asian News - 1 hour 15 min ago
Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation, conducted a complex national election with commendable efficiency on April 17 and while the official results will only be announced by May 22, the unofficial but usually accurate quick counts indicate President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term.The scale of the election and the fact that it was successfully completed in a single day rank as extraordinary achievements. More than 150 million Indonesian citizens – 80 per cent of the voter…
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Kelantan newly-wed royals make first public appearance at coffee shop

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 17 min ago
April 24, 2019 8:58 AM

KOTA BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Kelantan Crown Prince Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra and his new wife Sofie Louise Johansson made their first public appearance together by having breakfast in town, reported Utusan Malaysia.
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Philippines' Duterte in war of words over Canada garbage row

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 11 min ago
April 24, 2019 8:04 AM

PORAC, Philippines (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (April 23) demanded Canada take back tonnes of trash it had illegally shipped to Manila or risk "war", in the latest incident to strain bilateral ties.
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Easter massacre opens door for strongman to return in Sri Lanka

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 20 min ago
April 24, 2019 7:55 AM

COLOMBO (BLOOMBERG) - On a sunny day in Colombo some 18 months ago, more than 500 members of Sri Lanka's political and business elite gathered along the Indian Ocean coastline to celebrate the opening of the Shangri-La Hotel.
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Why is a 2,500-year-old epic dominating polls in modern India?

BBC Asia News - 2 hours 26 min ago
The Ramayana, a 2,500-year-old mythological epic has been brought to the fore of the world's largest election
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The Chearavanonts, Thailand’s richest family, are getting richer helping China

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Chia Ek Chor fled his typhoon-ravaged village in southern China and started a new life in Thailand selling vegetable seeds with his brother in 1921. Almost a century later, with the largest family fortune in the country, his descendants are becoming Chinese President Xi Jinping’s key economic allies.Chia’s son Dhanin Chearavanont is senior chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group Co., a vast conglomerate that is the world’s biggest producer of animal feed, shrimp as well as a top telecom firm in…
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US has no prior warning on Sri Lankan bombings

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 32 min ago
April 24, 2019 7:43 AM

COLOMBO (WASHINGTON POST) - As early as 2017, the United States had warned Sri Lankan officials that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was recruiting across Southeast Asia, and that Sri Lanka could become a "hub" for the group's activities, said a Sri Lankan official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly.
Categories: Asian News

New Zealand yet to see link between Sri Lanka, Christchurch massacres

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 50 min ago
April 24, 2019 7:25 AM

WELLINGTON (DPA) - New Zealand has not seen any intelligence linking the deadly Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka with the mass shooting by a white supremacist in Christchurch last month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office said on Wednesday (April 24).
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South Korea's 'yoghurt ladies' delivering friendship

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 4 min ago
Thousands of motorised fridges are driven around South Korea, providing yoghurt and companionship for isolated people.
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New Zealand, France plan bid to tackle online extremism

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 12 min ago
April 24, 2019 7:03 AM

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - In the wake of the Christchurch attack, New Zealand said on Wednesday (April 24) that it would work with France to bring together countries and tech companies in an effort to stop social media from being used to promote terrorism and violent extremism.
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Thai anti-junta party leader faces possible disqualification

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 16 min ago
April 24, 2019 6:59 AM

BANGKOK (AFP) - The billionaire leader of an upstart anti-junta party which scooped up millions of votes in Thailand's disputed election last month faced fresh legal woes on Tuesday (April 23) after authorities accused him of illegally holding shares while running for office.
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Kim Jong-un heads to Russia for Vladimir Putin summit

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 22 min ago
Mr Kim is to have his first-ever meeting with President Putin near the Russian city of Vladivostok.
Categories: Asian News

Shanghai aims to be science and tech hub

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 15 min ago
April 24, 2019 5:00 AM

BEIJING • Shanghai is looking to be the primary global destination for science and technology efforts, after burnishing its credentials as a hub for finance and shipping.
Categories: Asian News

Women's temple ban key burning issue in Kerala flashpoint vote

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 15 min ago
April 24, 2019 5:00 AM

PATHANAMTHITTA (India) • Voters in a flashpoint constituency in southern India went to the polls yesterday after a campaign dominated by the fallout from the controversial decision to allow women to enter a Hindu temple.
Categories: Asian News

Death struck when girl, 11, was waiting in line for communion

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 15 min ago
April 24, 2019 5:00 AM

COLOMBO • The little room, like much of Sri Lanka, could hold no more grief.
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Indonesians in Singapore give Jokowi 87% of their votes

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 15 min ago
April 24, 2019 5:00 AM

Indonesians staying in Singapore overwhelmingly endorsed President Joko Widodo for a second term in office, giving him more than 87 per cent of their votes in last week's presidential election.
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Kim woos Putin as N. Korean labourers toil in Russia

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 15 min ago
April 24, 2019 5:00 AM

SEOUL • While North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is wined and dined by President Vladimir Putin in Russia this week, around 10,000 of his citizens will be labouring around the country to earn money for his government.
Categories: Asian News

Singapore well placed to contribute to Belt and Road: PM Lee

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 15 min ago
April 24, 2019 5:00 AM

Ties between Singapore and China have grown tremendously since they were established in 1990, and there is great potential for them to develop further, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
Categories: Asian News

Impact of oil price surge on regional economies manageable

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 15 min ago
April 24, 2019 5:00 AM

Oil prices surged to six-month highs yesterday after the United States ended its waiver for all buyers of Iranian crude, but analysts said the impact on regional economies will be "manageable".
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