Asian Correspondent

Burma, Hungary see migration as ‘greatest challenge’

Burma’s (Myanmar) civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban both view migration as “one of the greatest challenges” currently facing their countries and Europe and South East Asia in general, the government in Budapest said on Wednesday. In a rare trip ...

Environmental damage continues months after Laos dam collapse

IN July, a hydroelectric dam collapse in Laos released five billion cubic meters of water into surrounding countryside – the equivalent of two million Olympic swimming pools. The resulting flood killed dozens, devastated communities, forced thousands to flee and ripped through areas of protected rainforest. The ...

Cambodia mulls tougher laws on illegal timber logging

Cambodia loses thousands of cubic meters of timber through illegal activities and now the government is looking to amend its laws to better protect the prized natural resource. Last week, the country’s Minister of Interior held a meeting with counterparts from the environment and agriculture ...

Laos pushes ahead with Mekong dams despite environmental risks

As part of an ambitious bid to boost its hydropower output and become the ‘battery’ of Southeast Asia, the landlocked communist state of Laos now has three dam projects underway along the vast stretches of the Mekong river that wind through its rugged mountainous landscape.Keep ...

Michael Hart

An economic success story: How Vietnam became Southeast Asia’s top performer

Vietnam’s remarkable economic progress looks set to continue in the coming years, despite a regional slowdown which has affected other states in Southeast Asia. Its increasingly diversified and resilient economy has grown at a healthy rate – of above 6 percent – in each of the last ...

The rise of anti-globalisation and its impact in Asia

The world appears to be experiencing a globalisation backlash with an assault coming from both economic and societal fronts. In this changing world, the two defining characteristics of globalisation – increased global trade and greater economic participation in trade – now look poised for an ...

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