Bloomberg

China’s Dam-Building Is Harming the Mekong River

The Mekong is one of Asia’s most important rivers, supporting 60 million people in Southeast Asia. But for the second consecutive year, the lower Mekong basin has hit a record low water flow, affecting irrigation, rice production and fisheries, all vital to the region’s food security. The drought ...

Bloomberg News

Three-Decade Economic Boom Comes to a Sudden Halt in Vietnam

For the past three decades, Vietnam has known only good — or great — economic news. The nation’s consistent growth as an exporter, propelled by Communist leaders who began embracing market-oriented policies in the late 1980s, pushed many into the middle class. The coronavirus pandemic changed ...

John Boudreau and Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen

Thailand Makes Its Own Covid-19 Tests to Avoid Import Reliance

Thailand is ramping up domestic production of Covid-19 test kits to avoid a potential shortage, as it prepares for a possible second wave of infections after most businesses and services reopened. “Thailand has always received criticism for testing too few, and that was the case at ...

Collapse in Myanmar Seafood Exports Puts 1 Million Jobs At Risk

About 1 million people may lose their jobs in Myanmar’s fisheries industry, with almost all exports ceasing since February as the spread of Covid-19 prompted major buyers, led by China and the U.S., to halt orders. Processing plants wouldn’t have been able to deliver anyway, as ...

Khine Lin Kyaw

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Declares Emergency on Devastating Drought

Vietnam’s prolonged drought, coupled with an extensive buildup of salinity, have driven five provinces in the country’s rice bowl to declare a state of emergency. “This year’s drought and salinity have been way more devastating than what we saw four years ago,” said Nguyen Thien Phap, ...

Mai Ngoc Chau

Thailand Has a Developing Economy and a Big First World Problem

Getting old can be hard under any circumstances, and harder still when you’re poor. That’s the predicament for Thailand, the developing country first in line to face the consequences of a first-world-style baby bust. Data published last month by the United Nations show births in Thailand ...

Margo Towie, Jason Clenfield and Hannah Dormido

Vietnam Culls 1.7 Million Pigs as Virus Spreads to New Areas

Vietnam culled more than 1.7 million pigs as African swine fever spread across the country, with officials warning the disease may penetrate sizable commercial farms next. About 5% of the nation’s pig population has been culled as the number of infected provinces and cities increased to ...

Mai Ngoc Chau

Cambodia Faces Next Trade-Sanctions Move by the European Union

The European Union moved closer to imposing trade sanctions against Cambodia as a result of alleged human-rights violations in the country. The European Commission in Brussels has asked EU national governments to give the green light by Jan. 29 for suspending a policy that lets ...

A Chinese company reshaping the world leaves a troubled trail

CCCC, Belt and Road’s biggest builder, is besieged by allegations of fraud, corruption, and environmental damage. Keep reading ...

Hitachi Eyes Mekong Delta As Modernization Hits

Japanese conglomerate Hitachi is looking to Mekong Delta to boost infrastructure demand as modernization takes hold in Southeast Asia. Hitachi’s Asia and India chairman Kojin Nakakita sat down with Bloomberg’s Haslinda Amin on the sideline of Asean WEF Summit in Hanoi. Hitachi sees Southeast Asia ...

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