Asean News

ASEAN auto demand predicted to grow in 2017

Viet Nam News/ANN - Việt Nam’s Auto Purchase Index (API) declined to 14.6 in the first quarter from 15.5 as consumers plan to delay purchases until 2018 when the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement eliminates tariffs on cars imported from the regional countries.

This information is part of the ASEAN Auto Purchase survey, which was announced recently by the Financial Times Confidential Research (FTCR) on

Three years after the coup: Human rights ‘greatly eroded’

The Nation/ANN - Govt opponents silenced as freedom of expression, particularly on internet, hit

Land disputes cloud fast-developing Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar

The Straits Times/ANN - In countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, tens of thousands face eviction with few tools to fight back

Residents of a village in Hanoi's outskirts took 38 officials and policemen hostage recently in protest against what they claimed was the illegal seizure of their land by a telecommunications firm owned by the military.

Shrimp export: Ca Mau seeks to earn US$2b

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - The province plans to encourage farmers to apply mordern and enviornmentally-friendly farming technologies in raising shrimps and enhancing links with firms to increase value 

Duterte: To Russia with love

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte’s official visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg from May 23 to 26 comes after the Philippines and Russia agreed to revive a Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation in January.

Duterte: China threatened war

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte said that China threatened to go to war when he tried to press the Philippines’ ownership of a portion of the South Vhina Sea. 

Capital crunch plagues MSMEs

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Dr Haji Kamaruddin also said that this body should comprise those from the financial institutions as well as those from the business community with business experience. 

VN, Myanmar urged to co-operate for development

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam and Myanmar should step up co-operation in fields of their strengths for mutual development, said President Trần Đại Quang.

He greeted visiting Speaker of Myanmar’s Parliament and House of Nationalities Mahn Win Khaing Than in Hà Nội yesterday.

Việt Nam values friendship and co-operation with Myanmar, he stressed, noting that thriving diplomatic ties and productive economic relations allow the countries to expand their partnership.

Thailand ranked among top ‘up-and-coming economies’

(The Nation/ANN)

Thailand ranked sixth among the world’s nine “best up-and-coming economies” in a survey conducted by US New & World Report, a publication known for its annual rating of US universities.

FEATURE: Local fashion brand strives to redefine Indonesian style

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Established by three friends, local outfit brand Soze is now a must-have for young people.

An olive military jacket has turned heads because of its clean lines and bold, contrasting shades.

Designed by Indonesian fashion startup Soze as part of Blossom of Consciousness (BOC), its latest fashion line, the BOC Improvised Jacket’s clean lines and contrasting shades are as much about contrast as form and function.