National & Features Syndicate content

Mar 30, 2017

For the past nine years, Taiwan’s machinery industry has tried to break the trillion- dollar mark in terms of annual output, but so far this challenge has proven insurmountable. This year might be different. Why?

Mar 26, 2017

Growing up, she dreamt of becoming a knight in shining armor defending the weak and downtrodden. As an adult, she worked to save mold maker Chaheng Precision Co. Ltd. from bankruptcy, transforming the conventional company into a Tier-1 supplier for the world’s leading aircraft makers.

In the decades-long...

Mar 25, 2017

In its aim to boost foreign property investment, the Thai government is currently studying the option of granting foreigners the right to buy houses through a 50-year leasehold contract for the land they are built upon, and also to sell leased land.

Mar 24, 2017

Feeling peckish? In Hong Kong, there’s an app for that.

Online food delivery platforms in Hong Kong are spicing up the F&B scene. Three major players – foodpanda, Deliveroo and the latest, UberEATS – have launched in Hong Kong in recent years, and are enjoying steady growth. The city’s density provides...

Mar 18, 2017

Filipinos are increasingly worried that a planned phase-out of older Jeepneys could disrupt public transport and bring excessive financial burdens for operators.

As per the proposal of the Philippine transport department in its urban traffic modernisation plan, Jeepneys older than 15 years should be taken...

Mar 10, 2017

Thailand is the world’s happiest country, and Venezuela is the most miserable – this is the result of Bloomberg’s newly released Misery Index which ranks 65 countries globally and was released on March 3.

Of course, “happiness” can have a lot of different indicators and definitions. Bloomberg’s methodology...

Mar 08, 2017

Phnom Penh, March 8, 2017 — This International Women’s Day, The Asia Foundation honors eight stories of female ingenuity and bravery that have been chosen as winners of the Let’s Read! children’s story competition in Cambodia titled Girls Can Do Anything. The Girls Can Do Anything competition was organized to...

Feb 25, 2017

Under a radiant sun in coastal Mituo District in the northern part of Kaohsiung, several small water birds stop at a pond to enjoy its clean water. Not unusual until one realizes that the pond is used to raise milkfish and Pacific white shrimp.

“That there are so many birds that come and drink the water...

Feb 21, 2017

Malaysia is set to welcome around one million health travelers in 2017, up from 860,000 last year, and generate respective revenue of $292 million, up 30 per cent compared with 2016, the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) says.

Indonesia remains the top revenue contributor, accounting for 70 per cent...

Feb 15, 2017

Feb 14, 2017 (China Knowledge) - Chinese men spend USD 310 average on gifts for Valentine's Day according to a report by MasterCard. The average figure of RMB 2,130 calculated shows Chinese men who purchased gifts for their loved ones rank these men first in Asia. Hong Kong men rank second with average spending of...

Feb 11, 2017

Singapore-headquartered ride-sharing startup Grab has plans to invest $700 million in Indonesia over the next four years as part of its expansion plans in the populous, but infrastructurally challenged country.

In what it calls its 2020 Master Plan, Grab wants to put millions into research and development,...

Feb 05, 2017

Without running water, students face hygiene challenges and education is disrupted

Romyla Macanas and Ella Maeh Lopez know how essential clean water is for good hygiene. The two teenagers are in the 10th grade at Tolosa National High School in Leyte province in the central region of the Philippines.

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Feb 04, 2017

Asia's elderly population is projected to reach nearly 923 million by the middle of this century. As a result, the region is on track in the next few decades to become one of the oldest in the world. Governments in Asia are generally poorly prepared for this vast change that will have wide social and economic...

Jan 26, 2017

Ulaanbaatar, January 24, 2017 — On January 19, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Mongolia Meloney C. Lindberg and J. Batbayasgalan, Ulaanbaatar’s Capital City Vice Governor for Green Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which defines the areas of collaboration between the two parties...

Jan 22, 2017

A Chinese construction consortium won a $2.7-billion contract to build a 133-story twin-tower commercial skyscraper in Phnom Penh which – at a height of 560 meters – would become the tallest twin tower in the world, surpassing the current record holder, Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers, by 108 meters.

Jan 21, 2017

Southeast Asian F&B brands see Hong Kong as a key market in their expansion plans.

Often dubbed the food capital of Asia, Hong Kong’s culinary scene is one of its biggest attractions, with a wide array of cuisines represented and budgets to suit every pocket. Keen to gain a foothold in this culinary...

Jan 15, 2017

Women scientists strengthen network in Lower Mekong

January 2017—My Bach, a biotechnology undergraduate student in Hanoi, is passionate about pursuing a career in science, but concerned about the low number of female colleagues in the field in Southeast Asia.

Jan 14, 2017

Despite low levels of Internet penetration, Indonesia is considered among the most potentially lucrative e-commerce markets in Southeast Asia.

By ASEAN standards, Indonesia has been a slow developer in terms of Internet penetration. Out of the country's 259 million-strong population, only 34 per cent are...

Jan 12, 2017

Laos’ first domestic smartphone brand will be introduced to shops and agencies in Vientiane and the country’s provinces this month after a local IT company began displaying the product at the its showroom last week.

Jan 03, 2017

A dynamic business environment, evolving regulations, and weak due diligence are some of the challenges facing new business entrants in China.