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May 11, 2017

In the third batch of Free Trade Zones (FTZ) announced by vice minister of Commerce, Wang Shouwen seven more will be added to bring the number to thirteen. This time the provinces included are mainly located in the inland region.

The provinces selected are Liaoning, Zhejiang, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan and...

May 11, 2017

The best non-Islamic countries for Muslim visitors are Singapore, Thailand and the UK, followed by South Africa and Hong Kong, according to the newly released MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index 2017. The index defines non-Islamic countries as those which are not members of the Organisation of...

May 10, 2017

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) pleases both Thai and foreign tourists who are enchanted with the Thai tradition to prepare for backpacking all year round. Lately, more than 20 superb tourist activities are arranged throughout June and July in order to create a flow of Thailand festival experience by grouping...

May 06, 2017

When Hollywood studios have wanted to capture a big share of the Chinese market for their blockbusters, they have traditionally inserted scenes filmed in Shanghai or Hong Kong or used Chinese stars to play a leading role in the film.

May 06, 2017

Warning that despite a broadly positive economic outlook for 2017, Asia-Pacific economies are vulnerable to rising global uncertainty and trade protectionism, the United Nations social and economic development arm in the region has called for better governance and stronger fiscal management to sustain and improve...

Apr 22, 2017

In what has been labeled a cleanup of sidewalks for convenience and hygiene reasons, Thailand’s junta through the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration plans to eliminate the ubiquitous food stalls on the street of the Asian multi-million metropolis famous for its fabulous mix of tastes and odours out in the open.

Apr 22, 2017

Manila, 21 April 2017 – Habitat for Humanity’s youth-focused campaign “Habitat Young Leaders Build” exceeds its target to mobilize about three million supporters across Asia-Pacific to donate their time, effort, and voices to advance the cause of decent housing.

Following the April 22 culmination of Habitat’...

Apr 10, 2017

Vietnam seeks to deploy India’s model for a digital economy in order to boost its own information technology landscape. This will be done through a closer cooperation between the two countries which would result in Indian IT companies invest in Vietnam and provide advisory for the Vietnam IT sector and the...

Apr 04, 2017

Signs of Ford Lio Ho Motor Company’s former glory are immediately apparent upon entering its 35-hectare facility in the Taoyuan satellite city of Chungli. During its heyday in the late 1980s, the company was Taiwan’s automobile sales leader, and one out of every four cars on the country’s roads was a Ford.

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...