Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Southeast Asia

New Aussie govt looks to Southeast Asia as it deals with ‘difficult’ China relationship

Anthony Albanese and his new foreign minister, Malaysian-born Penny Wong, will face an early test of diplomacy as they fly to Tokyo for a meeting of leaders of the Quad grouping of the US, India and Japan on Tuesday.

With China in focus, Biden makes US$150 million commitment to Asean leaders

Still, the commitments pale in comparison to China's deep ties and influence.

Southeast Asian leaders face rights questions, flying shoe on Washington debut

The US is expected to 'focus on efforts to promote respect for human rights, the rule of law, and good governance', in addition to economic and strategic goals during the summit.

Southeast Asia’s tourism industry begins uneven recovery

International airline bookings to Southeast Asia reached 38% of pre-pandemic levels by late March, according to travel firm ForwardKeys.

Malaysia first for foreign investment in emerging Southeast Asia, index shows

Malaysia received the highest ranking in the region due to its strong performance across all categories measured.

Philippines to reopen to vaccinated tourists

Falling Covid-19 infections and rising vaccine coverage will allow the country to revive its battered tourism sector with the Dec 1 reopening, authorities say.

US to show Southeast Asia it cares in virtual meetings this week

In recent years top US officials have not always attended Asean meetings but Washington now wants to increase its diplomatic efforts in the region.

AstraZeneca searching for vaccines for virus-hit Southeast Asia

'A global supply crunch' for Covid-19 vaccines and a shortage of the materials required to make them makes it difficult to provide a specific timeframe, the drugmaker's representative in Thailand says.

Rampaging Delta variant leaves Southeast Asian nations with little economic policy room

Reopening at home, whenever it comes, will not be able to restore economic normality.

Why dengue fever numbers have plummeted in Southeast Asia this year

The cyclical nature of dengue fever means a more serious outbreak is expected within the next two or three years.

Thai-made AstraZeneca vaccines causing delays across Southeast Asia

Questions about Siam Bioscience meeting production targets are sensitive because King Maha Vajiralongkorn is its sole owner.

Malaysia’s trade performance a bright spot among regional economies

Exports surged 63% year-on-year and 0.6% month-on-month while imports rose 24.4% year-on-year and 5.4% month-on-month.

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