No substantial progress achieved at RCEP meeting in Bangkok

Business Sep 9, 2019

No substantial progress achieved at RCEP meeting in Bangkok

Ministers from 16 countries negotiating an Asian free trade pact failed to make significant progress Sunday at a meeting in the Thai capital, according to Japan's representatives. Speaking to reporters after the single day of talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Minister of Economy, ...

Asian countries turning back wealthy world's waste

Asia Pacific Jul 31, 2019

Asian countries turning back wealthy world's waste

Several Southeast Asian countries, sick of being the wealthy world's rubbish dump, have in recent weeks turned back container-loads of waste from foreign shores. It comes after China last year stopped accepting the world's used plastic, having previously been the biggest market for recyclables. After Indonesia ...

China no match for Japan in Southeast Asia infrastructure race

Business Jun 23, 2019

China no match for Japan in Southeast Asia infrastructure race

Japan is still winning the Southeast Asia infrastructure race against China, with pending projects worth almost one and a half times its rival, according to the latest data from Fitch Solutions. Japanese-backed projects in the region's six biggest economies — Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand ...

Business / Tech Jun 21, 2019

Southeast Asia looks to Taiwan as recycling pioneer

Once dubbed "garbage island" for its overflowing landfills and filthy streets, Taiwan now has Asia's highest rate of recycling and is a role model for the region, analysts said on Thursday. With untreated waste causing marine pollution and clogged drains triggering fatal floods from Bangkok ...