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FEATURE: China's economy rebounds with 6.9% growth in 2017

BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) - Analysts attribute the recovery to stronger global trade and supply-side reforms.

20 countries vow tougher sanctions on North Korea


SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Foreign ministers of 20 countries, including the United States, South Korea and Canada, on Tuesday expressed their support for ongoing inter-Korean talks, hoping that they will lead to steady eased tensions going forward.

Laos, Myanmar vow to cement ties, sign three cooperation deals

NAYPYITAW (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The governments of Laos and Myanmar agreed yesterday to enhance bilateral ties and cooperation during Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s official visit to the country.
Mr Thongloun and his delegation are visiting the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from January 15-16 at the invitation of President U Htin Kyaw, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

Myanmar plans purchase of Lao hydropower

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Myanmar is keen to buy electricity from Laos to power its development needs, a senior official in the field has confirmed. 

Office Head of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Dr Daovong Phonekeo, told Vientiane Times on Monday the two sides will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week, which will allow Myanmar authorities to initiate a feasibility study.

“Myanmar wants to purchase about 100-200 MW, but that will depend on the results of their feasibility study,” Dr Daovong said.

FEATURE: Harbouring great design ideas

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - Landscape design is beginning to come of age in HK, opening up vistas of a whole new range of experiences for the city’s people to try out.

South Asian handicraft festival kicks off

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - The highlight of the festival will be the launch of ‘Nepal Ko’—a new brand of exquisite handicrafts produced by Nepali artisans.

430 spend night in snowbound train

NIIGATA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) -Heavy snow continued to hit wide areas along the Sea of Japan coast and other parts of the nation — leaving a JR Shinetsu Line train with about 430 passengers stranded for about 15 hours from Thursday night to Friday morning in Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture.

Japan, France plan mine-spotting sonar

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japanese and French governments plan to launch joint research next fiscal year on a new undersea sonar system that utilisesi improvedtechnology for detecting mines on the seabed, according to sources.

Malaysia signs contract with US firm to continue MH370 search


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has officially engaged the services of US exploration firm Ocean Infinity to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

An agreement was signed between the Malaysian government and Ocean Infinity Limited at the Transport Ministry building on Wednesday, witnessed by minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic).

The agreement signed with Ocean Infinity is on a "no find, no fee" deal.

Yuan IPO in HK may raise cash for Belt, Road


The government is considering giving a green light to high-quality companies involved in the Belt and Road Initiative to raise funds through a yuan-denominated initial public offering in the Hong Kong stock market.

The move would strengthen the market's role as a key offshore yuan business hub, according to a former vice-minister with the nation's top economic regulator.