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Trump orders on trade puzzles Asia

Bangkok (ANN News Desk) - US President Donald Trump's executive order on what he describes as trade "cheaters" has many countries in Asia scratching their heads and questioning US policy in the region. 

Trump signed an order late last week that he promises will stop "foreign importers that cheat." Under the executive order, countries with large trade imbalances with the United States will be closely scrutinized for a 90 day period while the administration holds talks with manufacturers, service providers, farmers and consumers to identify ongoing problems.

Cambodia, Myanmar: opportunities for VN firms

Viet Nam News HCM CITY -There is a huge opportunity for Vietnamese firms to invest in agriculture in their countries and export agricultural produce to other markets, Cambodian and Myanmarese officials have said.

Thailand in crosshairs of Trump’s trade policy

THAILAND will be among 16 countries to be targeted by the Donald Trump administration in its attempt to narrow the United States’ massive trade imbalances.

US President Trump has signed two executive orders directing his administration to review the country’s trade deficits and clamp down on countries that abuse trade rules. He said the new executive orders signed on Friday (yesterday Thailand time) would start a new chapter for American workers and businesses.

Students create website to help foreigners find houses

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Students at Meiji University have launched a website that offers assistance to foreigners looking for places to live in Nakano Ward, Tokyo.

Called “Living Together in Nakano,” the site lists real estate agencies where English is spoken and other such services. It was created by a group of about 10 people, including graduating seniors of the School of Global Japanese Studies, which is located on Meiji’s Nakano campus. 

Basket makers weaving way to success


VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Lao people have traditionally made household items from bamboo since ancient times, handing down their skills from generation to generation.

This has been practical because the items they make are cheap to produce and used in daily life.

Century-old forest at Botanic Gardens opens to public

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Learning Forest is the first space in Singapore where the public can experience two habitats in one venue.

A majestic 100-year-old Jurassic Park-like forest, complete with freshwater wetlands, was opened at the Botanic Gardens on Friday (March 31).

If you value your health, you wouldn’t mix energy drinks with alcohol


Mixing alcoholic beverages with highly caffeinated energy drinks could be increasing the risk of falls and injury according to researchers.

A team from the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) in Canada looked at 13 studies on the topic of alcohol and energy drinks published from 1981 to 2016.

From the 13 studies that fit the criteria, 10 showed evidence of a link between drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks (AmED) and an increased risk of injury compared to drinking alcohol only.

Contraceptive usage in Asian countries

NEW DELHI (DataLeads/ ANN) - A record number of women now use contraception in Asia. The latest figures from the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs show wide disparities in the use of contraceptives within Asia.