Asean News

Philippines to international community: Government in full control

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippine government assures the international community that it is in full control of the unrest in Marawi city in southern Philippines. 

Russia has no military interest in Southeast Asia, says envoy


MOSCOW (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Despite the Philippines’ pivot to Russia, Moscow has no intention of being a military power in Southeast Asia according to a Philippine envoy. 

China remains Asean’s largest trading partner

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The total trade volume of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) with China is projected to increase to US$1 trillion by 2020, the China Daily, one of the country’s major media outlets, reported recently.

Panasonic in fridge push

BANGKOK (The Nation/ ANN) - Panasonic has developed business facilities to support its growth in Asia, with Thailand as one of its strategic markets in the region. The company says it has set a mission to become one of the top three home-appliance brands in Thailand by 2020.

Takeshi Nomoto, managing director Panasonic AP Sales (Thailand) Co, said the firm’s marketing would emphasise the “Aspire to More” business initiative to position itself as a premium brand that offers both elegant minimalism design and options to fit each customer’s needs.

Far fewer Brits, more strife

BANGKOK (The Nation/ ANN) - Figures revealed by the British government show a huge drop in the number of visitors to Thailand in recent years but a massive rise in arrests here, especially for drugs. The conclusion is clear that the criticism of Brits behaving badly in Thailand is an increasingly observable fact.

Meanwhile, in percentage terms, far more British people are dying or being hospitalised in Thailand than just three or four years ago.

Ho Chi Minh City keen to develop dental tourism

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Due to skyrocketing costs of dental care in western countries, more and more overseas Vietnamese and foreign travellers get work on their teeth done while visiting Vietnam.

With a pool of highly-skilled practitioners, state-of-the-art facilities and affordable costs, HCM City is rapidly emerging as a dental care tourism destination.

Iskandar developer unfazed by influx of China firms

MALAYSIA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Malaysian developer UEM Sunrise was tasked with growing one of five flagship zones, Iskandar Puteri, and developed key projects like EduCity and Puteri Harbour.

The arrival in the Iskandar region of giant Chinese property players has prompted many Malaysian developers to rein in their ambitions but UEM Sunrise, one of Iskandar Malaysia's biggest land owners, welcomes the challenge.

More hydropower plants on horizon for Attapeu

ATTAPEU (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Attapeu province plans to develop a further 18 hydropower projects by 2025 in order to reduce their electricity dependency on outside sources, the Provincial Energy and Mines Department reported recently.

Attapeu has considerable potential for the construction of both small and large hydropower plants and many companies have already signed Memorandum of Understandings for the construction of these plants across the province.

International visitors top expenditure of regional tourists

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - International tourists have generated a bigger expenditure in the country over regional tourists, even though regional tourist arrivals were 92 percent higher last year.   

ASEAN auto demand predicted to grow in 2017

Viet Nam News/ANN - Việt Nam’s Auto Purchase Index (API) declined to 14.6 in the first quarter from 15.5 as consumers plan to delay purchases until 2018 when the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement eliminates tariffs on cars imported from the regional countries.

This information is part of the ASEAN Auto Purchase survey, which was announced recently by the Financial Times Confidential Research (FTCR) on