Opinion

Asean: Next 50 years

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Religious extremism is just one problem the grouping faces, but on balance, the future is bright

Myanmar's policy shifts towards major powers

Bangkok (The Nation/ANN) - Myanmar has made substantial shifts towards its relations with major powers comprising China, Russia and the United States. They are key regional players in Southeast Asia which will impact directly on peace and stability as well as economic development in Myanmar.

In the first half of this year, China has made impressive diplomatic inroads throughout Southeast Asia, taking advantage of the lack of policy clarity coming from the new US administration of President Donald Trump.

OPINION: Geopolitical rivalry in South Asia

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - Saarc countries are failing to devise a foreign policy to maintain a balanced relationship with the two Asian giants, India and China.

Turning challenges into opportunities for good ties

[China Daily/ANN)-In his meeting with his Myanmar counterpart on Monday, President Xi Jinping said China is willing to join hands with Myanmar to grasp the right direction of bilateral ties and lift their comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.

Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw's ongoing visit to China, which began on Thursday, has thus sent an unmistakable signal to the outside world that Beijing and Naypyidaw are dedicated to ensuring bilateral ties develop in a stable and healthy manner.

Bus fares rise as thousands of migrant workers return home

Myawady: Bus fares were ramped up to more than three times the usual cost, as tens of thousands of migrant workers returned home for the Thingyan holiday period on Sunday, sources said.

 Normally bus fares from Myawady to Yangon are between Ks10,000 and Ks15,000, but some bus lines raised their fares to between Ks18,000 and 20,000 for Thingyan period.

Some migrant workers returned home after being granted permission at the Friendship Bridge and some crossed Moei River using motor boats.

OPINION: Globalisation and Protectionism

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - India has started aspiring to become a global power, with a growing economy and possibilities of surpassing Japan to become the world’s third largest.

OPINION: Indonesia must lead for sake of its interests in South China Sea

SYDNEY (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesia has to define its interests in the South China Sea more broadly by leading the region in shaping Chinese behavior in the long-term.

OPINION: Building a new type of Sino-US relationship

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - China and the US agree that the Korean Peninsula should be free of nuclear weapons. But since the Democratic People's Republic of Korea continues to push the envelope and the US is proceeding with its goal of deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system in the Republic of Korea, Beijing and Washington have much to talk about to make "the new type of major-country relationship" a mutually fruitful policy.

FEATURE: English, a passport to success

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) – As English proficiency continues to be a ticket to opportunity for Chinese students, a national speaking contest provides a platform to excel.

In Asia, women can transform the face of hydropower

(Nation/ANN) In Asia, women are more likely to be found in occupations such as teaching and nursing than in planning, constructing and operating dams. This results in major losses to businesses and the economy.

A study prepared for the World Bank found that output per worker in East Asia and Pacific countries could be 7 to 18 per cent higher if female entrepreneurs and workers worked in the same sectors, types of jobs, and activities as men.