Nikkei Asian Review

Southeast Asia's strongest currency baht fights own success

Thailand is trying to coax the baht down from six-year high territory as the currency’s strength threatens local manufacturing and tourism.The central bank has cut interest rates and eased capital controls to rein in emerging Asia’s best-performing currency this year.Keep reading ...

Thailand eyes new stimulus to ease trade war shock

The Thai government is considering to work on “packages of economic activities” to stimulate its slowing economy, Thailand’s new finance minister, Uttama Savanayana, told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview in Tokyo on Wednesday.Keep reading ...

Thailand's CP plans $330m seaside hub linked to high-speed rail

Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group plans to build a huge commercial and residential complex in the beach city of Pattaya, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned, a project expected to boost profitability of a $7.3 billion high-speed rail line that the company has been chosen ...

Thailand's famed 'Rose of the North' is wilting

CHIANG MAI — This 700-year-old city nestled in a green valley of northern Thailand has long enjoyed a story-book reputation for its myriad Buddhist monasteries and charming wooden homes, the delicate manners of its citizens and a tranquillity hardly ruffled by its temple bells.Keep reading ...

Vietnam and Thailand lead drive to make Southeast Asia cashless

Governments across Southeast Asia are pushing ahead with efforts to create cashless economies, with less developed countries such as Vietnam and Thailand leapfrogging richer ones like Singapore and Malaysia in electronic payments.Keep reading ...

Southeast Asia's energy majors pivot sharply to green power

Southeast Asian energy companies, long dependent on fossil fuels, are rapidly turning to renewable energy to answer the mounting demand for electricity in the fast-developing region.In Indonesia, StarEnergy looks to capitalize on native geothermal resources, made possible by the more than 100 active volcanoes that ...

Thailand on track to develop into regional rail hub

Thailand is in the midst of an ambitious railway development drive aimed at weaning the country away from autos to more eco-friendly train transportation while transforming into a regional rail hub.The government will spend more than $25 billion to build a high-speed rail network, of ...


A low-key meeting in 1991 gave rise to the ASEAN Free Trade Area

To this day, when Thai schoolchildren learn by rote the main achievements of their past prime ministers, they are taught that Anand Panyarachun was responsible for the creation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Free Trade Area (AFTA). What this might mean to them ...

Dominic Faulder

Thai PM embraces social media ahead of election, including criticism

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is exploring the social networking universe in what is seen as a move to get a head start in the popularity stakes before a long-awaited general election that is supposed to take place next year.Keep reading ...

Japan and Mekong nations to push 150 Southeast Asia projects

The leaders of Japan and five Southeast Asian countries that share the Mekong River on Tuesday agreed to adopt a new policy that pushes forward more than 150 projects in the Mekong region using official development assistance from Japan.Keep reading ...

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