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ADB will act as transaction advisor for the Philippines’ first liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub project in Batangas.

ADB to Advise on Philippines’ First LNG Hub Project

MANILA, PHILIPPINES— The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement with the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) to act as transaction advisor for the Philippines’ first liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub project in Batangas. The transaction advisory services agreement was signed by Takeo Koike, Officer-in-Charge of ADB’s Office of…
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ADB President Takehiko Nakao (second from right) during the meeting with France’s Minister of State, attached to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Delphine Geny-Stephann (second from left) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multilateral Financial Affairs and Development of the French Treasury Cyril Rousseau (first from left).

Business Leaders to Strengthen Development Partnership for Asia

PARIS, FRANCE— Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao today met with France’s Minister of State, attached to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Delphine Geny-Stephann and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multilateral Financial Affairs and Development of the French Treasury Cyril Rousseau. They talked about collaboration between France and ADB…
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CAMBODIAN Prime Minister and President of Cambodian People’s Party, CPP, Hun Sen, center, his party Deputy Presidents, Say Chhum, right, and Sar Kheng arrive for their party’s congress in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. CPP on Friday began its 3-day congress in Phnom Penh. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Hun Sen Says Further Media Restrictions Needed to Stifle ‘Fake News’

Hun Sen said media outlets in Cambodia what he considers “fake news” had violated the law and thus were closed. Prime Minister Hun Sen this week called for tighter restrictions on media freedoms, describing independent reporting outlets as purveyors of “fake news” during a meeting with journalists. He also mocked…
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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) consented to receive in audience General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Gatot Nurmantyo at the Istana Nurul Iman. – AZROL AZMI

His Majesty receives in audience Indonesian General

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) consented to receive in audience General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Gatot Nurmantyo…
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National celebration to highlight strong family ties

BRUNEI is set to celebrate its National Family Day this year on May 6 – the first Sunday of May. The celebration, the seventh time it will be held, will carry the theme ‘Keluargaku Penyayang, Negara Gemilang’, or ‘Caring Family, Prosperous Nation’. With less than 100 days to the celebration,…
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Viet Nam, India target bettetrade ties

Viet Nam and India have agreed to boost their defence-security ties while economics and trade partnerships will be promoted toward a bilateral trade goal of US$15 billion by 2020. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind made the agreement during their meeting in New Delhi yesterday,…
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Is China’s PLA Navy Threatening The South China Sea — Or Defending It?

By Salvatore Babones, Professor, University of Sydney LAST Wednesday, January 17, China sailed its post-Soviet aircraft carrier (the Liaoning) through the Taiwan Strait -- and not for the first time. It did the same six months ago, and six months before that. In fact, China’s lone aircraft carrier seems to…
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New Cambodia-Vietnam Market to Serve as ‘Model’ for Growing Trade Ties

A Cambodian official said that if the market was a commercial success, other similar markets would be opened in other areas along the border. A new market will open on the Cambodia-Vietnam border over the next year, according to commerce ministry officials. The general goods market, launched during a groundbreaking…
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China’s Huge ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative Is Sweeping Central Asia

Having overbuilt in many domestic industries—such as coal, cement and even solar panels—the Chinese government is redirecting its capital abroad. The aim is to reduce excessive industrial capacity at home while increasing financial returns. U.S. policymakers ought to be watching this very closely. One of Beijing’s most ambitious foreign economic…
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Traffic is seen on a road in central Yangon. Photo: Romeo Gacad/AFP

Myanmar to regulate ride-hailing companies

The Myanmar government is looking at coming out with regulations to govern the technology-based ride-hailing app space, seeking to provide a level playing field to the operators, according to DealstreetAsia. The report quoted Nilar Kyaw, Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport & Communication saying at the regional Parliament earlier this month…
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