Hong Kong Chief Executive Lam Not Thrilled by Gay Games

Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive Carrie Lam is usually full of sweet-sounding words and photo op smiles. But her composure was rattled and her inner prejudices revealed at an informal briefing given to diplomats...

US President’s Asia Trip: More Appearance than Substance

Is there any Asian government looking forward to President Trump’s visit to Asia? With friends (if any) and foes alike baffled and worried about his next tweet or outburst, his friends seem to be a trifecta of ...

Thailand Investor Darling, Group Lease Takes Another Hit

Anonymous Equity, the mysterious gadfly organization that a fortnight ago released a devastating report on the troubled Thailand-based hire purchase lender Group Lease, has issued a new report saying it expects...

New Nails in Hong Kong’s Coffin

It was Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s big day, her first annual policy address and one to lay out her agenda for her whole five-year term. But it just happened to coincide with the denial of entry...

Thai Economy a Study in Contradiction

The Thai economy presents a paradox. On the one hand it can boast about the best-underpinned currency in Asia, with a huge current account surplus and reserves. On the other, domestic demand continues to splutt...

Singapore’s Birth Rate Continues to Decline

The Asian Development Bank, via its latest Asian Development Outlook, is urging the Singapore government to spend more to spur domestic demand and rein in its current account surplus. But the latest population ...

Filipino Police Seek Drug Informants via ‘Drop Boxes’

Want to get rid of your mother-in-law, or a creditor, or just an unpleasant neighbor you don’t like in the Philippines? The Philippine National Police have established public “drop boxes” for informants to anon...

ADB Predicts Stronger 2018 for Developing Economies

Asia’s developing economics have performed better than forecast earlier, according to the latest assessment by the Asian Development Bank in its mid-term review of the 2017 Asian Development Outlook. Some furth...

With a Hostile Regime in Washington, WTO in eclipse

Sixteen years after World Trade Organization negotiators set out to reform agricultural and other tariff barriers in 2001 in Doha. Qatar, they are still at it, and they appear hardly any closer to success.  WTO...