Philippines wants to give US, Japan access to bases

By AFP; The Philippines said Thursday it was looking to give the United States and Japan greater access to its military bases, as it seeks to counter what it perceives as a rising security threat from China. The government is initially drafting a plan that would allow US forces to spend more time on Filipino bases,…

Thailand & The Philippines sign agreement to bring business closer

By Xinhua; Thailand and the Philippines signed three agreements on taxation, energy and business cooperation during a high-level Thai delegation’s visit to the archipelago nation, Thai News Agency reported on Saturday. Deputy Prime Minister cum Fotrogm Minster Surapong Tovichakchaikul attended the 5th meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in Manila on June 20-21…

Snowden’s USA hacking claim captures Chinese attention

By Washington Posr; HONG KONG —For days the reaction in mainland China to the presence in this city of Edward Snowden, who has confessed to leaking information about secret U.S. surveillance programs, was almost total indifference. Now, with his claim that the U.S. government has been hacking Chinese institutions for years, he has the country’s attention. Snowden’s…

Asean needs to be flexible to take in developmental level differences

By The Star; KUALA LUMPUR: Asean integration should not be a blanket initiative; instead governments and practitioners need to take into account the unique characteristics and different growth levels of the countries when planning a regional capital market convergence, according to experts. Whether it is the Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard, accounting standards or ranking standards,…

China in the big league in Africa with Huawei

By The African report; The Chinese equipment giant is leaving no stone unturned as it establishes itself in the tablet and smartphone market in Africa. After registering a $3.4bn turnover in 2011, Huawei’s near omni-presence on the continent with its 2G, 3G, or even its 4G networks in Namibia and Angola is being felt. The…