Mixed reception to UK unveiling trans-Pacific trade pact membership

The UK’s announcement that it will soon join 11 other countries in a major Asia-Pacific trade partnership — the country’s biggest post-Brexit trade deal to date — earned a mixed…

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Bangkok in Airbnb reservation platform’s top 5 tourist destinations for 2023

Bangkok has been listed as one of the world’s top five tourist destinations in Airbnb.com’s 2023 rankings, based on the searches for hotel bookings during the first three quarters of…

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Xi says Asia-Pacific is no one’s backyard

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday warned against major power contest in Asia-Pacific which he said is no one’s backyard. “No attempt to wage a new Cold War will ever…

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Op-Ed: The right policies can protect the workers of Asia and the Pacific

Most of the 2.1 billion strong workforces in Asia and the Pacific are denied access to decent jobs, health care, and social protection but there is an array of policies…

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Private sector needs to lead economic recovery, says global financial institute executive

Emphasising how the private sector is the one that needs to lead the country into recovery, Alfonso Garcia Mora, Vice President for Asia Pacific at the International Finance Corporation, (IFC), a sister…

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‘Liberal democracy’ can aid ASEAN on superpower rivalry: former Thai FM

BANGKOK – A united ideology can elevate ASEAN to better manage superpower rivalry, regional crises and meet the aspirations of its citizens, said two Thai regional experts. Both Kasit Piromya,…

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Which Asia-Pacific countries are re-opening to foreign visitors?

Thailand’s re-opening to vaccinated foreign tourists marks a major easing of border controls for Asia, where governments have been far slower to roll back coronavirus travel curbs than in much…

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