Economy

Stocks mixed, oil down as markets await news on Saudi plant

Sep 17, 2019

World shares are mixed and oil prices have fallen slightly pending updates on restoring output at a Saudi Aramco oil processing plant damaged by an attack over the weekend

Thai high court affirms guilt of 2009 Pattaya rioters

Sep 11, 2019

Thailand's Supreme Court has affirmed the prison sentences of 12 members of the "Red Shirt" political movement convicted in connection with rioting that disrupted an important regional conference in 2009

Thai trade minister says progress made in free trade pact

Sep 10, 2019

A Thai economic official says regional trade ministers made some progress toward completing a long-awaited free trade agreement, and final details are expected to be worked out later this month in Vietnam

US promotes free and open Indo-Pacific at naval exercise

Sep 2, 2019

A senior U.S. naval officer has underlined Washington's commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific as the United States launched its first joint naval exercise with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Iran: Lifting US sanctions will help salvage nuclear deal

Aug 29, 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says Iran's supreme leader will not meet President Donald Trump unless Washington halts its "economic terrorism" that has hurt ordinary Iranians

Australia launches $55M anti-trafficking effort for ASEAN

Aug 1, 2019

Australia has launched a 10-year, $55 million program to help Southeast Asian nations combat human trafficking in the region

Malaysia: Myanmar must be accountable for Rohingya to return

Jul 30, 2019

Malaysia's foreign ministry says Myanmar's government must pursue justice for alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya minority so hundreds of thousands who fled a brutal military crackdown can return safely

Indonesia's Widodo tells AP he'll push economy, labor reform

Jul 26, 2019

Indonesia's president is vowing to push sweeping economic reforms, saying he will not have political constraints in his final term in office

Duterte: No way to stop China from fishing in exclusive zone

Jul 22, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte says there's no way to stop Chinese nationals from fishing in his country's exclusive economic zone claimed by China and added he would not risk losing Filipino forces in a clash with Beijing in the South China Sea

US-China trade war, sea row in ASEAN summit spotlight

Jun 22, 2019

Southeast Asian leaders will commit to conclude a long-delayed regional trade pact this year despite lingering odds to fend off risks from a protracted U.S.-China trade war