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Lao Authorities Seize Another Huge Shipment of Methamphetamine
September 26, 2022

Lao Authorities Seize Another Huge Shipment of Methamphetamine

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's four largest meth seizures on record have come over the past 15 months – striking evidence of the scale of the recent Mekong drug production boom.

Inflation, Unrest Challenge Bangladesh’s ‘Miracle Economy’
September 23, 2022

Inflation, Unrest Challenge Bangladesh’s ‘Miracle Economy’

By Julhas Alam
Although Bangladesh’s situation is nowhere nearly as severe as Sri Lanka's, it faces similar troubles: excessive spending, corruption and cronyism, and a weakening trade balance.
Will Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation Boost Business at Gwadar Port?
September 22, 2022

Will Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation Boost Business at Gwadar Port?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
It could. But past experience underscores the importance of Pakistan and Barrick Gold being transparent on the terms of the deal they struck.

Asian Development Bank Cuts Forecasts to Reflect Weakening Outlook
September 22, 2022

Asian Development Bank Cuts Forecasts to Reflect Weakening Outlook

By Elaine Kurtenbach
The ADB cut its estimate for growth in Asia’s developing economies to 4.3 percent, down from an earlier forecast of 5.2 percent. But the slowdown is not evenly distributed.

Inflation Reduction Act Roils South Korea-US Relations
September 20, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act Roils South Korea-US Relations

By Troy Stangarone
The EV provisions of the IRA are seen by South Korea as both a violation of trade rules and contrary to the deepening economic partnership between the two countries.

Cash-Strapped Pakistan Struggles to Keep China Happy
September 20, 2022

Cash-Strapped Pakistan Struggles to Keep China Happy

By Umair Jamal
It has promised to pay $200 million to four Chinese power producers but that is just a fraction of the money owed to China.

Why The Price of Petrol Increased in Indonesia But Not in Malaysia
September 20, 2022

Why The Price of Petrol Increased in Indonesia But Not in Malaysia

By James Guild
Despite some superficial similarities, the production and distribution of energy is structured quite differently in the two countries.
Thai Tourism Sector Has Turned a Corner, Senior Officials Say
September 20, 2022

Thai Tourism Sector Has Turned a Corner, Senior Officials Say

By Sebastian Strangio
The country is aiming to attract more than 30 million tourists in 2023, but its success may depend on the future of China's "zero-COVID" policy.

Indonesia Still Considering Purchases of Russian Oil, Minister Says
September 19, 2022

Indonesia Still Considering Purchases of Russian Oil, Minister Says

By Sebastian Strangio
But Jakarta is likely to weigh carefully the domestic political benefits of cheap oil against possible international blowback.

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 
September 15, 2022

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 

By Paolo Sorbello
Jusan Bank, linked to the country’s former president, will divest from Kcell. 

Trial Run for China-Afghan Rail Corridor as SCO Summit Kicks Off
September 15, 2022

Trial Run for China-Afghan Rail Corridor as SCO Summit Kicks Off

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
Rail routes are all the rage, as the SCO gathers. Keep an eye out for new agreements on regional transit routes.
Greening Pains: Can Petronas Make the Leap to Renewables?
September 15, 2022

Greening Pains: Can Petronas Make the Leap to Renewables?

By Gulzhan Musaeva
With a government to provide for and its own pecuniary interests, the Malaysian state oil and gas giant is unlikely to change dramatically.

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