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South East Asia

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China woos key India ally Bangladesh with investment DHAKA: Bangladeshi leaders will on Friday welcome the first Chinese president to visit in three decades, seeking to secure much-needed infrastructure investment without alienating China's main regional rival India, a key ally.Impoverished Bangladesh needs tens of billions of dollars of investment in transport infrastructure and energy to boost its flagging economic fortunes and create jobs for its 160 million people.Bangladeshi officials say they expect President Xi Jinping to sign loan and investment agreements worth around $20 billion during his two-day visit as China seeks to woo countries within India's traditional sphere of influence.He will also formally open an industrial park near the strategic port of Chittagong that Bangladesh hopes will attract Chinese manufacturers seeking cheaper labour than they can find at home."Labour costs in China are six-seven times higher than Bangladesh. The Special Economic Zone alone can bring in $5-$7 billion in Chinese investment," said Abdul Matlub Ahmad, head of ...

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Family walk out of Hughes inquest SYDNEY: The family of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes walked out of the inquest into his death on Friday, with his father calling the Sydney Cricket Ground an "unsafe workplace".Hughes, who played 26 Tests, was 25 years old when he died from bleeding on the brain in November 2014 after being hit on the base of the skull by a ball during a domestic Sheffield Shield match in Sydney. The five-day inquest, which wraps up Friday, ...

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Tokyo pledges support for Japanese firms in Thailand TOKYO: Thailand's biggest foreign investor, Japan, said Friday it would offer support to its firms in the kingdom as concerns grow that the death of its revered monarch could derail the economy.Japan has more than 4,000 companies operating in Thailand, dubbed the "Detroit of Southeast Asia" due to the huge number of auto manufacturing plants."The government will offer appropriate support to Japanese companies if necessary so that the impact on them would be kept to ...

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'I'll humiliate you': Duterte challenges West to probe Philippines drugs war MANILA: Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte called US President Barack Obama, the European Union and United Nations "fools" on Thursday, and warned they would end up humiliated and outsmarted if they accepted an invitation to investigate his war on drugs. Duterte said he was open to an outside probe by Obama, his Secretary of State John Kerry, the EU and the UN Commission on Human Rights into alleged extrajudicial killings, but on the condition that after ...

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Thai assembly ends meeting without inviting successor to late King Bhumibol to ascend throne BANGKOK: Thailand's National Assembly ended an extraordinary meeting on Thursday without inviting a successor to late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to ascend the throne. Members of the assembly met late on Thursday and stood in silence for nine minutes. Earlier, the assembly had called a special session following news of the king's death. "Today there is nothing. We are preparing for the next steps," Peerasak Porjit, vice president of the National Legislative Assembly, told Reuters. Copyright ...

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Philippines' Duterte to visit China MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he would soon visit China and hoped also to travel to Russia, as he again criticised longtime ally the United States for "arrogance".The mission to China will be Duterte's first outside of Southeast Asia since assuming the presidency on June 30, in a symbolic move highlighting the importance he places on improving ties with Beijing that soured over competing claims to the South China Sea."China has repeatedly invited ...

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Taiwan president calls on China to engage in talks TAIPEI: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday urged China to engage in talks, pledging to maintain peace with the island's giant neighbour, amid a near five-month impasse after Beijing halted official communications with the self-ruled island. However, Tsai, in her first National Day speech, stopped short of conceding a crucial principle that Beijing has said is needed for talks to resume, that Taiwan is a part of China, also referred to between the two sides ...