Here’s what it costs to work remotely in 4 global hotspots

Google may be calling people back into the office, but many other companies — not to mention entrepreneurs — are still committed to remote work. From Croatia to Barbados, destinations provide vastly different experiences for foreigners who wish to work from new shores. The weather is usually better (save hurricanes), and costs can be cheaper … Read more

India, China voice same agri concerns at WTO

(This story originally appeared in on Mar 12, 2021) India and China have called upon World Trade Organization (WTO) members to address long-pending concerns over public stockholding and special safeguard measures, to check against surge in farm imports, on priority, as member countries sought to bridge differences ahead of a meeting of ministers later this … Read more

Southeast Asia adds 40 million first-time internet users in 2020, report finds

Customers and drivers for Grab Holdings Inc.’s GrabFood line up to collect orders at a Pisang Goreng Bu Nanik store in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, July 15, 2019. Globally, the online food order industry has grown into a hyper-competitive field, which has led to consolidation as companies claw for a bigger slice of more than $300 … Read more

China is more important for business in Southeast Asia than U.S. election, consultant says

SINGAPORE — The U.S. is important geopolitically, but China is the “real game” in terms of business for Southeast Asia, according to the founder of a political risk consultancy. “It’s quite clear that China matters so much more than the U.S.,” said Karim Raslan of KRA Group. I think what we’ve got to bear in … Read more

Indonesia rejected a US proposal to allow its P-8 planes to land and refuel there

JAKARTA: Indonesia rejected this year a proposal by the United States to allow its P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance planes to land and refuel there, according to four senior Indonesian officials familiar with the matter. U.S. officials made multiple “high-level” approaches in July and August to Indonesia’s defence and foreign ministers before Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, … Read more

A new wellness trend lets vacationers do the unthinkable — keep working

GDP of ‘developing Asia’ set to contract for the first time in nearly six decades, ADB says

A man eats a takeaway meal on a chair placed outside a restaurant in the Kowloon-side Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong in the early morning of July 29, 2020, as new social distancing measures come into effect which include restaurants only being allowed to serve takeaway meals, to combat a new wave of … Read more

The pandemic could leave Indonesia’s 69 million students further behind their global peers

Children studying together along the Ciliwung River in the village of Kebon Jukut, Bogor City while most Indonesian schools were shut during the coronavirus pandemic. Andi M Ridwan | Opn Images | Barcroft Media via Getty Images Indonesian students — already lagging their global peers in some areas — could lose the opportunity to catch up … Read more

Southeast Asia faces more severe impacts of climate change than the rest of the world, McKinsey says

Scooter drivers in Ho Chi Minh City on November 01, 2016. Thomas Koehler | Photothek | Getty Images Southeast Asia potentially will face more severe consequences of climate change than other parts of the world, according to the business and economic research arm of consulting firm McKinsey. Climate change is a critical challenge that Southeast … Read more