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13 Southeast Asian tech firms to watch

From AI programmes that polish your English language skills to a firm launching backpack-sized satellites from a barge in the South China Sea, here are some of Southeast Asia’s brightest deep tech start-ups.

2 Jul 2018 - 2:12PM
13 Southeast Asian tech firms to watch

From AI programmes that polish your English language skills to a firm launching backpack-sized satellites from a barge in the South China Sea, here are some of Southeast Asia’s brightest deep tech start-ups.

Fighting cancer in Singapore, eating plastic in Indonesia: is Southeast Asia the next Silicon Valley?

Filing taxes using blockchain in Indonesia. Growing better crops in Vietnam with artificial intelligence. Sending rockets into space in Singapore. Southeast Asia is quietly emerging as a breeding ground for new technology.

30 Jun 2018 - 8:15AM
Fighting cancer in Singapore, eating plastic in Indonesia: is Southeast Asia the next Silicon Valley?

Filing taxes using blockchain in Indonesia. Growing better crops in Vietnam with artificial intelligence. Sending rockets into space in Singapore. Southeast Asia is quietly emerging as a breeding ground for new technology.

How bitcoin and cryptocurrencies went from Wall Street to the high streets of Southeast Asia

Cryptocurrencies are no longer the sole domain of hedge fund managers and high-stakes traders – in Southeast Asia they are being used to solve the financial problems of working men and women.

11 Jan 2019 - 8:21PM
How bitcoin and cryptocurrencies went from Wall Street to the high streets of Southeast Asia

Cryptocurrencies are no longer the sole domain of hedge fund managers and high-stakes traders – in Southeast Asia they are being used to solve the financial problems of working men and women.

China expects ‘next level’ relations with Malaysia as Mahathir enlists Robert Kuok in diplomatic push

Mahathir meets Chinese ambassador Bai Tian in Kuala Lumpur following a memo telling top diplomats to stay the course on friendly relations with Beijing.

25 May 2018 - 1:57PM
China expects ‘next level’ relations with Malaysia as Mahathir enlists Robert Kuok in diplomatic push

Mahathir meets Chinese ambassador Bai Tian in Kuala Lumpur following a memo telling top diplomats to stay the course on friendly relations with Beijing.

Malaysia’s Mahathir: good news for China, not so much for the US

Economic plan, check; action plan on Najib Razak, check; making nice with coalition parties, check. Foreign policy ... hmm

20 May 2018 - 8:03AM
Malaysia’s Mahathir: good news for China, not so much for the US

Economic plan, check; action plan on Najib Razak, check; making nice with coalition parties, check. Foreign policy ... hmm

US trade war: when the (micro) chips are down, Chinese cash flows to Israel

With fears mounting that Donald Trump’s trade war will lock out Chinese firms from US markets, companies seeking to invest in next-generation microchips have found a new source. 

19 May 2018 - 12:48AM
US trade war: when the (micro) chips are down, Chinese cash flows to Israel

With fears mounting that Donald Trump’s trade war will lock out Chinese firms from US markets, companies seeking to invest in next-generation microchips have found a new source. 

134 billion reasons for Mahathir not to rethink Chinese investment

Fears that multibillion-dollar deals between China and Malaysia may no longer have a friend at the top may be premature – after all, the new prime minister has 134 billion reasons to maintain the status quo.

16 May 2018 - 12:36PM
134 billion reasons for Mahathir not to rethink Chinese investment

Fears that multibillion-dollar deals between China and Malaysia may no longer have a friend at the top may be premature – after all, the new prime minister has 134 billion reasons to maintain the status quo.

Why is China suddenly seeking Filipino English teachers?

In a lesson to Manila that it pays to have close ties with China, Beijing shifts its attitude towards workers from the Philippines

14 May 2018 - 7:00AM
Why is China suddenly seeking Filipino English teachers?

In a lesson to Manila that it pays to have close ties with China, Beijing shifts its attitude towards workers from the Philippines

Is Chinese money an issue? In Malaysia, only at election time

There’s nothing new about foreign investment in Malaysia, as opposition chief Mahathir Mohamad knows well. So why is Chinese money a campaign issue when voters are more concerned about the cost of living?

6 May 2018 - 9:58AM
Is Chinese money an issue? In Malaysia, only at election time

There’s nothing new about foreign investment in Malaysia, as opposition chief Mahathir Mohamad knows well. So why is Chinese money a campaign issue when voters are more concerned about the cost of living?

In Hainan, China’s Hawaii, a hot property market proves hard to cool

Runaway property prices have caused the island province to introduce China’s strictest ever restrictions on non-local buyers. Will this curb the excesses of speculators adept at bending the rules? Sceptics just aren’t buying it.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
In Hainan, China’s Hawaii, a hot property market proves hard to cool

Runaway property prices have caused the island province to introduce China’s strictest ever restrictions on non-local buyers. Will this curb the excesses of speculators adept at bending the rules? Sceptics just aren’t buying it.

Forget China: Hong Kong, Singapore are new kids on the blockchain

Beijing’s crackdown on digital currencies is sending investors into the arms of the perennial competitors.

11 Jan 2019 - 8:20PM
Forget China: Hong Kong, Singapore are new kids on the blockchain

Beijing’s crackdown on digital currencies is sending investors into the arms of the perennial competitors.

Made for each other: Indian start-ups and Chinese investors

Western funding still dominates India’s start-up scene, but entrepreneurs are turning East for cash and expertise that will keep them viable in the long term.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Made for each other: Indian start-ups and Chinese investors

Western funding still dominates India’s start-up scene, but entrepreneurs are turning East for cash and expertise that will keep them viable in the long term.

For the UAE, are renewables the new oil?

The Emirates was home to nomads and date farmers until it tapped its oil potential in the 1960s, and now leaders of the Gulf nation are intent to adapt yet again with a transition to sustainable energy.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
For the UAE, are renewables the new oil?

The Emirates was home to nomads and date farmers until it tapped its oil potential in the 1960s, and now leaders of the Gulf nation are intent to adapt yet again with a transition to sustainable energy.

China’s Meituan buys bike-sharing firm Mobike for US$2.7 billion in mobility push 
Returning migrants: the Chinese economy’s next great hope?

The great migration of rural workers into China’s cities helped to create the world’s second largest economy. Now a new avenue of growth is opening up, as the rise of e-commerce fuels a reverse migration of entrepreneurs.

18 Mar 2018 - 7:01AM
Returning migrants: the Chinese economy’s next great hope?

The great migration of rural workers into China’s cities helped to create the world’s second largest economy. Now a new avenue of growth is opening up, as the rise of e-commerce fuels a reverse migration of entrepreneurs.

How tech firms are using China’s social media addiction to teach English

Phone apps that encourage students to practise language skills by sharing their progress on social media are proving a hit as companies seek a slice of the US$32 billion e-learning market.

12 Mar 2018 - 12:58PM
How tech firms are using China’s social media addiction to teach English

Phone apps that encourage students to practise language skills by sharing their progress on social media are proving a hit as companies seek a slice of the US$32 billion e-learning market.

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City: green oasis or green ghost town?

Once billed as a one of a kind zero-carbon footprint city, the project finds itself sorely behind schedule and more or less empty. But some say it still has potential to change one of the world’s biggest consumers into conservationists.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Oil-rich Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City: green oasis or green ghost town?

Once billed as a one of a kind zero-carbon footprint city, the project finds itself sorely behind schedule and more or less empty. But some say it still has potential to change one of the world’s biggest consumers into conservationists.

Meet the Secret Superstar of China, from India: Aamir Khan

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is shattering box office records left, right and centre. But can he transform his place in the hearts of everyday Chinese into a bridge between nations?

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Meet the Secret Superstar of China, from India: Aamir Khan

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is shattering box office records left, right and centre. But can he transform his place in the hearts of everyday Chinese into a bridge between nations?

The easiest way to lose your life savings in China

Only recently has the government started to crack down on the mostly unregulated online platforms but overly trusting elderly investors are still at risk.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The easiest way to lose your life savings in China

Only recently has the government started to crack down on the mostly unregulated online platforms but overly trusting elderly investors are still at risk.

China’s blind await the year of the guide dog