Economics

Will Tesla supercharge Indonesia’s bid for EV battery crown?

The country is a key source of the nickel needed in electric vehicle batteries, but to be a major producer it must invest in tech, talent and renewable energy.

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Chinese dams, pollution give Vietnamese the Mekong Delta blues

Local communities fear diminished prospects as the country’s agricultural powerhouse loses steam amid China’s upstream energy ventures.

3 hours ago
As Asia puts electric vehicle revolution in gear, are Musk & Co all hype?

Electric vehicle sceptics like Japan’s Toyota chief point out that on some measures electric vehicles produce more carbon dioxide than traditional cars.

27 Feb 2021 - 9:15AM
‘Difficult to conclude’ if firms should leave Myanmar: Singapore minister

Trade Minister Chan Chun Sing said at SCMP’s China Conference: Southeast Asia that investments into Myanmar had helped create jobs and grow the economy.

26 Feb 2021 - 10:14PM
Critics ask why Australian bill singles out China for forced labour

The bill, proposed by an Australian lawmaker, wants all items made by forced labour in China, including those from Xinjiang, to be banned. But rights groups suggest including all countries known to have cases of forced labour.

25 Feb 2021 - 11:34AM
Facebook ‘re-friends’ Australian news after government amends media code

Analysts say both sides can claim a win, with Facebook avoiding enforced arbitration but Canberra emboldening other countries’ bids to regulate big tech.

23 Feb 2021 - 5:17PM
As Shopee rises, Southeast Asian rivals such as Tokopedia aren’t sitting still

These competitors are also vying for a slice of Southeast Asia’s US$62 billion e-commerce sector, looking to secure resources and partnerships as the sector evolves.

21 Feb 2021 - 1:00PM
If Laos fell into a Chinese debt trap, would it make a noise?

China’s largesse in funding infrastructure has prompted claims it is seeking leverage over poorer, indebted nations, yet Laos’ reliance on its neighbour has gone strangely unnoticed.

22 Feb 2021 - 11:02AM
Why Singapore tech giant Sea is making waves in Southeast Asia

What began as a modest gaming firm has grown into a US$137 billion behemoth with e-commerce and digital payment ambitions. Will this unicorn’s fairy tale rise have a happy ending?

21 Feb 2021 - 3:36PM
As Australia takes on Facebook, can it get the rest of the world on its side?

While some see the new law requiring the social media giant to pay for content as also being politically motivated, Facebook’s decision to block Australian media outlets has revealed the extent of the company’s influence.

19 Feb 2021 - 6:02PM
Thailand NGO pushes for halt to Mekong dam project in Laos

Laos has seen a dam-building boom in recent decades - funded in part by China, Malaysia and Thailand - but it has come at a cost for both the environment and local communities.

19 Feb 2021 - 7:03PM
Analysis | India’s Modi vs protesting farmers: who will blink first?

Indian PM has reiterated his resolve to carry out agricultural reforms, but the protesting farmers insist they will not go home without a victory.

18 Feb 2021 - 6:02PM
Opinion | Indonesia’s wealth fund managers provide needed dose of credibility

Ridha Wirakusumah, who was named as head of the Indonesia Investment Authority, gets high marks for his integrity and experience.

18 Feb 2021 - 9:30AM
Coronavirus Singapore: government digs deep on new relief package

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat says fresh drawdown of up to S$11 billion (US$8.31 billion) is necessary ‘given the exceptional circumstances we are in’.

16 Feb 2021 - 10:06PM
Could India become main alternative to China for foreign investment?

A cordial solution to the long-running wrangle over retrospective taxation will assure potential investors and help position India as an alternative to China.

16 Feb 2021 - 10:06PM
What Heng Swee Keat’s budget has in store for Singapore

Heng Swee Keat is expected to avoid another draw on reserves, focusing on targeted spending, reskilling workers, and tapered support schemes.

15 Feb 2021 - 10:29AM
Way the music died: can Asia’s nightclubs survive Covid-19?

Nightclubs from Singapore to Hong Kong are suffering. Will the arrival of vaccines be music to their ears?

13 Feb 2021 - 8:33AM
A Singapore grocer’s big staff bonuses are the talk of the town. Will its success last?

Singapore’s third-biggest supermarket chain reported soaring revenue during the Covid-19 pandemic, but its mass-market strategy means it is still seen as a budget option.

12 Feb 2021 - 10:54AM
Ho Ching, boss of Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, will retire in October

Ho, who joined Temasek in 2002 and was appointed chief executive two years later, is also the wife of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

10 Feb 2021 - 12:24AM