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Singapore’s Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) and Malaysia’s Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad (CIMB) Bank are now allowing customers to more than “like” and “follow” one another on Facebook… you can also send cash. OCBC has a reputation for not only being one of the strongest banks in the world...

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Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. plans on opening five additional hotels in Myanmar within the next three years, and has already come to an agreement with Eden Group Company Limited, a local business conglomerate, regarding the properties. Two of the assets are existing hotels that will be rebranded as Hilton...

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China Military

Beijing is telling its state-owned enterprises to halt investment into Vietnam. Government officials have informed them to even stop bidding on any new projects in the country. The projects are mainly engineering bids revolving around the chemical and power industries. The relationship between the two Asian neighbors has become...

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JD largest IPO

JD.com, Inc., a Chinese online direct sales company with a similar business model to Amazon.com, recently just scored the largest initial public offering (IPO) by a Chinese company in the United States… ever! The online retailer listed on the Nasdaq, issuing 93.685 million ADS (American Depositary Shares) priced at...

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Curfew hits bangkok business

Bangkok—heaven to some, Sodom and/or Gomorrah to others—is truly a city that doesn’t sleep. Well, at least not until recently. The Thai military staged a “bloodless coup” this past Thursday and imposed a strict curfew from 10 pm–5 am. This is taking an obvious toll on all types of...

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young gaijins talent

When I first visited Singapore in 2006, my immediate thought was, “Wow, is Tokyo ever in trouble.” The feeling was just that overwhelming. I remember waking up the morning after my late-night flight, jumping in a taxi for meetings, and spending the rest of the day impressed with the...

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burma-oil-exploration

Some of the biggest names (unsurprisingly) in the offshore oil and gas industry were awarded 20 different areas to explore for oil and natural gas in the deep and shallow waters of the Bay of Bengal. Myanmar is said to be sitting on a “sleeping petroleum giant.” The exact...

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AirAsia

Kuala Lumpur is starting to shape up even more for the international business traveller, as AirAsia moves to the more comfortable and modern KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) facility in May. This move will provide a straight shot into the KL Sentral Station via express train, operated by Express...

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Singapore Wine Vault

What stretches over 750,000 square feet, is six stories high, houses 10 million bottles of wine with exacting climate control, off-grid power backup and state-of-the-art security, and provides optimum storage conditions? An ambitious US$200 million wine vault set to open in Singapore by Q3 of this year. The expert...

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