Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has called an emergency meeting with concerned agencies at 3pm today after the Pollution Control Department (PCD) reported high air pollution in Bangkok and its metropolitan areas, Government Spokeswoman...
John ReedGeorge Harrison struggled with the first phrase of 'Something' when he was writing it
"'Something in the way she moves, attracts me like… a pomegranate,' was his first offering. 'Like a cauliflower,' offered John Lennon, less than helpfully."
John ReedVietnam, after being attacked by Trump as “almost the single worst abuser of everybody” in trade, is vowing to buy more American stuff, from oranges and beef to coal and natural gas. My story is here
John ReedJapanese police probe attack on Thai dissident
Pavin Chachavalpongpun told me he and his partner were sprayed with a chemical agent (he believes a powerful pepper spray) by a man who broke into his Kyoto home with a hammer. Details here
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I wrote this for @FTMag about Vingroup, Vietnam's biggest company, and what its rapid expansion and growing footprint say about the fast-changing, upwardly mobile, complex country where it does business
Myanmar's army may be committing gross human rights violations under cover ...
John ReedUN rapporteur Yanghee Lee believes Myanmar may be committing gross human rights violations in Rakhine and Chin states under cover of a mobile phone blackout that began last weekend: “I fear for all civilians there“
John ReedPrayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand’s militiary junta leader, is now the kingdom’s elected prime minister. He easily won endorsement thanks to military-appointed senators, but his government will command barely half of seats in the lower house. My story is here
John ReedGreat read here on China's growing footprint in the west Pacific, by Kathrin Hille. “This is a pre-conflict type of shadow game, a geopolitical non-war version of island-hopping. The Pacific has become strategic again for the first time since World War II”
John ReedAfter 4+ years of military dictatorship, Thailand will hold a (kind-of?/maybe?) democratic election this Sunday. Given the kingdom's past record of political unrest, some investors are bracing themselves for uncertain times ahead.
My @FT big read is here on.ft.com/2OgXioBpic.twitter.com/CoG29JrMRZ
Foreign investors have dumped $338 million in Thai equities in seven straight se...
John ReedForeign investors flee Thai shares: “Thailand's main stock index has lost about 175 billion baht ($5.63 billion) of its market value since the surprise, short-lived entry of the sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn into politics”
The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis of democracy around the world.
John ReedTransparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perceptions index is out.
Asean countries’ rankings (out of a possible 180):
Philippines and Thailand 99
Myanmar and Laos 132
John ReedThe South China Sea conflict isn't just about sovereignty, or energy resources - it's also about access to traditional fishing grounds.
Vietnamese fishing boats are being harassed, rammed, sometimes sunk by Chinese vessels. My FT analysis is here ft.com/content/fead89…pic.twitter.com/cr3tuTvwg1