While many ASEAN nations have joined the TPP, that won't hinder the progress of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), explains Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary general of ASEAN.
OPIC's first representative office opened in Thailand, in hopes of stimulating more private sector FDI in Asia, says President Elizabeth Littlefield.
Vietnam's manufacturing sector has gotten a boost from China's restructuring and its property market is heating up, says Daryl Liew from REYL Singapore.
Rainer Michael Preiss from Taurus Wealth Advisors says ASEAN integration could work well, but the region needs to learn from the EU's mistakes.
China on Wednesday complained the media were ignoring radars and weapons deployed by other claimants in the South China Sea.
China has sent fighter jets to a disputed island in the South China Sea, where it deployed missiles earlier this month, U.S. government sources said.
Obama has been trying for two terms to push Southeast Asia to the center of U.S.-Asia policy, explains Ernest Bower, senior adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS.
Thailand saw healthy growth last year because the government's reform measures were successful, says Chadatip Chutrakul, CEO of Siam Piwat Company.
Wellian Wiranto, economist at OCBC, says despite China worries, he still expects a rate cut from the Indonesia central bank.
Nationalistic ownership laws that exist in certain member countries could pose a hurdle to the ASEAN Economic Community, , explains Jalil Rasheed, investment director at Invesco.
The ASEAN Single Aviation Market, which is still a work-in-progress, allows regional airlines to fly from their home base to any other point in Southeast Asia, explains Alan Tan, professor of Aviation Law at the National University of Singapore.
Challenges lie ahead for the ASEAN Economic Communityy (AEC) due to the diversity of member nations and their economies, says Tan Bin Eng, ASEAN government and public sector tax leader at EY.
A milestone for Southeast Asia would be more seamless labor mobility, which could give the poorer economies a lift, explains Vishnu Varathan, senior economist at Mizuho Bank.
Buying Southeast Asian regional banks would be a good way to get exposure to the ASEAN Economic Community, advises Michael Preiss, executive director at Taurus Wealth Advisors.
Jeff Ng, Southeast Asia economist at Standard Chartered, details how the AEC will be a positive for larger economies such as Thailand and Malaysia, as well as smaller economies like Cambodia and Laos.
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has vast potential because it creates a single market between 10 member states, but it still has some challenges to overcome.
The ASEAN Economic Community is the most ambitious project that the association has undertaken,but policies will be implemented in phases over years, says Frederic Neumann, MD and co-head of Asian economics research at HSBC.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership gives Vietnam access to big market. But countries outside the trade deal are feeling isolated, says Sean Darby, global head of equity strategy at Jefferies.
Jeff Ng, Southeast Asian economist at Standard Chartered, says ASEAN countries' economic outlook will depend on the resilience of their domestic demand.
Rintaro Tamaki, deputy Secretary General at OECD, discusses Asia's readiness to withstand a Fed rate hike and China's economic slowdown.