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  • BEIJING— All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours. One company is sending 12,700 salespeople to Thailand on a tour that continues until next week. vice-chairman Xu Guowei...

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    DENVER— They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. The Tuk Tuk Factory, based in Amsterdam, has signed a licensing agreement with Denver- based eTuk USA to allow the company to manufacture and sell an electric version of the vehicle. The three partners' other company, eTuk Denver, launched a call-and-demand shuttle...

  • TREA: Thai rice subsidy scheme was 'nonsense'   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:24 PM ET
    TREA: Thai rice subsidy scheme was 'nonsense'

    Vichai Sriprasert, honorary president of Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA), says prices of grains now adhere to market mechanisms after the military ended the controversial price-support scheme.

  • BOT: 'Happy with Thai baht at the moment'   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:41 PM ET
    BOT: 'Happy with Thai baht at the moment'

    Prasarn Trairatvorakul, governor of Bank of Thailand, says the current levels of Thai baht is "more in line" with regional currencies.

  • Tracking the slowdown in Thai credit spending   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:39 PM ET
    Tracking the slowdown in Thai credit spending

    Darren Buckley, President of AmCham and country head and country officer of Citibank Thailand, says there is a slowdown in credit card spending and a pick up in the delinquency rate in Thailand.

  • Why US investors are not deterred by Thai crisis   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:34 PM ET
    Why US investors are not deterred by Thai crisis

    Darren Buckley, President of AmCham, explains why foreign direct investment from the U.S. into Thailand increased nearly 5-fold in 2014 despite the country's political instability.

  • Hana Electronics CEO: '2014 was a good year'   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:35 PM ET
    Hana Electronics CEO: '2014 was a good year'

    Richard Han, CEO of Hana Electronics, says last year's military coup resulted in much-needed stability that allowed businesses to return to normal in Thailand.

  • BOT governor: There is still room for rate cut   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 6:36 PM ET
    BOT governor: There is still room for rate cut

    Thailand's economy continues to stumble even though the central bank has cut rates twice in a row. CNBC asks Prasarn Trairatvorakul, governor of Bank of Thailand, whether he is running out of options.

  • The new arms race in the South China Sea Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:19 PM ET
    An Indonesian naval vessel.

    Defense spending among nations in the South China Sea region is rising, but most of it isn't going to the United States.

  • But move would be good for rice exporters Thailand, Vietnam. JAKARTA, May 21- Indonesia's president could be forced to backtrack on promises to curb rice imports, with analysts saying the country may ship in as much as 1.6 million tonnes of the staple grain this year due to soaring prices at home and the threat of a strong El Nino. "Sometimes Indonesia's policy isn't...

  • How should Southeast Asia respond to migrant boat crisis

    Syed Hamid Albar, former Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs, says countries such as Malaysia should allow asylum seekers to land on their shores before a serious humanitarian problem emerges.

  • Bearish on Thailand's macro outlook: Economist   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 9:36 PM ET
    Bearish on Thailand's macro outlook: Economist

    Deyi Tan, ASEAN economist at Morgan Stanley, does not expect a V-shaped recovery for Thailand due to factors such as falling exports and a lack of aggressive fiscal policy.

  • BANGKOK, May 18- Thailand surprisingly reported quarterly growth for January-March, which economists attributed to changes in past data calculations and said the economy is still making little headway. "The momentum is still quite weak in Q1," said Santitarn Sathirathai, Singapore- based head of Southeast Asia economics for Credit Suisse.

  • Thai economy grew a modest 0.3% in Q1   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 12:19 AM ET
    Thai economy grew a modest 0.3% in Q1

    Barnabas Gan, analyst at OCBC, says government spending and improved tourist arrivals in Thailand have failed to offset slower growth in private consumption and exports.

  • Thailand's economy lags on falling exports   Sunday, 17 May 2015 | 11:38 PM ET
    Thailand's economy lags on falling exports

    Kobsidthi Silpachai, head of Capital Markets Research at Kasikornbank, outlines the weaknesses in Thailand's domestic economy.

  • Short Thai baht against euro and yen: Expert   Sunday, 17 May 2015 | 10:45 PM ET
    Short Thai baht against euro and yen: Expert

    Jeffrey Halley, head of Trading, Asia at Saxo Capital Markets, says below-view data will likely keep the Thai bath on the back foot and advises investors to short the currency against the euro or the yen.

  • KUALA, LUMPUR, May 15- Malaysia's economy posted 5.6 percent growth in the first quarter, beating forecasts and just a tad slower than the previous quarter, as it showed resilience in the face of weak global prices for energy and commodity exports. After releasing the data, Bank Negara Malaysia's Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz said the Southeast Asian economy was...

  • US OK'd most Bill Clinton speech requests within days Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— State Department officials under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton moved quickly when aides to Bill Clinton asked them in March 2010 to approve plans for the former president to address clients of a multinational British bank, Barclays. The long-running case had hardly been a secret: Barclays had openly acknowledged in its annual...

  • *Japan, Australia forecasters announce arrival of El Nino. SINGAPORE, May 12- In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia.

  • *Markets eyeing Japan, Australia forecast on Tuesday. SINGAPORE, May 12- In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia.