BANGKOK, April 2- Thailand is providing delegates to an Asian finance minister and central bank summit with face masks this week as smoggy air pollution hits alarming levels. The air quality index in Chiang Rai, where Thailand will host the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' meeting this week, reached levels...
*Indonesia says EU deforestation criteria unfair to palm. *Indonesia asks ASEAN to defer stronger EU partnership. JAKARTA, Jan 31- Indonesia intends to challenge an EU directive on renewable energy at the World Trade Organization, arguing the plan to curb the use of crops that cause deforestation will unfairly target palm oil, a senior Indonesian official told...
Malcolm Cook of ISEAS says RCEP is not looking "hopeful," but there could be new trade negotiations in 2019 with "ASEAN Plus 3," which includes China, Japan and South Korea, but not Australia, New Zealand and India.
Southeast Asia is "a very attractive alternative" for companies looking to diversify away from China in the trade war, according to Satish Shankar from management consultancy Bain & Co.
Satish Shankar of Bain & Company says firms will still move their supply chains to Southeast Asian countries even if the U.S. and China resolve their trade issues, in part because the process is already underway.
The U.S. president's absence at the ASEAN meeting may signal to regional allies that Washington is not "as committed to Asia" as they would like, said Alex Capri, visiting senior fellow at the National University of Singapore.
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership's member countries don't have enough "political will" to achieve a level of detail that will make the agreement "deeper" and "more substantial," says Alex Capri of the National University of Singapore.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the pace and push of using technology in the financial sector should serve to improve the lives of the world's most marginalized people.
"As you can see from the midterm elections, he has not done so well. The chances of him getting a second term is a bit bleak at the moment," the Malaysian leader told CNBC.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday Beijing will further open up its economy in the face of rising protectionism, as he headed for meetings with Asia-Pacific leaders in Singapore that are expected to focus on trade tensions.
Alexander Feldman of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council weighs in on the relationship between the two regions and says he is "excited" about the Southeast Asia.
Before the Trump administration began calling for unimpeded commerce and an end to authoritarianism in the Indo-Pacific, both Japan and Indonesia already had their own policy ideas for the critically important region.
Vice President Mike Pence will join world leaders from China, Japan and India at the ASEAN Summit in Singapore this week.
A reconfiguration of trade routes is underway as the trade war between the U.S. and China spills over globally, a logistics industry executive said on Friday.
Stephen Nagy of International Christian University says the countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations "worry about overreach by China and growing assertiveness by Beijing" in the South China Sea and Indo-Pacific region.
Exports are the main driver of Japan's economic growth. They are the beginning and the end of the country's business cycle, Michael Ivanovitch writes.
As the world's two largest economies continue to wage an escalating tariff war, global trade was one of the primary topics on the agenda at the annual World Economic Forum on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Vietnam's geographical proximity to China and its historically strong political and economic links with Beijing are paying dividends.
"Digital integration" could contribute a $1.1 trillion increase in Southeast Asia's economy by 2025. Florian Hoppe of Bain & Company shares more.
The Trump administration has touted an Indo-Pacific strategy aimed at increasing regional cooperation, notably with India, Australia and Japan, to counter China's influence