Quinn Libson

About Quinn Libson

Quinn Libson is an Associate Editor at Asia News Network

Economics

Aung San Suu Kyi wants foreign investment amid international pressure

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi wants the world to see her country as a business and investment opportunity waiting to be seized.

Analysis, Economics

China Trade War Update

China has kicked off the country’s first ever international import expo in Shanghai, an event designed to boost China’s image as a market to the world.

Economics

Weathering the US/China Trade War Shocks

The world’s two largest economies have been locked in a trade war—with escalating stakes—for months, and there’s no sign the mutual hostilities will end any time soon.

Economics

New competitiveness index ranks Asian countries

The World Economic Forum has released the latest version of its Global Competitiveness Index which saw differing fortunes for longstanding Asian giants.

Economics

Asia in spotlight in WEF competitiveness index

The World Economic Forum has released the latest version of its Global Competitiveness Index, and this time, the list is unlike any it has compiled before.

Economics

Household debt rising across Southeast Asia

Unless checked, the problem will exacerbate problems for several southeast Asian countries.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Despite pressure elsewhere, Suu Kyi still has a friend in Japan

The diplomatic spaces in which Aung San Suu Kyi, the state counselor of Myanmar, can move without serious challenge are growing increasingly narrow.

Analysis

The aftermath of super-Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut, which swept through the Philippines, Hong Kong and Southern China over the weekend will go down on history as one of the regions most powerful storms in years.

Analysis

There’s a “massive climate of fear” for journalists in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act which was used to prosecute and send two Reuters reporters to prison for seven years is not the only law that has been weaponized against the press.

Analysis, Politics

Hun Sen has freed more than 17 political prisoners in two weeks. Why?

This isn’t the first time the Prime Minister has used the tools of arrest and release in tandem to quell pressures from home and abroad.

Curiosity, Economics, News

Asia’s deadly month

Earthquakes have shaken Indonesian islands, floodwaters have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and unseasonal cyclones have battered coastlines around the region.

Diplomacy, Politics

What to watch for in Mahathir Mohamad’s first official Beijing visit

The prime minister has been notably outspoken in his criticism of China-backed infrastructure projects and Beijing’s involvement in the South China Sea.

Economics

Turkish lira dip spells trouble for Asian markets

Concerns over US tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum sent destabilizing ripples across the region.

Politics

Najib Razak’s swift fall from grace

The former prime minister was served with new charges on Wednesday—adding three counts of money laundering to his growing list of alleged transgressions.

Politics

Duterte unveils landmark Muslim autonomy law

Will the new legislation have the power to bring peace to a region choked by decades of deadly separatist conflict.

Diplomacy, Politics

Malaysia and Singapore’s half-century old water fight

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad says he wants to renegotiate the water agreement that has been one of the most acrimonious facets of the relationship between the two countries since they went their separate ways in 1965.

Analysis, News, Politics

Hun Sen’s victory means more of the same for Cambodia

Hun Sen’s electoral victory was marred by controversy but the win signals closer ties between Cambodia and China.