Fake pharmaceuticals have plagued Southeast Asia for years, yet governments have been accused of underestimating the scale of the problem. A controversial new study suggests the illegal trade of fraudulent medicines is still thriving in the region.
The Duterte administration’s “Build Build Build” programme is meant to bring infrastructure development to the Philippines. But critics warn against falling into a “debt trap”, and that the true cost of the scheme might be paid by the country’s poorest citizens.
This week in Southeast Asia: what’s going on with the Thai election? Tensions run high in the South China Sea between Vietnam and China, and Prabowo faces new accusations of human rights abuses in Indonesia.
A historic meeting takes place between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Precious gems could be an opportunity to earn one’s fortune, or bring tragedy to miners toiling in unforgiving circumstances. Can the industry pivot towards more ethical practices?