Foreign and trade ministers from Southeast Asian nations met in the Thai seaside resort town of Hua Hin.They met, seeking ways to expand trade ties at a time when the global financial meltdown has led to job losses and recession, prompting talks of protectionism in several countries. Both Indonesia and Malaysia have begun “buy local products” campaigns despite promoting more open trade.
How the “four M’s” underpin a bright Asian future
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Thailand close to completing the world’s biggest floating hydro-solar farm
Thailand has long relied on coal for power, but plans for new coal-fired projects have been met with opposition over health and environmental risks, and two proposed southern coal plants were shelved in 2018.
About 144,417 solar panels are being installed on a reservoir in the northeast province of Ubon Ratchathani, where workers are completing the last of seven solar farms covering 300 acres (121 hectares) of water.(more…)
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