Agriculture and the pulp and paper industries, forestry and mining also contribute.
China's One Belt, One Road initiative is holding international summit in Beijing, but no Western leaders have said they are coming yet.
Objections from certain sectors of Malaysian society to the film neatly illustrates both the fear and lack of understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country.
The House of Saud's recent efforts to push back against Iran have not paid off. Time to lock in some more allies.
Using nerve agents is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but North Korea is not a party to it.
An adversarial international commission of inquiry, similar to one instituted to resolve a dispute between Britain and Russia in 1905, could break the deadlock over the downed flight.
Past studies point to traditional Confucian values and a refugee mentality as a reason for the business success of Chinese people living overseas, our research debunks this.
Talks among ASEAN leaders are often limited to political and economic issues, pushing problems with deep social and cultural roots like the persecution of ethnic Rohingya to the margins.
From stubborn military rule to religious 'mobocracy', five young democracies show signs of slipping backwards.
As domestic construction slows, Chinese property developers are starting to look overseas. The potential impacts are diverse, from property prices right through to regional diplomacy.
Participants in the latest organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections in Malaysia will face a repressive state apparatus as well as an intimidating counter-movement known as Red Shirts.
Donald Trump is wrong: the US election can't be rigged. But it's a different story in Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Gabon and Mexico.
Scientists from the developing world perceive current visa rules as a major impediment to professional travel. They miss out on opportunities to collaborate globally.
The Non-Aligned Movement member states enjoy cohesion on few issues. Historically, their heterogeneity ranged from absolute monarchs to socialist presidents.
In the dying days of empire, the British financed a global cinema service.
Social media can be an effective tool in mobilising people for social change, as demonstrated by the Bersih movement in Malaysia.
Plans for more robust architecture on forced migration need to be more advanced. Countries in our region must not rest on their laurels.
Over the past few years many companies have committed to sustainable palm oil. But that is threatened by a growing alliance between industry and government.
The electorate and those involved in public governance should focus more on how judges are appointed. This is because they need to make sure that individuals of the highest quality get the job.
Southeast Asia's biggest economy is eyeing to join the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, already signed by a dozen countries, including Australia.