Graduating into a pandemic could ruin your career
After navigating her way through three rounds of interviews, H.P. Tan, a senior from the National University of Singapore, a top-ranking school in Asia, had all but secured a job at a public relations firm last month. But the job would never come to pass. Under pressure to cut cost to weather the pandemic downturn, the company paused its hiring and rejected Tan. “When I got that rejection, it was a turning point. I didn’t think I would be directly impacted,” said the 23-year-old. Tan is like many young graduates in Southeast Asia who find themselves entering a job market that has been thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus pandemic. Her country, Singapore, has reported more than 8,000 cases
Anger rises over Vietnamese capital’s globe-trotting ‘patient zero’
Internet users in Vietnam have expressed outrage at a 26-year-old woman who tested positive for the new coronavirus after returning from Europe. The woman, who has been identified by name on a government website, is connected to a cluster of new patients that brought the number of infections in the country to 35. Until her diagnosis on March 6, Vietnam had reported a total of 16 cases and no new infections for 22 days.  The series of infections linked to the woman highlights the infectiousness of the coronavirus and the social pressure put on those blamed for spreading the disease known as Covid-19. The woman, believed to be the “patient zero” of the capital city of Hanoi, has become the ta
Chinese investment in Southeast Asia is plummeting
China-funded infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia have plunged in the past year as foreign governments grow wary of Beijing’s overseas investments. The value of newly announced big-ticket deals in the region – investment commitments and construction contracts worth more than $100 million – dropped just  under 50% in 2018 to $19.2 billion, its lowest in four years, according to analysis by Citi Economics based on data from US think tank American Enterprise Institute. 49.7% Drop in value of new Chinese deals in Southeast Asia in 2018 In the second half of 2018, the 10 nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) only recorded 12 China-funded megaprojects with a total wort