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Why the WHO Needs Taiwan
Taiwan is again blocked from attending the World Health Assembly amid a sustained campaign by Chinese officials to deny it a seat at the table.
Chinese Capital’s Population Declines for First Time Since 2003
In January, China announced it had entered an “era of negative population growth,” after figures showed a historic drop in the number of people for the first time in six decades.
The Changing Face of Chinese Governance
During his first two terms in office, Xi sent signals that created a range of mixed incentives that will guide Chinese governance over the next five years.
China’s Growth Prospects After Zero-Covid
Despite the IMF upgrading its GDP projection, China is facing major downward pressures that seem likely to constrain its recovery, in both the short and medium term.
Indonesia Gets the Ball Rolling On Domestic Worker Rights
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has endorsed the Domestic Worker Protection Bill, showing moral support for Indonesians who were employed overseas as domestic workers and sending a strong message to migrant-receiving countries like Malaysia and Taiwan to protect the rights of these workers.
Thailand Welcomes Tourism, Economic Progress, Looks Ahead to 2023 Elections
Experts say the elections could promote further economic growth and create stability for the kingdom.
China: Zhang Zhan’s Prison Letter Offers Hope and Fear
The rare insight into prison life comes over two years after the citizen journalist was handed a four-year sentence. She was imprisoned after covering the Covid-19 lockdown in the Chinese city of Wuhan in early 2020.
Southeast Asia’s Tech Industry Goes From a Gallop to a Canter
ASEAN’s economic growth is projected to be above 5% in 2022 and 2023, outperforming China for the first time.
China’s Soaring Covid Numbers Raise Global Fears
Investors have welcomed China’s shift away from the zero-Covid strategy as good news for the world economy in the longer run. However, there are more immediate worries about the near-term impact of surging case numbers on trade and industry.
Kishida’s Difficult Year
Support for Kishida’s government has plummeted to below 30%. Next year will be no easier with local elections scheduled in April and big issues on the table such as mounting security challenges, a declining birth rate, and overcoming obstacles to economic reform.