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2018/02/09 | Justin Hugo
The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 5)
Taiwan has outgrown its current economic strategy and needs to move up the value chain to become more like the Nordic countries and the Netherlands.
2017/08/18 | David Chapman
Japan's Invisible Children
The combination of historical notions of family and an unwavering adherence to myths of the purity of Japanese bloodline paralyse Japanese society
2017/07/11 | Patrick Jory
Thailand Now 'Made in China?' Bangkok Gets Closer to Beijing
A cartoon recently appeared in a leading Thai newspaper depicting an engorged Thailand’s Defence Minister getting a tattoo on his stomach saying ‘Made in China.'
2017/05/25 | Dániel Balázs
China Hits Speed Wobbles Driving the Silk Road through Sri Lanka
'Beijing has already burnt itself in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos, where the public is becoming hostile to Chinese projects. Like a chain, the Belt and Road is as strong as its weakest link and public perceptions toward China can become an existential issue for Beijing’s ambitious initiative.'
2017/03/27 | Edward White
Why Everyone is Worried about Cambodia, Again
‘There is a widespread discontent with the government…It may be just a matter of time until the pressure cooker bursts.’
Saudi Arabia the Next Stop on China’s Maritime Silk Road
China and Saudi Arabia's increasingly close relations signals a consequential shift in the Middle East - Asia security architecture.
2017/03/15 | Sin Yee Koh
Book Review: Capital Without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent by Brooke Harrington
In 'Capital Without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent,' Brooke Harrington offers an in-depth look into the work of wealth management professionals who ensure that the ‘one percent’ keep getting richer. Drawing on interviews and Harrington’s own experiences of a wealth management training program, Sin Yee Koh finds this a well-researched and clearly written ethnographic study that focuses attention on a key industry behind the continuation of global inequality.
2017/02/28 | Stephen Grenville
Why Everyone is Talking about Universal Basic Incomes
While Bill Gates’ suggestion of taxing robots to put human workers on a more even competitive footing with the robots deserves serious consideration, the time when governments will pay everyone a living wage seems a long way off.
2017/02/22 | Stephen Olson
Keeping An Eye On U.S.–China Semiconductor Supremacy Struggles
The way the semiconductor issue is resolved will tell us a lot about whether the two countries will be able to work out a broader modus vivendi for their future trading relationship.
2017/02/14 | Victor Shih
China Faces the Impossible Trinity
The People’s Bank of China is walking a tightrope.
China Returns to ‘Bird in the Cage’ Economic Policy
Short-term policy changes in 2017 China will have lasting consequences for the greater Asia Pacific long-term economic forecast.
China’s Great Wall of Debt
As China's carousel of credit goes around, observers may interpret the system to be one happy affair. Until the wheels come off.
2016/10/09 | Mike Callaghan
Specter of Protectionism Looms over IMF-World Bank Meetings
Ministers attending the IMF/World Bank meetings may not be able to influence the views of Trump and his supporters, but they could share a common resolve to avoid the spread of 'economic malpractice.'
2016/10/02 | The Japan Times
OPINION: Land Prices Reveal Japan's Growing Divide
A gap is growing in land prices between the four major regional cities of Sapporo, Sendai, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, and the rest of the regional economies.
2016/08/05 | Edward White
ANALYSIS: Unpacking Attacks on Chinese Workers in Africa
Does an attack on Chinese workers in Kenya reflect continent-wide contempt of China’s expanding presence in Africa?