The Chongqing Connectivity Initiative: From Transition to Take-off?
Economy,China,Southeast Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 Sep 2018

The Chongqing Connectivity Initiative: From Transition to Take-off?

In April 2018, it was revealed that Singapore has invested SGD 27 billion into the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative since the project broke ground in 2015. The four priority sectors are financial services, aviation, transportation and logistics, and ICT.
The Need for a More Nuanced Approach towards the BRI
Politics,Economy,China

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 19 Sep 2018

The Need for a More Nuanced Approach towards the BRI

What’s with the Recent Tension in US-China Relations?
Politics,Economy,China

By John F. Copper - 18 Sep 2018

What’s with the Recent Tension in US-China Relations?

North Korea’s Economy in Retrospect and its Prospects
Economy,East Asia

North Korea’s Economy in Retrospect and its Prospects

North Korea’s economy suffered a negative growth of 3.5 percent in 2017, its worst setback in a decade. The disagreement with the US over its denuclearization process could delay the lifting of sanctions, while China-US competition in the Korean Peninsula may add additional uncertainty.
Mahathir’s Beijing Trip: What Are the Takeaways?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Mahathir’s Beijing Trip: What Are the Takeaways?

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad visited Beijing from August 17-21, 2018, with the aim of seeking understanding from his Chinese hosts that his government needs to re-adjust Malaysia’s financial situation.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Opportunities and Challenges at the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu
Politics,Economy,South Asia

Opportunities and Challenges at the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu

Nepal will be holding the 4th summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in the capital city Kathmandu between August 30-31, 2018.
By Rishi Gupta - 29 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Turkish Lira Crisis
Economy,Hotspots

The Turkish Lira Crisis

Turkey’s currency dropped by 1/5 of its value against the US dollar on August 10, 2018. One of the most significant rescue packages came from Qatar which came up with USD 15 billion worth of investments for Turkey.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
On the Fifth Year of the Belt and Road Initiative
Economy,China

On the Fifth Year of the Belt and Road Initiative

The incoming Imran Khan government of Pakistan will ask the IMF for a USD 12 billion bailout package, highlighting the new economic reality facing some Belt and Road Initiative participating countries and the need to formulate new rules governing the program.
The “Sputnik Moment” for the Chinese Semiconductor Industry
Economy,China

The “Sputnik Moment” for the Chinese Semiconductor Industry

China used more than 45 percent of global semiconductor production, and it only makes 15 percent of worldwide semiconductors locally. The country ran a trade deficit of USD 193 billion in 2017 on semiconductor trade.
Laos Poverty Alleviation Efforts by China
Economy,Society,Southeast Asia

Laos Poverty Alleviation Efforts by China

In 2016, the Chinese government provided over RMB 33 million for the Pilot Project for Poverty Reduction Cooperation in East Asia which is based on technical and financial support from China for the specific purpose of poverty alleviation in Laos.
By Tai Wei Lim - 16 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Juncker-Trump Truce and its Implications for the US-China Trade War
Politics,Economy

The Juncker-Trump Truce and its Implications for the US-China Trade War

The Juncker-Trump agreement is perceived by some analysts to be a game-changer, signaling that the US is forming a new US-centric world trade order on a bilateral basis excluding its perceived adversaries such as China.
Aligning Cultural Resources with China’s New Developmental Philosophy
Politics,Economy,China

Aligning Cultural Resources with China’s New Developmental Philosophy

With its new Silk Road strategy, China has set in motion a timely initiative that may very well un-fold dynamics towards a wholesome development for the Eurasian countries. This is an opportunity for deep, pragmatic, well-considered, and orchestrated collaborative strategies.
By Ole Döring - 07 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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