Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership
Economy,China,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 May 2017

Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership

On May 15, 2017, Japan signaled its intention to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiated by Beijing. The condition is for the AIIB to address Japan’s concerns about the environmental impact of AIIB-funded projects and other matters.
Cambodia’s Debt: Prudent to Look for Diversified Sources
Economy,Southeast Asia

By Sovinda Po and Veasna Var - 22 May 2017

Cambodia’s Debt: Prudent to Look for Diversified Sources

The ASEAN Community: A Lofty Historical Challenge
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

By Michael S. H. Heng - 09 May 2017

The ASEAN Community: A Lofty Historical Challenge

The Maritime Silk Road in World History
Economy,China

The Maritime Silk Road in World History

Technology and the establishment of trading outposts along maritime coastal lines were some of the important developments that culminated in what would eventually be known as the Maritime Silk Road.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Three Recent State Visits and India’s Act East Policy
Economy,South Asia

Three Recent State Visits and India’s Act East Policy

Recently, there have been three significant state visits to India by Malaysian PM Najib Razak, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull. All three countries are vital players in what the Modi Government has dubbed as India’s “Act East Policy.”
The Murder of Mashal Khan and its Implications for the CPEC
Economy,Security,South Asia

The Murder of Mashal Khan and its Implications for the CPEC

The recent lynching of a university student in Pakistan who had been falsely accused of blasphemy highlights the fact that terrorist and separatist violence are not the sole security threats facing the successful completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Uber Economics
Economy

Uber Economics

The rise of Uber and the challenges it now faces illustrate the pitfall of innovation. While one cannot argue against the sharing economy aspect of Uber, one cannot also ignore the regulatory arbitrage issues raised by the taxi drivers.
Philippines' Relations with China and Japan: A Pragmatic Approach under Duterte
Economy,East Asia,Southeast Asia

Philippines' Relations with China and Japan: A Pragmatic Approach under Duterte

In October 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited China and Japan, two of the country’s important economic partners. His trips earned the Philippines millions of dollars’ worth of Chinese and Japanese loans and investments.
Where Trump Goes Next on Trade
Economy

Where Trump Goes Next on Trade

Even though Trump’s actions vis-à-vis the TPP sent some shock waves, his engagements with Japanese Prime Minister Abe suggests that neither is walking away from US-Japan security or their bilateral trade relationship. The same can probably be said about NAFTA.  
ASEAN at 50: Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

ASEAN at 50: Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia

ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Cambodia celebrates its 18th birthday in ASEAN. What are the challenges Cambodia has to confront and what opportunities will this regional group bring to the country?
The Westinghouse Bankruptcy: Test for Chinese Investment in US Infrastructure
Economy

The Westinghouse Bankruptcy: Test for Chinese Investment in US Infrastructure

The bankruptcy of Westinghouse raised the spectre of a Chinese takeover of the nuclear power plant projects. Bloomberg reported that cabinet officials had been involved in discussions about how to keep Westinghouse out of the control of a Chinese entity.
On CPEC, India Should Be Tough but Not Rigid
Economy,South Asia

On CPEC, India Should Be Tough but Not Rigid

India’s key challenge is to come up with a rational response to CPEC, and not allow any one strand to influence its approach towards this project, which seeks to connect Kashgar in Xinjiang with Gwadar in Balochistan.
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