ASEAN Summit Discusses Smart Cities Network and Trade Tensions
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 May 2018

ASEAN Summit Discusses Smart Cities Network and Trade Tensions

The 32nd ASEAN Summit was held in Singapore from April 25-28, 2018. Top of the agenda was ASEAN’s call to form a grid of smart cities by connecting Southeast Asia’s top tiered cities. ASEAN was also concerned about the trade tensions between the US and China.
China and Neoliberalism
Economy,China

By Tai Wei Lim - 27 Apr 2018

China and Neoliberalism

East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism
Politics,Economy,East Asia

By Xiaolin Duan - 24 Apr 2018

East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism

China’s New Arctic Policy Needs Close Analysis
Politics,Economy,China

China’s New Arctic Policy Needs Close Analysis

Now that the dust has settled on China’s big policy announcement, it is time to take a fresh look at China’s Arctic Policy and assess what it means for the US and the other five states that have a coastline on the Arctic Sea: Canada, Greenland (Denmark), Russia, Norway, and Iceland.
TAPI has Potential but Challenges Remain
Politics,Economy,South Asia

TAPI has Potential but Challenges Remain

On February 23, 2018, the representatives of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the TAPI gas pipeline, which is intended to transfer 33 billion cubic feet of natural gas from Turkmenistan to the three countries.
What India Really Needs Is Better Population Policy
Politics,Economy,South Asia

What India Really Needs Is Better Population Policy

Economist Paul Krugman told the News18 Rising India Summit that India needed to expand manufacturing to put more people to work, but a closer look at China’s growth trajectory showed that population policy was the key.
Will Cooperation Redefine the New World Order?
Politics,Economy

Will Cooperation Redefine the New World Order?

US’ withdrawal from the TPP and the Paris Climate Accords, and the recent dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, signal the US’ waning influence and reinforce the collective will of the international community to cooperate.
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Chinese Coal Investments Firing Up the Indonesian Economy
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Chinese Coal Investments Firing Up the Indonesian Economy

China is embarking on several mega-projects to supply coal and build new power plants in Indonesia to boost the economy, which has been held back by electricity shortages. China may use these projects as references and applications for its BRI projects.
By Tai Wei Lim - 22 Mar 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Russia’s Latest Moves in the Eurasian Economic Union
Economy,Central Asia

Russia’s Latest Moves in the Eurasian Economic Union

The Eurasian Economic Union, started in 2015 by Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, followed by Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, is now acknowledged as one of the world’s major blocs organized for intra-regional cooperation and trade.
By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Mar 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US-China Trade Spat Unlikely to Worsen Despite Deficit
Politics,Economy,China

US-China Trade Spat Unlikely to Worsen Despite Deficit

Contrary to Trump’s comments at the World Economic Forum, a trade war remains unlikely despite the ongoing US-China trade deficit, as criticism of China is part of the campaign narrative and making China a scapegoat for things going wrong is old hat.
What is “Development” in the South Asian Context?
Politics,Economy,South Asia

What is “Development” in the South Asian Context?

Bhutan and Nepal, categorized as Least Developed Countries, rank second and third best among South Asian countries in the 2017 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report. This points to differences in the way “development” is defined.
Wakanda and the Mirror of History
Politics,Economy,Society

Wakanda and the Mirror of History

The Marvel Studios production Black Panther has opened internationally to great acclaim, largely in part to its presentation of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda as an Afrofuturist utopia, an “African country that was never colonized and is the most advanced nation in the world.”
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