China’s “Belt and Road” and Maritime Southeast Asia
Economy,China,Southeast Asia
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 10 Feb 2017

China’s “Belt and Road” and Maritime Southeast Asia

An effect of the warming relations between China and the Philippines has been the de-emphasis in Manila of the South China Sea dispute. This de-escalation of tensions has brought a surge of Chinese investment, as well as possible Sino-Philippine joint exploration of resources in the South China Sea.  
China’s “Belt and Road” and Mainland Southeast Asia
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 07 Feb 2017

China’s “Belt and Road” and Mainland Southeast Asia

How Trump Can Work with World Leaders
Politics,Economy

By Tai Wei Lim - 03 Feb 2017

How Trump Can Work with World Leaders

China’s USD 40 Billion Investment in Nigeria
Economy,China

China’s USD 40 Billion Investment in Nigeria

On January 11, 2017, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi announced that China will be investing an additional USD 40 billion in Nigeria, on top of China’s USD 45 billion in existing investments in the country.  
What is the Cause of China’s Capital Flight?
Economy,China

What is the Cause of China’s Capital Flight?

In 2015, China’s capital outflow rose to nearly USD 1 trillion. The exodus of capital continued to surge in 2016, which prompted the government’s efforts in imposing new restrictions on yuan movements.
Protest Erupts in Sri Lanka's Hambantota over Chinese Megaproject
Economy,China,South Asia

Protest Erupts in Sri Lanka's Hambantota over Chinese Megaproject

A Chinese megaproject in Sri Lanka has encountered violent resistance from angry local residents who fear forced eviction from their land. The protesters are also worried that Hambantota will become a Chinese colony over time.
The Coming Trade War Between the US and China
Politics,Economy,China

The Coming Trade War Between the US and China

Asia watchers are anxiously awaiting US President-elect Donald Trump’s first actions after his inauguration, in particular whether he will carry out his threat of designating China as a currency manipulator. Such a designation will allow US to institute punitive tariffs on Chinese imports.
The Rationale Behind Trump’s Tax Slash
Economy

The Rationale Behind Trump’s Tax Slash

While the US economy is driven by multiple factors including innovation, business sophistication, market size, financial market development, labor market efficiency, and higher education and training, high tax rates and tax regulations remain the two most important downsides of doing business in US.
2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism
Politics,Economy,Society

2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism

2016 was a breakthrough year for populism, highlighted by the victory of the “leave” campaign in the UK’s Brexit referendum in June, and Donald Trump’s win in the US general elections in November.
Correcting China’s Current Debt Levels
Economy,China

Correcting China’s Current Debt Levels

China’s debt level is increasing, along with toxic debts on its balance sheet. This situation can be compared to Taiwan and South Korea before the financial crisis hit in the 1990s. China may be able to use the same strategies adopted by them to overcome threats to its economy.  
How Predatory Value Extraction Ruined the American Middle Class
Economy,Society

How Predatory Value Extraction Ruined the American Middle Class

Since the 1980s, US business corporations have been restructuring employment relations and financial behavior. Many people lost their jobs and were forced to find jobs in new places. It is a fact that the benefits and costs of the restructuring have been distributed unequally.
The Potential of Chinese Investment in Malaysia's Johor Bahru
Economy,Southeast Asia

The Potential of Chinese Investment in Malaysia's Johor Bahru

Bloomberg reported in November 2016 that Chinese developers were spearheading the USD 100 billion Chinese-made city in Johor Bahru, a city at the southern tip of Malaysia and bordering Singapore, to turn it into the next Shenzhen.
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