US Dollar: The Unexpected Victim of Trump’s Iran Deal Exit?
Politics,Economy
By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 05 Oct 2018

US Dollar: The Unexpected Victim of Trump’s Iran Deal Exit?

The decision of other signatories to proceed with the JCPOA and the likelihood of a successful new trading arrangement sans US dollar could hurt the international position of the US dollar and the currency will be collateral damage to the current impasse.
US-China Trade War: Lessons from US Trade Retaliations against Japan
Politics,Economy,East Asia

By Min-Hua Chiang - 28 Sep 2018

US-China Trade War: Lessons from US Trade Retaliations against Japan

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?

The Need for a More Nuanced Approach towards the BRI
Politics,Economy,China

The Need for a More Nuanced Approach towards the BRI

While addressing the opening of the Forum of China Africa Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to allay fears of not just African countries, but other countries which are part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
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.
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.
Chinese and Japanese Investment in ASEAN: From Competition to Cooperation?
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Chinese and Japanese Investment in ASEAN: From Competition to Cooperation?

ASEAN’s plans to strengthen connectivity has prompted and heightened competition between the two Asian giants of China and Japan, particularly in the areas of infrastructure financing and high-speed rail construction.
By Hong Zhao - 16 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US-China Trade War: Much-needed Recalibration or No-win Situation?
Politics,Economy,China

US-China Trade War: Much-needed Recalibration or No-win Situation?

The US is preparing for a new round of tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese products, following an earlier 25 percent tax on USD 34 billion in Chinese imports. The second wave of tariffs includes finished products sought after by the average US consumer.
By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Development of China’s High Technology Industry
Economy,China

Development of China’s High Technology Industry

China has tried to develop its high technology industry through foreign direct investment since the 1990s. Despite the clear growth in high technology production, China has continued to rely on capital equipment and key components imported from foreign countries.
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