New Measures to Lessen Negative Aspects of Belt and Road Initiative
Economy,South Asia
By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 01 Jun 2017

New Measures to Lessen Negative Aspects of Belt and Road Initiative

India, a notable absence from the BRI, raised the issues that the projects do not follow internationally-recognized norms of good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency, and equality.  
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Two Years On
Economy,China,South Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 29 May 2017

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Two Years On

Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership
Economy,China,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 23 May 2017

Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership

Yu’e Bao: A Double-Edged Sword for Financial Innovation
Economy,China

Yu’e Bao: A Double-Edged Sword for Financial Innovation

Yu’e Bao is a repository for leftover cash from online spending. The speedy growth of the fund highlights the pervasive role now played by technologies, which at the same time disrupts important erstwhile state-controlled economic pillars such as finance.
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.”
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.  
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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