Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim is a research fellow with International Public Policy Pte. Ltd. (IPP), and is the author of Cambodia and the Politics of Aesthetics (Routledge 2013). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has taught at Pannasastra University of Cambodia and the American University of Nigeria. Prior to joining IPP, he was a research fellow with the Longus Institute for Development and Strategy.
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By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 20 Feb 2017
During Narendra Modi’s campaign for the 2014 general elections, he promised to create 10 million jobs for India’s youth if elected. However, job creation, badly impacted by the fall in exports caused by the global economic slowdown, is now at its “lowest in seven years.”
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 10 Feb 2017
Southeast Asia straddles both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road, and the projects promise to stimulate economic development and trade in the participating nations. China and ASEAN seek to raise their trade to USD 1 trillion by 2020.
A spat between former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor has drawn China into a political dispute in Malaysia. The spat concerns Forest City, a real estate project constructed jointly by a Chinese developer and a local developer with a stake held by the Sultan.
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.
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.
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 result of the Italian referendum will have implications for the wave of anti-establishment populism that began with the Brexit vote earlier this year, and which will serve to accelerate the snowball effect of populism as Western Europe undertakes a series of major elections next year.
While the US and its allies were reeling from the recent election of Donald Trump as US president and his pledge to scrap the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership once he comes into office, Chinese President Xi Jinping pushed APEC members to accelerate their negotiations towards the completion of two alternative regional trade agreements.