India Contributing to a Bigger Share of the ASEAN Tourism Pie
Economy,South Asia,Southeast Asia
By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 12 Aug 2019

India Contributing to a Bigger Share of the ASEAN Tourism Pie

The first half of 2019 witnessed a decline in the number of Chinese tourists visiting ASEAN nations. Countries like Thailand can look to India to fill the gap. In 2018, 1.6 million Indians visited Thailand.
India-US Relations: Natural Partners, With Conditions Applied
Politics,Economy,South Asia

By Paras Ratna - 08 Aug 2019

India-US Relations: Natural Partners, With Conditions Applied

Why Do Countries Sign Up with China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
Politics,Economy,China

By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Aug 2019

Why Do Countries Sign Up with China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Japan-South Korea Feud: Economic and Geo-political Ramifications
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Japan-South Korea Feud: Economic and Geo-political Ramifications

Recently, Japan imposed protectionist measures as a retaliation against South Korean court rulings. Japan’s new trade protectionism measures seemed to threaten South Korea’s chip making industry and this had evoked strong reactions.
China and India See More Cooperation in IT
Economy,China,South Asia

China and India See More Cooperation in IT

New Delhi and Beijing have taken steps to find common ground in new areas such as in the information technology sector. The National Association of Software and Services Company of India has set up IT corridors in Guiyang, Xuzhou and Dalian of China.
Time for a Reality Check on BRI-related Projects
Politics,Economy,China

Time for a Reality Check on BRI-related Projects

In the first six months of 2019, China moved on a number of fronts in the Belt and Road Initiative. Many of these projects aimed to create a win-win situation with the recipients of the funds. However, there were some issues that highlighted challenges of the BRI.
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Confusion and Uncertainty Cloud US-China Trade Truce
Politics,Economy,China

Confusion and Uncertainty Cloud US-China Trade Truce

US President Donald Trump called a truce to the US-China trade and technology war at the G-20 summit. He said that the US would not impose new tariffs on about USD 300 billion worth of Chinese imports and would allow American firms to sell products and services to Huawei.
Pakistan’s Economic Woes: Opposition Parties Cashing In?
Politics,Economy,South Asia

Pakistan’s Economic Woes: Opposition Parties Cashing In?

Pakistan’s Economic Survey released in June 2019 strongly underscored the point that the country’s economy is in doldrums. Growth is estimated at 3.3 percent (GDP to fall below 4 percent for the first time), down from well over 5 percent last year.
UK-China Relations: Will Economics Trump Security Concerns?
Politics,Economy,China

UK-China Relations: Will Economics Trump Security Concerns?

The UK may not be China’s first priority in terms of economic engagement, it has however become important as a consequence of China’s ties souring with not just the US but also with Australia.
Hangzhou and Alibaba: The Dynamic Duo of Industry 4.0 in China
Economy,Cyberspace,China

Hangzhou and Alibaba: The Dynamic Duo of Industry 4.0 in China

Alibaba is using “City Brain”, an Artificial Intelligence system, to help ease traffic flow in Hangzhou. Meanwhile, an AI town has been established next to Alibaba’s headquarters and indicates Hangzhou’s plan to lead the fourth industrial revolution within China.
By Tai Wei Lim - 26 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Technology is the Currency of Power in Trump’s Trade War
Politics,Economy,China

Technology is the Currency of Power in Trump’s Trade War

The punitive American tariffs aim more at checking Beijing’s technological ambitions and less at reducing the US trade deficit. Washington’s long-term fear is that China seeks to dislodge the US from its global primacy.
India’s Iran Dilemma
Politics,Economy,South Asia

India’s Iran Dilemma

The importance of Iran for India cannot be overstated. India is Iran’s second largest crude importer, after China. Tensions over Iran’s nuclear and missile program this time around, and the re-imposition of sanctions by the US, have created another round of problems for India.
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