TRADE

Low-End Globalization: How China Is Developing the Developing World

When most people think of globalization, they think of Apple, Samsung, McDonald’s, Huawei—vast corporations with globally recognized brands. Yet many people experience globalization not through this “high-end globalization,” but through…
FINANCE

Superstition and Gambling on the Stock Market

In the past few decades, the rise in prosperity in Asia has made it easier for Asians to engage in stock trading. Some do this as a way of diversifying…
DEMOCRACY

Facebook is Hurting Democracy in Myanmar

Politicians and regulators are focusing on how social media can be used as a weapon in polls. But Facebook undermines other parts of representative democracy, not just elections. Myanmar presents…
DEMOCRACY

Anti-Fake News Remedies Worse than the Disease in Asia

Asia is the new battleground for the digitization of elections and social media use. Social networking platforms are remaking the idea of what is public in democracies and autocracies alike.…
INDUSTRY

China Stuck in the Success Trap

It is irrefutable that China has achieved great success in economic growth. It has been the world’s second-largest economy since 2010, and is, by some estimates, poised to become the…
DEMOCRACY

Trust in Ratings: China’s Social Credit System

China is looking to restore “trust” and “sincerity” in society by making a digital “social credit system.” In this kaleidoscopic system of ratings and blacklists, good deeds are met with…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China and the Quad: Challenges for Southeast Asia

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or “the Quad” (US, Japan, Australia, and India), is widely regarded as a counter to China’s rising wealth, power, and ambitions.…
HEALTH

The New Tech of Epidemic Surveillance: A Magic Bullet?

An unmanned aerial vehicle soars above the land, on a mission to deliver blood to a remote health center. High-resolution satellite imagery is analyzed for…
INDUSTRY

China and the Building of Africa’s Information Societies

Huawei, China’s leading telecom equipment company, recently announced its intention to begin operations on a new submarine telecom system connecting Asia and Africa. The project,…
TRADE

The US-Launched Trade War Affects Us All

The United States’ recent announcement of new tariffs on aluminium and steel has fueled fears of a trade war between the US and the rest…
SECURITY

US Attack on Syria Makes Fraying World Order Worse

In striking Syria with missiles on April 13 and 14, the US, UK, and France said the aim was to uphold international law against the…
TRADE

Combating the China Hustle

Filmmaker Jed Rothstein’s documentary The China Hustle tracks a number of fraudulent Chinese companies that have listed on US stock markets. Despite the illegality of…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

ASEAN Ensures Balance of Power in Asia

The 50-year-old Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) prides itself on developing an open regional architecture, that brings together many more countries than just…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

India, the Quad, and the China Question

How does India, the “strategic fulcrum” of the Indo-Pacific, perceive the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or the Quad, comprising Australia, India, Japan, and the United States?…
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